Wine Club Saturdays with Alice Anastasiou

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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.

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 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.

1. Appearances:

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

2. Noses: 

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

3. Palette:

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?

Balance

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)

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