I ought to be ashame of myself. After a month of bloggings with more than 20 post (and million edits!) I still haven't posted anything about vegetables yet! It's all about meat , sweets and things deep fried! An epitome of how to get latent diabetes and Arteriosclerosis before 30.... Well I guess every foodie has his/her Achilles' heel. I, as a matter of fact got two. One for each limb, I suppose.
The first is being ignorant when it comes to alcoholic beverages . Of course, I had my share of drink-anything-with-spirit-era during college days. Booze which are usually cheap and what my barely-there student allowance could afford. It's a miracle that I and my friends and classmates manage to graduate without experiencing alcohol coma after all those dusk til dawn drinking. Oooh how good it was to be young, carefree and tax-less. Well that was ages ago and dinasours still roamed the earth. After graduation however, I simply stop sipping anything with alcohol in it. Gone were the days of getting drunk and wasted after exam. The girl sobered up and stayed that way.
When people grow up mature , then they are slowly exposed to the beauty of anything refine.For example, wine especially good ones is such an indulgence and could be enjoyed as much as good food.The art of wine tasting for instance, is part mezmering and part foreign to me. I always throw a conspicuous glance at this when occasion allows, somehow hoping that one day I would learn the art. Since I don't drink (anymore), I guess it's a long forgotten dream. But at least, I still enjoy looking at people who knows and could do it and love listening to what they have to say. While dining out, I notice that a service crew often gives recommendations. The head of the family, the celebrant or the guy who's obviously paying the bill almost always does the wine tastings. I may not know how wine tasters manage to do what they are doing but at least I could tell you how they are doing it. Here are some steps and tips I picked up between dinner tables.
The Look: After presenting the bottle of wine to the wine tasters, the glass is then filled with a small amount of wine. Big and roundish globes for red wines and lathier glasses for white or rose wines. Of course there's no actual rule what wine glass to use. If there is one, I still haven't read/heard about it yet. Feel free to tell me though, I'm all ears. The wine tasters then gives the contents of the glass a scrutinizing look. I usually have this look when shopping for shoes that looks good on my feet but hurts when walking. The wine glass is then tilt to the side. It is said that by merely looking at the color, gloss and rim of the wine, its age or maturity and even variety of grapes used is identified or at least assumed. Then wine is carefully swirled around. The alcohol content, sweetness or maturity of the wine is sometimes indicated through the depth of color of the liquid. Beside that, swirling the wine enables air and oxygen to get into the wine releasing its smell better. Wow, I'm starting to sound like I actually know something...I simply ask too many questions sometimes.
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Taking these three important things into account, I know I will never be good at it. My tastebuds are never that refine and my liver have enough work to do after all those deep frying. To practice wine drinking am afraid, will surely take its toll.
Anyway, here's a thing or two about wine storing and serving. White and rose wines are best served cold while other sparkly drinks like champange must be chilled. Red wines on the other hand are better served at room temperature. Hmmm I used to put everything in the fridge! There are still a lot of things to know when it comes to wine. Being knowledgeable about it is a great advantage for epicureans . An excellent food and wine pairing repertoire is essential in many ocassions. My knowledge is shamely elementarish. That would be ,white wines for fish dishes and red wines for meat dishes. Apart from that, I'm completely lost. I have to ask FF's opinion all the time. Being a serious wine connaisseurs is not in my book anyway so for now, I will still stick to my Coke. Yikes .Refined...not!(^^)
|I might not look like it but I'm a diet soda....|
to be continued.................