Looking for the best wineries in CT? Out for a Sunday drive looking at the beautiful fall foliage, then all of the sudden the wine tasting bug gets you?
The Constitution State has much to offer to it's residents as far as entertainment and vineyard hopping is concerned. Connecticut wineries produce some of the best wines in the Northeast, and some local wine tasting connoisseurs actually believe a few select vineyards in CT are in direct competition with some world famous California vineyards in Napa Valley. How's that for putting up some stiff competition in the wine tasting arena? https://goo.gl/2BbJVY
"People have been tasting wine for thousands of years. People have been making money as wine tasters for more than 100 years. What do they know that you don’t? When it comes to tasting wine and understanding how to evaluate a wine for its qualities and note its faults, after reading this page, not much. Of course they will have a greater understanding on the history of the wine, the grape, the appellation the wine came from, as well as the chemistry behind things, but knowing those types of interesting information are not going to make you a better taster."
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Long Standing Wine Tasting Rituals
Have you have ever pondered why people at wine tasting events in Connecticut go perform a cult like of tilting their glass, swirling the wine around in the glass, grabbing the beautiful sweet scent of the wine with a slight sniff for aroma and bouquet, and then using the nectar of the gods as a mouthwash before finally spitting it back into the glass? If you have, then this entire scenario and ritual is not really such a mystery, and actually portrays the 5 wine tasting tasks that are the determining factors of quality and ratings for red and white wines served at CT vineyards.
With enough practice and swishing of the grapes anyone can become a wine tasting expert. Depending on your initial level of experience and knowledge, you can become a well known and admired wine expert in less than 12 months.
Some believe that “tasting” involves three senses. If we are drinking wine just for the sake of enjoyment, then yes, the third sense of seeing is very much involved. But a true tasting should be done blind. It is important to taste this way since we subconsciously make decisions about wine by the way it looks!
In reality, a wine’s color is due to several factors, including skin contact time and the type of grape varietal the wine is made of. Past experiences may have taught us that whites are more pale yellow when young and turn darker amber as they age. We associate brickish brown red wines as old and deeper purple wines as young. By seeing the color we may make an unconscious predisposition towards that wine.
A wine's overall quality assessment, based on this examination, follows further careful description and comparison with recognized standards, both with respect to other wines in its price range and according to known factors pertaining to the region or vintage; if it is typical of the region or diverges in style; if it uses certain wine-making techniques, such as barrel fermentation or malolactic fermentation, or any other remarkable or unusual characteristics
You’ll find that your wine knowledge is like a tornado; you learn wine tasting and vineyard jargon more quickly and easily as you move forward in the process. As with anything else in life, hard workers that are self-motivated will graduate to the ranks of professional wine connoisseur much sooner than others who are less driven. https://goo.gl/zHPrQP
If you have a hankering for a smooth Merlot or a dry Chardonnay, or maybe you just want something that's earthy, fleshy, herbaceous, nutty or oaky. The best wineries in CT have much to offer with a variety of wines and wine tasting events to fully satisfy even the most savvy vineyard dweller.