Wine Tasting Guide – Pairing Wine & Chocolates | Friars

Drinking wine is often reserved for special occasions. By special occasions, we mean things like Christmas, Birthday’s, the end of the working week etc. Wine, however is a beverage that includes many layers of complexity, a little like a fascinating chocolate truffle, which is why we believe in order to really drink wine, you need to learn how to taste it.

That’s because tasting a wine correctly really can open up your taste buds to a new world of possibilities, teaching you to pair wine with delicious foods, and importantly, with decadent chocolates too. 

Have a look at our perfect white wine and chocolate gift pack for your own wine and chocolate inspiration!

Master Wine Tasting | Friars

To really master wine tasting and become a true wine connoisseur does take years of practice and refinement. The good thing about this is that it means drinking lots of delicious wines and really exploring the world wine maps. Obviously however, this isn’t practical for many of us, which is why we have written a short beginners guide to help you along the way. 

Don’t expect to become a wine sommelier after this, but at the very least, we hope it helps you learn to decide what to look for when creating your perfect Friars chocolate and wine combinations in the future. 

See our own wines, specially crafted to be enjoyed with chocolate:

Friars Sauvignon Blanc White Wine

Friars Merlot Red Wine

A Brief Wine Tasting Guide | Friars

There are four very simple steps that you should take when trying to taste the complex flavour profile of a wine. You need to Look, Smell, Taste and Think. Take a look at the colour of your wine, the more you taste, the more you’ll be able to predict a flavour profile just by judging the depth of the colours and it’s viscosity. 

Smell the wine, think about what scents you can pick up. A real wine taster will tell you about the complex layers of wine aroma, from the primary aroma right through to tertiary aromas. The aroma of the wine can tell a wine taster everything, from the type of grape used to yeast types, and even how the wine has aged. 

In order to taste the wine, you need to, taste the wine. Have a sip of the wine and feel it with your tongue. Let the flavours sit in your mouth and continue to ‘taste’ even after you’ve swallowed it.

Lastly, think about the wine. Did you like it, what did you taste? How long did the taste last and did the flavour change over time? What does it smell like, has the smell impacted the taste? What did it look like? 

By combining these quick and easy steps, you can take your wine drinking to the next level and discover new horizons even with the most basic and cheapest supermarket wines. Learn to taste the wine, and you’ll soon be able to create exciting wine and chocolate pairings of your own too!
See more on how to taste wines at Wine Folly.

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