Saturday Wine Club
With people becoming more and more enthusiastic about wine these days and the subsequent plethora of choices on offer, Il Forno Restaurant has created a fantastic opportunity for those who enjoy wine to increase their knowledge in a relaxed, informal environment. Hosted by Alice Anastasiou, these monthly events last around 2 hours where you will get to sample 6 wines, accompanied with a selection of mouth watering regional cheeses, cured meats, olives, breads and chocolate for an indulgent finishing touch.
Il Forno’s Wine Saturday Wine Club is a great education the perfect gift for friends or loved ones.
We asked the expert herself to pass on some knowledge to our audience.
Alice’s’ Systematic approach to wine tasting:
“Learning how to taste wines is a straightforward adventure that will deepen your appreciation for both wines and winemakers. Appearance, smell, taste – starting with your basic senses and expanding from there you will learn how to taste wines like the pros in no time!” explains Alice.
Clarity – wine has to be clear Brightness – shows acidity Colour – the meniscus (edge) reveals the age of your wine Viscosity – density, thickness and speed of tears/legs will show alcohol or sugar concentration
First nose - Is it nice? Is it “open”? Is there a problem? Second nose – After swirling, inhale the aromas and define the intensity, the family of aromas
The attack – Is it warm, acidic, astringent? First impression! Balance – Is it balanced? Is it leaning towards one side?
Body – What’s its very substance? What do you eat in the wine? Aftertaste – how long is the aftertaste? (count the “caudalies”). Is it flat, or do you notice variations?
Whites: Acidity/Sweetness (acidity makes wine “nervous” & “lively” vs. sugar which makes it heavier (“richer”) Reds: Acidity/Sweetness/Tannins (tannins being the mouth-drying texture in reds – they come from the skin, seeds and stem of the grape)