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So You Want to be a Wine Connoisseur: Savor

So You Want to be a Wine Connoisseur: Savor

We’ve offered tips on seeing, smelling, sniffing, and sipping wine. Now, to savor the wine. A true mark of a connoisseur is the ability to evaluate the wine. Having a clean palate and making good use of your taste buds can help you make evaluations…

So You Want to be a Wine Connoisseur: Sip

So You Want to be a Wine Connoisseur: Sip

Becoming a wine connoisseur requires a bit of know-how and some technique. Among the basics are the 5 S’s, being see, swirl, sniff, sip, and savor. Sipping wine involves methodology, part of which is allowing the wine to oxidate in the mouth. An important point…

So You Want to be a Wine Connoisseur: Sniff

So You Want to be a Wine Connoisseur: Sniff

There are five steps to drinking wine like a connoisseur, and the first two were covered in Part 1 of this series – See and Swirl. The next “S” is to sniff the wine. This is truly an essential part of enjoying the flavors in a bottle of wine. We appreciate this step at Rosehill Wine Cellars because proper wine storage in a custom wine cellar or wine cabinet ensures that the aroma is a pleasant one. Custom wine cellars have wine cooling units that maintain the ideal atmosphere for wine storage. Among the top manufacturers we use to keep the right smell in the wine bottles are WhisperKOOL, Wine Guardian, Cellar Pro, and Koolspace KoolR.

Take in the aroma

glass of red wineThe nose has a profound effect on how we experience the taste of wine and foods. To truly focus on the aroma, close your eyes as your put your nose into the glass all the way. Breathe in deeply. Try to identify the scents you detect. If it’s red wine, you may pick up on cherries, tobacco, strawberries, or many other possible aromas. White wine often smells like lemons and other fresh scents, such as pineapple and many others. There is no way to fail the sniff test. At any given wine tasting, for example, if everyone writes down what they catch a whiff of, even ten different wine tasters may pick up on a different smell.

Significance of the sniff test

Ultimately what you’re doing with a sniff of your wine is you are preparing your brain for what your taste buds will soon experience. It enhances actually drinking the wine, to smell it attentively first.

One thing that could happen when you smell the wine is that you could pick up clues that the wine is “corked.” It means that you should probably choose a different bottle to drink. Corked wine has become contaminated with cork taint. The cause is a chemical compound called TCA or 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole. The aroma of corked wine is musty like wet dog, dank towels, or wet newspaper or cardboard.

Proper storage helps pass the smell test

The entire purpose of wine cellars and the use of reliable wine cooling units is to protect wine as it is stored, so that the taste is as the winemaker intended. If temperatures are too warm or if they fluctuate too frequently or if there isn’t the right humidity level, wine can be spoiled. Protecting wine is something you don’t need to worry about when your custom wine cellar or wine cabinet has a cooling unit by a manufacturer such as WhisperKOOL, Wine Guardian, Cellar Pro, or Koolspace KoolR.

So You Want to be a Wine Connoisseur: See & Swirl

So You Want to be a Wine Connoisseur: See & Swirl

One way to add new dimension to life is to reach for your heart-felt aspirations. For many people, becoming a wine connoisseur is a great way to take life to the next level. There is no college degree or set of classes required to earn…

Wonderful Wine Words

Wonderful Wine Words

So you have a new wine cabinet or custom wine cellar in Toronto, and you need to brush up on your wine words? The lingo associated with wine is as distinctive as the beverage itself. As a wine lover, you don’t want to be perceived…

Food & Wine Pairings for Chardonnay in Summer

Food & Wine Pairings for Chardonnay in Summer

The anticipation of opening a decade-old Chardonnay or even one that is recently released is enhanced by serving the fine wine with just the right menu selections. The tasting notes of the particular bottle of Chardonnay you are drinking can vary widely, including the added variable of whether it is oaked or unoaked. Although there are many differences in Chardonnay types and labels, one thing they typically have in common is voluptuousness. One of the only possible reasons such a pleasure might, instead, be a letdown is if the wine was not kept in the ideal conditions of a climate-controlled wine cellar with a wine cooling unit from a major manufacturer such as Wine Guardian. Wine that is aged especially needs the ideal storage environment before enjoying it with the perfect entrees.

Food Pairings with Chardonnay

Sparkling wine
Chardonnay wines are perfect with various food pairings.

Chardonnays are velvety wines rich with citrusy flavors such as grapefruit and lemon. When fermented in new oak barrels, there is usually a distinct buttery tone, with the flavors of vanilla, coconut, toffee, and toast. Summer is a wonderful season to pair it with certain foods. The following are some helpful tips:

Oak-aged Chardonnays

Open a barrel-fermented Chardonnay within a year to three years of purchase. Serve with cheddar cheese and late summer vegetables such as pumpkin, butternut squash, corn, and red peppers. Ideal main entrées include grilled veal chops and turbot, a sumptuous fish.

Barrel-fermented Chardonnays

You’ll need a wine cellar or wine cabinet with a reliable cooling unit from Wine Guardian or another top manufacturer to keep barrel-fermented Chardonnay protected during an aging process of 3 to 8 years. This wine develops a creamy texture and a nutty taste, which is best served with delicate dishes. Some suggestions include roast chicken or guinea fowl with white truffles and slow roast tomatoes.

Young Unoaked Chardonnay

Chablis is an example of a young, unoaked Chardonnay from a cool climate. Good food pairings include delicate dishes such as prawns, grilled fish, spring vegetables, and pasta. Creamy vegetables soups are also perfect.

Contact Rosehill Wine Cellars

Looking forward to your next meal with Chardonnay? Make sure everything turns out well by keeping your fine wines stored in your own custom wine cellar or wine cabinet. At Rosehill Wine Cellars, we recommend wine cooling units by top manufacturers, including Wine Guardian.