Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wine Enthusiast Date Recommendation

Written by Lindsay K. of Love Kudos
This in the bottle of wine I purchased.

This past weekend I had a wonderful date because my date had planned to take me to a wine tasting class at Water 2 Wine. He knew I favored wine over other alcoholic drinks and suggested we go.  I love wine, but I never really knew why I liked a particular glass of Merlot or Cab.  Terms like medium or full bodied, tart, dry, sweet, acidic, lingers or falls off can be used to describe wine.  And what are tannins, legs and tears? I also wanted to learn what which wines pair with certain foods.

I definitely recommend attending a wine tasting class for a third or later date, since it offers a fun atmosphere to learn and discuss each others likes and dislikes.  I don't think it would make a first date, since you really don't have to talk directly with one another.  I also suggest eating a good sized meal beforehand because I only had a light meal and was schnockered (drunk in Yiddish) after 1.5 hours of sampling the wine.  We went to the Water 2 Wine at the Round Rock location, but they have 2 other locations in Austin and others in Texas, Colorado, and California. There are other businesses that offer wine tasting events, like Central Market.  Just Google it!

But sulfites in wine give me a headache.....

Water2Wine stated they use 15 times less sulfites than commercial wines, since their wine is created and bottled on location.  Wikipedia, states "sulfites occur naturally in all wines to some extent. Sulfites are commonly introduced to arrest fermentation at a desired time, and may also be added to wine as preservatives to prevent spoilage and oxidation at several stages of the winemaking. Sulfur dioxide (SO2, sulfur with two atoms of oxygen) protects wine from not only oxidation, but also bacteria. Without sulfur, grape juice would turn to vinegar. Organic wines are not necessarily sulfite-free.  In general, sweet (dessert) wines contain more sulfites than dry wines, and white wines contain more sulfites than red wines."

According to, "In 1986, the FDA banned the use of sulfites on fruits and vegetables that are eaten raw, such as lettuce or apples. Regulations also require manufacturers who use sulfites in their processed products to list the compounds on their product labels.  Although sulfates are no longer used on most fresh foods, they still can be found in a variety of cooked and processed foods. They also occur naturally in the process of making wine and beer."

Love Kudos $5 off Coupon Wine Tasting Class
Receive $5 off a wine tasting class when you mention Love Kudos at the Water 2 Wine Round Rock location only,   512-310-WINE(9463)
Normally $15 per person. $20 per person with commemorative glass (which I got!)

Wine still not your beverage of choice?  
How about a Margarita?

Come out on May 4 and meet some new cool people!
Location to be determined.  Facebook invite coming soon!

1 comment:

Betty Reid said...

Great article! I have been meaning to try this place.

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