After the 2015 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival opening reception & toast… I found myself in a delightful wine tasting seminar with Connoisseurs Michael McNeill (GA) and Rodrigo Soto (Chile).
I had to make a quick trip to Sandy Springs (20 minutes away) for a fitness photo shoot and to my surprise… it was short & sweet! My clients were so easy & delightful to photograph… and the lighting was PERFECT! All I could think about was getting back to Midtown indulge in the tasting tents 🙂
It was as though my seat was waiting for me… the opening was 5 steps from the door and I walked right into the white wines from Italy and Texas. Each participant had a variety of 8 glasses to taste and here’s 5 things I learned:
1. Texas wines are JUST as good as Sicily. They are growing in the industry and doing things right. My favorite during the tasting was a super Nero red wine from Texas. It was well rounded with a smoother/softer taste.
2. Statistics show that most wines are opened within 7 minutes of purchase. LOL, I can believe that because my bottles are popped open as soon as I get home from the grocery store.
3. Wine makers have adjusted to making wines that last a shorter amount of time. Not as much aging…
4. My NEW favorite Rosette is called Whispering Angels from France 🙂
5. That “bourbon-like” taste I experienced during Thanksgiving dinners at my grandma’s house is actually an American oak ingredient used in red wines. I never liked it and now I know why.
Stay tuned for more #AFWF2015 highlights!