Jane Nickles, described on eHow, is the author of “Wine Speak 101″, and a wine writer for “The Texas Wine and Food Gourmet”, and “Eat and Drink Magazine”. Jane is a certified specialist of wine, recognized by the society of wine educators. “Miss Jane,” as her students call her, is the Sommelier Instructor for the Texas Culinary Academy, and she presents her popular wine seminars at Wine Bars, Restaurants, and Culinary Festivals throughout the country.
I was so caught up in her series of Wine Tasting Tips for Beginners, I watched 14 video clips in a row. It occurred to me a fun evening with friends would be to plan a wine tasting party for friends and have Jane Nickles on your big screen TV demonstrating technique! It’s great practice and thought-provoking, plus, you’re drinking wine with your friends!
At the Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville this year we were given a color wheel of adjectives and descriptions for wine and it really makes you contemplate the aromas and taste of wine. See how clever your friends are and make it a game! One game that is a bit pricey is Aromaster’s Ultimate Wine Aroma Kit at $380 USD. Another game is online, free and quite educational, Anivin de France Aromas .
Personally, I like to hang out with family and friends sipping wine by the firepit listening to some favorite music. No games here, just enjoying good company and good wine.
Here are a couple of the video clips offered by Jane Nickles on eHow for you to sample:Thanksgiving Wine Pairings