Hosting an informal wine tasting provides a welcome change from movie nights – plus, it’s a great way to stay out of the cold and get to know your wines with good friends and family.
Durbanville Hills Cellar Master, Martin Moore, explains that learning to be your own wine sommelier and arranging a wine party is easier than you might think. “It really comes down to a bit of party planning and some research into particular wine and food pairings. For example, I would recommend tasting reds in winter because their silkiness and temperature generally work well for cosy nights in.”
Moore shares his steps for the ultimate winter wine party:
He adds that if you’re planning to go ahead with a simpler pairing, such as cheese and wine, Boerenkaas, Emmenthal, Camembert, Red Leicester, and mild Cheddar are perfect matches for Merlot, however, he cautions strongly flavoured cheeses like blue-veined cheeses.
“Your pairings are mostly dependent on the wine you want to serve for the night and on the type of tasting you are looking to do – you can then find the perfect meal to accompany the wine”.MOORE
Lastly, he concludes that making sure you have the other essentials such as a spittoon for excess wine, fresh water for rinsing and palate cleansers will take your wine party to the next level.
To purchase any Durbanville Hills wines visit Vinoteque or contact Durbanville Hills directly.
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