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Wine Noob

When my friend invited me to a chocolate & wine party that she was going to host, I for sure wanted to go!  I always learn something new about wine whenever I see her :-)

At the beginning of the party, we got skewers to pick strawberries, bananas, brownies, or blondies (cookies) to dip in the chocolate fondue:


We each had a wine marker... Mine looked like a blue Casper!


Here's some of the wine we sampled from-

We tried cabernet sauvignon, which is a red, bold wine (it was too bold for me).  The first brand we drank was Rex Goliath:


My friend told us about a simple technique when drinking a wine, you suck in a little air to oxygenate the drink thats in your mouth so you can taste the flavor of the wine more instead of tasting the alcohol!

 The next cabernet we tried was Cruz Alta Reserve.  I drank this wine first without oxygenating it, and it tasted like a Sharpie permanent marker o_o.  Second time I sipped the drink, I did that technique and was able to taste its flavor way more:


The last two sparkling wines (aka the 'crowd pleasers') were the ones I enjoyed the most.  These sparklers pair nicely with chocolates because they cleanse the palate.

Marchesini Spumante was quite fizzy and a little sweet:


Casa Sant'Orsola Asti was my favorite, this sparkling wine had a unique sweetness because it tasted like flowers.  In my opinion, this is the wine to drink for special occasions:


Our wine expert teaching us how to uncork a bottle:

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