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5 Simple Tips to Ace a Wine Tasting!
3/5/2017 8:03:57 PM
If you’re a wine lover (and who isn’t?), sooner or later you’re going to find yourself at a wine tasting event. There’s a big one coming up in New Jersey, actually it’s arguably the biggest — and best — wine tasting event in New Jersey all year.
9th Annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival
at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, New Jersey. If you’re going — good for you! If you’re not, there’s still time to get your tickets. It’s three days of events dedicated to all things food and wine, with special wine and food pairing dinners, breakout sessions, a champagne brunch and more. But the big event, the one you cannot miss is the
being held on Saturday night, April 1st.
More than 30 top chefs from NJ and NYC join leading wineries and distilleries from around the world in this showcase event. Taste over 100 varieties of wine from esteemed wineries including Hall Wines, Walt Wines, Hess Estates, Bodega Colome, Artezin Wines, Amalaya Vineyards, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Illumination, Faust, Flowers Vineyards, Quintessa, Beringer Vineyards, Domaine Sainte Marie, Stags' Leap Winery, Trinchero Family Vineyards, Joel Gott Wines, The Prisoner Wine Company, Husic Vineyards, Macallan Single Malt, Partida Tequila, Virginia Highland Malt Whiskey and New Belgium Brewing Company.
It’s like a dream come true for wine aficionados, but without a game plan you could miss out on the wines you really want to try and end up drinking way more than you should. Luckily, we’re pros at attending these sorts of events and we’ll help you plan your way to the best night of wine tasting you’ve ever had and all it takes is five simple steps:
1. You can’t drink everything (no really, you can’t)
There are more than 100 different wines to try and no matter what you might think, that’s not something anyone could possibly tackle in a single night. Each table will have a variety (or flight) of wines to try — some with different varietals, some with different levels of the same varietals and it’s ok not to try every wine offered at every table. It’s also ok to take a sip of wine and either pour out or spit the extra into the provided buckets at each table (it’s ok, it’s perfectly acceptable to spit in public at these types of events).
2. Make a game plan.
When you arrive, you’ll be handed a brochure with a map of the event, including the winemakers and varieties offered at each table. Take a few moments to map out a strategy to make sure you get to sample the wines that most appeal to you. It’s easy to be side-tracked as you walk around and see all of those beautiful aromatic wines just begging to be tried, but before you go off track make sure you visit the ones you’ve been dying to try.
3. Hydrate and eat throughout the night
It’s called the FOOD & Wine Festival for a reason. There is going to be food. Incredible gourmet food from some of the best NYC and NJ restaurants and you need to try some. Not only because it’s delicious, but also because you cannot drink all night on an empty stomach and feel good the following morning. And water. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the night. Your head will thank you for it the next morning.
4. Take notes on the wines you like!
As much as you think you’ll remember what you liked, you won’t. There are just too many amazing wines available that night. Bringing a notebook along is one idea, but since just about everyone has a smartphone, take photos of the wine labels of the ones that you really, really liked so you’ll remember which ones you are going to want to buy.
And speaking of buying… every wine, every spirit, every craft beer you taste is offered for sale at local Wine Country and Wine & Whiskey Country stores throughout New Jersey and online at
. There’s even handy order forms at each table if you want to fill one out as you go!
5. Don’t drink and drive
There is absolutely no excuse for drinking and driving. None. Plan ahead and ensure you can enjoy every single moment of this event and can safely enjoy future wine tasting events to come. We’ve got three suggestions:
• Bring along a Designated Driver. You may end up owing them a HUGE favor, but getting home safe and sound is worth whatever hard bargaining is involved.
• Utilize Uber or Lyft or a good old-fashioned taxi company, that’s what they are there to do.
• Book a room at
Grand Cascade Lodge or Mineral Springs Resort. One hotel is on the property of the event itself, the other is a short distance away and provides free shuttle service to and from the event. Problem solved and you’ve just made a great weekend getaway for yourself.
Now that you’ve got your plan in place, the only thing left to do is get your
before they sell out. Hope to see you there!
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