Leslie Sbrocco’s wine tasting tips from the Boston Wine Expo in January 2011.
Are you sometimes overwhelmed with where to start when you are handed the wine list at a restaurant? Head Thirsty Girl, Leslie Sbrocco has some tips for help you navigate through a wine list.
- Ask for help from the sommelier.
- Be adventurous- and look for other sections or wines from other countries.
- Instead of just a glass, go for a half bottle of wine.
When it comes to pairing wine with food, we all have our favorites. Whether you’re eating something sweet, salty or spicy, try think of “refreshing” when pairing a wine with it. Here, Leslie shares some of her favorite tips when pairing wine with food.
A Food and Wine pairing tip from Leslie: Match the texture or feel of the food and wine: Delicate foods with delicate wines and big foods with big wines. (Think leather pants with a sweater and linen pants with a cotton shirt.) It’s not the outdated mantra of red wine with meat and white with fish; it’s about the weight of the food and wine in your mouth.
What are your food and wine pairing tips?
What favorite wines do you like to pair with heavier, more robust foods?
What wines do you pair with lighter fare?
Think about the textures of food when deciding what wine to pair them with. In this video, wine expert and Head Thirsty Girl, Leslie Sbrocco gives her tips for how to pair different food dishes with wines taking into account their textures and flavors.
No longer is it the case where wine in a box or with a screw top is an indicator of bad wine. High quality wines are becoming more and more available in alternative packaging. Watch Head Thirsty Girl, Leslie Sbrocco in the video below as she explains the different types of alternative wine packaging options.
See, swirl, smell and sip…the four S’s of wine tasting. In this video, Leslie Sbrocco gives her secrets how See, Swirl, Smell and Sip are used to enhance your wine tasting experience.
See: Get an indication of the grape variety and age by looking at the wine.
Swirl: Swirl the wine to coat the glass with wine to allow the wine to express itself.
Smell: Identify the smells that come from the aroma of the wine.
Sip: Sipping the wine to assess the balance of the wine.
As the most famous wine region in the United States, the Napa Valley has millions of visitors per year.
Must see spots:
- the historic caves at Beringer Vineyards
- lunch at Tra Vigne or Mustards Grill
- a stop by the Oakville Grocery for picnic supplies
Watch Head Thirsty Girl, Leslie Sbrocco in the video below for some more tips and must-see wineries and restaurants to visit when traveling through Napa Valley.
Share your tips below for traveling through the Napa Valley to visit wineries, spas and other must see spots. Have a favorite hiking spot or outdoor activity?- Let other Thirsty Girls know!
Of course, any glass with wine in it is considered a wine glass but what else should you consider when choosing wine stemware? In this video, Leslie Sbrocco gives you a quick overview about what features to consider for your wine stemware. And find out her bonus tips for how to keep track of your wine glass at a party.
Wondering what wine gadgets are essential for your wine tasting kit? In the video below, Head Thirsty Girl and Wine Expert, Leslie Sbrocco shares what she considers to be essential basic wine gadgets.
Many of you may ask, “Leftover wine? What’s that?” Should you find yourself with some leftover wine and are wondering how to keep it fresh until later, watch the video below as head Thirsty Girl, Leslie Sbrocco, shares her tips for storing leftover wine.