The French like wine. But don’t be mistaken. They do not drink wine all the time. It’s only to accompany food. That’s what we’ve learned when we gave our first reception.
Here in France opening a bottle for dinner is a big thing. You don’t just grab a bottle and be surprised about the taste. You have Merlot, Haute Medoc, Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre, Touraine, Saumur etcetera etcetera. And they all taste different. That you know – right? If not, stop drinking Coca-Cola.
Every year the big hypermarchés like Casino, Cora and Carrefour, offer a wine tasting. And we love it. We go straight to the desk. Spend at least 2 hours with the ‘sommelier’ talking about this and that special light Loire wine that you can accompany roasted chicken or a summer salad. Or about that great Merlot they had last year. We can spend all afternoon tasting one wine after another and have pieces of bread in between glasses.
A little side info. There are four official stages to wine tasting:
Appearance – What does the wine look like? Is it dark or transparent, thick or thin?
“in glass” the aroma of the wine – What doe sit smell like? Fruity, Woody, Nutmeg?
“in mouth” sensations – What does it taste like? Cherry of Butter?
“finish” (aftertaste) – Which flavours remain? It’s not ALL about getting drunk. LOL
The result of this years tasting at Cora? a decent 54 bottles in our ‘cave’.
- Wine Tasting for the Newbie (gigirena.com)
- Wine Tasting: warts ‘n all (winetravelfood.wordpress.com)
- Wine Tasting Adventure (mapetitemaisonverte.com)
- Wine Tasting: Spain, Willcox, Chile, Central Coast (circleoffood.com)