Learn How To Taste Wine

Learn How To Taste Wine - Look Pour a glass of wine into a suitable wine glass. Then take a good look at the wine. What color is it? Look beyond red, white or blush. If it's a red wine is the color maroon, purple, ruby, garnet, red or even brownish.

If it's a white wine is it clear, straw-like, golden, light green, pale yellow or brown in appearance?

Still Looking. Move on to the wine's opacity. Is the wine clear, cloudy, transparent or opaque? Tilt your glass a bit, give it a little swirl - look again, you are looking at color, clarity, brilliance (sounds like you're finding the perfect diamond!) - is there sediment, bits of cork or any other floating bits? An older red wine will be more translucent than younger red wines.

Prepare a Cheese Board

How to Prepare a Cheese Board - Whether you need one for cocktails, as a first course, or to finish a meal, it pays to put as little effort into the next cheese board you prepare. But the good news is that the only effort required is a little planning combined with finding a good cheese merchant, because a cheese board is one of the easiest courses you can prepare.

Follow these guidelines the next time you're planning a cheese course for your party.

Choosing Your Cheeses - Plan on serving from three to five cheeses. Any more than that will confuse your guests' palates.

Describe Styles of Wines

How To Describe Styles of Wines - The Book "The Good Life Guide to Enjoying Wine" In one afternoon reading and tasting, you’ll find the answers to the most frequently asked questions that the author has heard while teaching about wine in California.

You’ll learn how to describe the styles of wine you like best as well as practical advice on navigating restaurant wine lists, buying wine at the store, pairing wine and food and getting the most value out of every dollar you spend on wine.

Published by The Writers' Collective, The Good Life Guide to Enjoying Wine is distributed by Midpoint Trade Books and will be available through Ingram and at fine bookstores everywhere. Only 96 pages long and 5x8 inches in size, the Library Journal calls it ”A commonsense, pocket-sized primer to suit time-pressed wine newbies.” Hardcover, $13.95, ISBN# 1594110816.