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Dear Girl About Town, Last night, I mistook a Shiraz for a Zinfandel and thought Chardonnay was the hostess’ name! Everyone was talking about legs and spitting half of the wine out. Please help me learn the lingo before I die of thirst!
Don’t be intimidated, dear reader, about the wine snobs. Wine tastings are to adults now what baseball trading cards are to children; merely a group with a common interest. Beneath that pompousness the group’s main interest is to get sloshed.
Combine drinking with learning in a wine tasting class on your travel and before long, you’ll be smelling notes of leather and gooseberry in your drink too. Wine classes usually offer six to eight different kinds of wine to try, usually starting with a sparkling or champagne if you’re lucky, and move through the different grapes and regions of the area.
Eat beforehand, scribble some notes on a piece of paper, and mention the delicious Chateau Latour that you had for lunch and you’ll hold your own.
Give these classes a try:
Rome: Vino Roma www.vinoroma.com This dedicated, unique location in the center of Rome, allows for Italian wine tastings in English. Learn about wine in a fun and easy way.
Paris: O Chateau Started by energetic Olivier Magney, author of “Stuff Parisiens Like”, O Chateau’s Wine Tastings are presented in English, by a bilingual sommelier. www.o-chateau.com
Buenos Aires: Anuva Wines www.anuvawines.com Anuva Wines is a wine tasting service in Buenos Aires offering you a chance to learn about Malbecs, Torrontes, and the sparkling wines of South America.
Singapore: The Local Nose www.thelocalnose.com offers a chance to buy fine good value wines online from Singapore merchants, read expert wine reviews, find wine events and wine education courses.
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