Friday, October 19, 2012

Wine Tasting and BBQ

I love food. I enjoy cooking for myself, for friends and for family. My favorite food is BBQ. In my search for great Q I have had side adventures with grilling, cooking and trying new things. About two years ago my wife and I, along with some friends, did an online wine tasting course. It changed the way I look at foods and drinks.
I know an online course sounds strange but in this course they tell you what types of wine to buy for each section and explain how to taste and view it. You also have a sheet to record your thoughts about it. Before the class I didn't realize the differences between a Merlot and a Cabernet. Or a Riesling and a Muscotto. Or two Merlots could taste so different.

The idea of wine tasting sounds very highbrow, but it increases your senses to the flavors of other things. For example beer. Many people drink beer but don't realize how different in flavor profiles they are. Or Coke and Pepsi. Some people can't tell the difference between the two but I can. I have always been able too.

Noticing the subtleties in wine has helped me to notice the subtleties in BBQ sauces, BBQ and other foods. It has opened my taste buds to another world. If you ever get a chance to take a tasting class of some type (wine, beer, coffee, tea) go for it. It will enhance your understanding of flavors and food.

Here are some great places to start warming up those taste buds.
The Wine Enthusiast has some great information on wine and the varieties to get you started.
Draft Magazine will help you find your way through the maze of beers.
Coffee Geek has information to help you brew the perfect cup of joe.
Teaosophy helps to bag the perfect spot of tea.

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