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favorite beverage."I have my old tried and trues that I drink all the time," he says, "but I'm always looking for new, interesting wineries and winemakers that offer something unique."It's a view shared by thousands of other Bay Area wine lovers.Others, including the staff at Facebook, go in a do it yourself direction and launch their own wine group. But a few how to tips can be helpful, says Laurie Lindrup, the International Culinary Center's special events director, who presented a seminar at Facebook as the kickoff to its new, in house "wine school."Establish a format up front, Lindrup says. Set a regular day and time for tastings, and define the group's ground rules, budget and location.Think about group size both in terms of wine and discussion. A regular bottle Hermes Card Holder Black of wine delivers a dozen 2 ounce pours. And the larger the group, she notes, "the more time it will take to go around the table and talk about the wines."Buy a set of tasting glasses. These can be purchased inexpensively at Target or BevMo, but Lindrup recommends Riedel's Sangiovese glass, which is the standard at the International Culinary Center, which is located in Campbell.Include blind tastings. Lindrup suggests launching the group with what she calls "a little tour du monde," pinot noirs from around the world, for example, but says that "blind" tastings, in which similar wines are compared while the labels Hermes Bag Price 2016
Hugh Johnson, but tech sheets and other background are plentiful online.Keep a journal. Back in the day, many wine geeks would make notes about the wines they drank. "I carried a spiral notebook in my purse," Lindrup says. Today, there are endless mobile apps for capturing this information.Build a relationship with a good retailer. Obviously, they benefit, too, but wine dealers can be valuable sources of information, advice and hard to find bottles.
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are hidden, are great for learning. You can buy fancy labels to conceal wine labels, but Lindrup says tube socks or paper bags work just as well.Use a standard score sheet. Most tasters end up ranking wines in some fashion, but it's more helpful if everyone uses the same metric. Many downloadable versions are available online.Research the wines being tasted beforehand. Many pros use wine tomes from Oz Clark and Hermes Kelly Canvas
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