The Big Fat Wine Experience
We all have our own personal cultural experiences that are constantly changing with everything we do throughout our lives. Whether you travel, immerse yourself in different cultures, learn a new language or venture out in your own hometown, these life-grown additions season our intellect and provide a new taste on life.
As you evolve in your adventures as a wine lover, it becomes plainly evident that wine brings its own cultural enlightenments. This can be found in the ritual of drinking wine, the people you meet, the craft of the winemakers and the rich historical aspects it brings to us in each and every glass. Even with a minor appreciation for wine, one can’t help but visualize strolling through a lush vineyard in Burgundy or sitting on a hillside, overlooking a Tuscan sunset, sipping on flavorful Chianti.
Personal enjoyment of wine varies with every bottle. When we drink wine, our taste buds are stimulated by multitudes of flavors and the alcohol brings a calming effect to our brain. Taste involves four major components: sweetness, saltiness, acidity and bitterness. The acidity and sweetness in wine are the two factors that balance together to produce a pleasant sensation on our sense of taste. We taste the acidity with the middle of the tongue and the sweetness with the tip of the tongue.
Wines with too much acidity taste harsh, those with not enough acidity taste boring and their flavor does not linger in the mouth long after tasting. Bitterness is caused by the tannins in the wine. Tannins are natural compounds that are found in grape skins, seeds, and stems. Additionally, during the aging process oak barrels infuse tannin into the juice. Too much tannin makes the wine too bitter to enjoy. The right amount of tannins bring together all of the different flavors and presents itself in one luscious package. The multitudes of fruit flavors in wine contribute to the sweetness we taste. Try detecting different fruit characteristics, such as berries, plums, apples, pears…It’s like an orchestrated taste explosion that melds with our many senses. Appearance or sight is important as well. The colors and shades are always amazingly different, even amongst the same varietals and vintages. Our sense of smell picks up on the fragrances. It is highly complex as we pay attention to what we’re drinking.
There is much to learn about wine, and we find that the more we immerse ourselves in absorbing the vast amount of information on wine, the more enriched our lives are becoming. As we develop our senses in enjoying wine, we are also enriching and experiencing the many layers of life as well.
I don’t think General Electric would appreciate a “Wine Brings Good Things to Life” motto, but its meaning is ever so true. For us at Big Fat Wine [BFW], bringing the lifestyle of wine into fruition is our vision quest. Not for just our own personal enjoyment, but for the rest of you that have chosen to take the entire wine experience to another level.