One of the most interesting questions we are often asked at shows, such as the Toronto Gourmet Food and Wine Expo of last week, is “how does one correctly taste wine to get the full experience of the taste and the aroma of wine…?” Imagine the look on the lady’s face when I blurted out my answer during one of the seminars: “Just pucker up, Ma’am!”
That’s right. You don’t gulp wine, or merely drink wine…but you sip wine with a subtle slurp if you really know what you’re doing it. An equal amount of oxygen must cross your lips at the same time as the wine so as to continue to liberate the aromas and the wonderful flavors you started to release when you gently swirled your glass before bringing it to your mouth.
Just like kissing it. Now, you can tell how good this wine really is. …and that’s why I alwayskiss and tell. And you should too.
Thank you to all those that sent me their heartfelt comments about my last blog (The Centerpiece of Italian Culture…) I’m glad that you enjoyed it but it’s particularly pleasing to me that the piece actually awakened some pleasant family memories for some of you. It did for me too.
Someone asked me, recently, why or how I ended up (sort of) in the wine business after a few-decades -long career in the corporate world…a career in an industry that could not possibly be further away from wine. The answer is: I don’t know. Fate, I guess.
Here’s what I do know: after four years Continue reading →
Does the seemingly perpetual decline in consumption of France’s national drink symbolise a corresponding decline in French civilization?
The question worries a lot of people – including flag-wavers for French exceptionalism – all of whom have watched with consternation the gradual disappearance of wine from the national dinner table. Recent figures merely confirm what has been observed for years, that the number of regular drinkers of wine in France is in freefall.
In 1980 more than half of adults were consuming wine on a near-daily basis. Today that figure has fallen to 17%. Meanwhile, the proportion of French people who never drink wine at all has doubled to 38%. In 1965, the amount of wine consumed per head of population was 160 litres a year. In 2010, that has fallen to 57 litres and will most likely dip to no more than 30 litres in the years ahead. Continue reading →