Friday, October 06, 2006

Let's get buzzed

Has anyone ever been to a wine tasting?
I've never been to one, as my wine drinking has been limited to sips at Christmas and Thanksgiving before gulping down cups of soda or egg nog. I hear commercials for them all the time, and have wondered how many people actually go to these things. I know of people (some of the agents here, actually) that have wine closets, and wine collections, and of course bring a bottle with them when they are invited to someone's home. My bossman always has a glass of wine when he goes out to lunch, since he goes to these fancy places that serve sparkling water and give you the eye when you ask for a coke. Bossman and Beantown get magazines here that advertise wines and fancy cigars at 'below market value' and that 'are of exceptional taste'. As far as I know they only order from these places at this time of year, as gifts to co-workers and/or Mortgage buddies that give them a deal. Since I am obviously from a different upbringing than they are, I wouldn't really relish in having these as gifts for the holidays, even if the wine is made from 'hand selected grapes and aged to perfection' and 'come from the finest of fields in Spain and Portugal'. I am not a wine drinker. And don't even think about the cigars...
So- have any of you ever gone to a wine tasting? What's it like? Do you spit or swallow? (If that didn't sound right...lol) Are all the people stuck up and snobby? Share...

4 comments:

Mama of 2 said...

Not a wine drinker either. Just doesn't taste all that good to me.

My sister on the other hand had a friend get married at a vineyard in the Napa Valley and did go to a wine tasting as part of their pre wedding festivites. She said it was fun and it was easy to get drunk even though it was only a sips...it was many many sips. LOL

dennis said...

Well, I've never been in a position of having to spit or swallow, but I have been to winery tours and there are spit buckets on premises...

creative-Type Dad (Tony) said...

Hmm, spit or swallow...

Yes, the wife and I are into wines. At tastings you just take a few small sips, let it roll off the tongue back into the throat, breathe in, hold, and exhale through the nose. Then eat a cracker or nuts to "cleanse the palette"

It's like smoking pot. But I haven't done that since college. I drink wine now.

Zach & Brie's Mom said...

I think you are supposed to sniff, swish, sip, and spit. Maybe not in that order?

Haven't been to an official tasting before, but all wine sort of tastes the same to me.