How to Talk about Wine
We often go to some banquets or parties and chat with many people. How to open a conversation? According to some professional advice, a glass of wine in our hand is a very straight topic. It’s not as difficult as you imagine. You may choose some familiar wine regions or wine types.
- First, country and region, for example, some famous French wine regions, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and Alsace etc. Choose those world famous regions, which almost all wine lovers would know.
- Grape variety. The most common white wine grapes are like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Riesling. Red wine grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz, etc. Pick the one you like the most or familiar to talk.
- Aroma. Some are strong and the others are light. For reds, the aroma would probably be black currant and plum etc. For whites, some have tropical fruit odor, e.g. lemon, apple, or mineral flavor. In cask aged wine, it often tastes a wonderful oak aroma.
- Acidity and Tannin. After tasting the wine, you could talk about acidity and Tannin. Acidity could be high or low. Some tannin ripe and soft, but some are unripe and rough. Express strong or light.
Now, drink a toast.