• Drew told me the tasting was at three. I knew I had to get back to the house by at least 2:15 or I’d miss my ride to the tasting. I ended up wearing a gray fleece coat and suede brown pants. The car was screaming through traffic to make it on time. I dodged three strollers and a crosswalk guard. The crazies were out that day, determined to stop me from reaching my house and the tasting.  I turned to my fellow passenger (Bob the hedgehog I was supposed to take care of for my daughter whilst she was at school) and yelled “Hold on! This is gonna be a wicked ride!”


    When I first started drinking wine I didn’t like it at all. I took a sip with meals trying to understand where people got their desire to drink wine. I tried wine with every meal in an attempt to find what people enjoyed about it. I had decided to like it regardless of how long it took.

    I kept taking sips until I enjoyed the drinking of it.

    I then enjoyed the differences I was able to detect in wines.

    When I was able to tell some of the grape varietals just by taste, aroma and sight I was flabbergasted.

    I still have a difficult time identifying mixed varietals and grapes that I haven’t tasted multiple times, but I enjoy noticing the minor differences in grapes and where they were grown.

    In wine tasting circles one approaches the wine with a set of observations.

    It begins with sight. You look at the wine to see the color variations of it and whether it changes at the rim of the glass. If the wine goes from ruby to orange then you know that the wine has a bit of age to it. One also looks at whether the wine is cloudy or clear. If it is cloudy it more often then not is unfiltered and shows the style of wine making.

    Then assessing aroma gives more of the mystery light. What are the fruits that you smell? What are the earth tones or spices that you might be reminded of?

    Everyone’s take may be different, but some similarities usually exist between the different perceptions.

    When tasting the wine I like to see what aromas translate to the palate. By that I mean what did you smell that you now also taste?

    I like to identify what is different in aroma versus taste, but I also like to feel the weight on the tongue. If it feels heavy in the mouth you would say it has a lot of body.

    If the wine makes your salivary glands active and your cheeks pucker then the acid in the wine is prevalent.

    The finish of the wine is by name the last thing you think about. I think its of greatest import seeing as how its what you’re left with. A good wine will last for a long time on your taste buds and in your memory.

    What made me enjoy wine more was the quest to recognize why I liked one more than another.