Take Home a Tasting
While you are touring and tasting your way through Michigan's beautiful wine country, you can also be collecting bottles of wine to host a tasting for your friends or wine club. Your guests will love it, and it's easy to do.
- Buy your wines from different wineries; your guests can experience the variety, just as you did.
- You will need at least 2 ounces of each wine for each person; so, you'll want to have one bottle of each wine for 8 to 12 people.
- Use wine styles that people are not familiar with; it can be fun to try new things. If you serve a Chardonnay, for instance, it could be one NOT aged in oak. People who usually drink oak-aged wines may be fascinated by the very different taste of a dry Riesling. Cabernet Sauvignon drinkers may enjoy Cabernet Franc.
- Serve both white and red wines, dry and semi-dry. Not all your guests will like the same types of wine.
- Wines are best served in the order of dry to sweet and, within that, from white to red. So, a dry red is served before a slightly sweet white, to fully appreciate its qualities.
- Give each guest a list of the wines with space to write their comments.
- Provide water to rinse glasses between wines, and a container to dispose of unwanted wine.
- Serve a light snack (cheese and crackers or bread) and have drinking water available. This will help you be a responsible host.
Engage All Your Senses!
Swirl the wine around in the glass to release aromas and observe the wine's color and body.
Sniff the wine to detect components like fruit, oak, floral scents, youthfulness and maturity.
Swirl and sniff again (as many times as you want!)
Sip and Savor
Try to identify traits like sweetness, tartness and bitterness, as well as fruit, oak and more.