How to select your wine for a successful tasting?

sommelier tasting wine: how to select your wine like a pro

Ah, wine tasting, that noble quest of the epicurean in search of the perfect bottle. Whether it's great wines from Burgundy or small winemakers from Languedoc, the world of wine is a labyrinth of aromas, terroirs and vintages. But how to navigate this maze of bottles? Don't worry, dear wine lovers, this guide is here to help you select the perfect wine for your tasting.

What taster profile do you have?

Before diving headfirst into the vineyard, it's essential to understand your wine preferences. Are you a fruity fanatic or a full-bodied connoisseur? A lover of robust reds or a fan of elegant whites? Every taster has a particular wine profile , and recognizing this is the first step toward selecting the perfect wine. Don't neglect the influence of your eating habits on your wine tastes either. For example, if you have a preference for spicy food, you might be more inclined to enjoy wines with some acidity. Conversely, if you are a chocolate lover, you might be tempted by wines with aromas of red fruits and soft tannins. Enough to give you clues on the path towards which to take!

The wealth of France: regions and grape varieties

Each wine region has its own personality, and each grape variety has its own character. From the robust red wines of the Rhône Valley to the delicate white wines of Burgundy, including the fruity aromas of Pinot Noir or the finesse of Chardonnay, the geography of wine is a journey in itself. So, embark with our dedicated box for a tour of France’s vineyards!

Thanks to this format, you will be able to taste no less than 4 great French wines in a single box. This includes a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2019 from Château Valade, a Bordeaux red that will introduce you to the greatness of this wine region. You will also be able to taste the finesse of the Chenin Sec des Hauts d'Artigny 2021 from Plou & Fils, a dry white from the Loire. And for a little freshness, it contains a rosé from Provence, a real summer getaway in a bottle! Finally, the red from the Rhône with a Châteauneuf du Pape 2020 will close your trip with its powerful and robust notes.

When would you like to enjoy this tasting?

The opportunity makes the thief, and the wine makes the evening. An aperitif with friends requires a different wine than a romantic candlelit dinner. Likewise, the choice of wine can vary depending on the season: a refreshing white wine for summer, a full-bodied red to warm you up in winter. So, before choosing your bottle, think about the atmosphere you want to create!

For example, if you're planning an evening of cheese tasting, a dry white wine or a fruity red might be the ideal choice. For a special celebration, a grand cru or champagne can add a touch of elegance and festivity. Even a quiet evening at home can be enhanced by the right wine, whether it's a round, warm red wine or an invigorating, aromatic white wine.

Understanding the importance of vintage

The vintage is not just a number on the label. It is a window into a particular year in the vineyard, a story of sun and rain, of early or late harvests. And of course, some vintages are more even than others. So, before choosing your wine, do not hesitate to consult sommeliers and wine merchants to find out which years are good.

At Flakon, we carefully select the wines in our boxes according to vintages and vintages in order to offer the best taste experience and help you discover the best of each grape variety. We only select top quality wines to meet our internal charter and thus offer only the best to our customers!

Consider food and wine pairings

Wine tasting is not a solitary activity. It is often accompanied by delicious foods, which can enhance or spoil your experience. A good food-wine pairing is like a beautiful meeting: the flavors complement each other, reinforce each other, enrich each other. So, before choosing your wine, think about the meal that will accompany it.

For example, for a friendly raclette evening , a dry and fresh white wine such as Sauvignon could be an ideal companion. If you're making beef bourguignon , opt for a full-bodied red wine from Burgundy, such as a Pinot Noir, which will stand up to this rich and flavorful dish. And for a veal blanquette , why not choose a white wine from the Rhône Valley, such as a Viognier, which will bring a touch of acidity to counterbalance the cream of this traditional dish?

Operating temperature

Temperature can make or break a wine. A red that is too hot can become heavy and alcoholic, while a white that is too cold loses its delicate aromas. Every wine has its ideal serving temperature, usually listed on the bottle or easily accessible online. So, before serving your wine, make sure it is at the right temperature. You will be amazed at the difference it can make!

How to master the art of wine tasting?

Wine tasting is an art that requires some practice. But don't worry, you don't have to be a professional sommelier to appreciate it. Start by looking at the wine in your glass: what is its color, clarity, viscosity? Then, smell it: what aromas can you identify? Finally, taste it: is it sweet, sour, tannic? What aromas can you detect in the mouth? With a little practice, you'll be a seasoned taster in no time.

To discover this unique art in more depth, we offer a tasting box which will allow you to learn more about the subject and educate your palate, thanks to our partner La Petite Cave. A real home guide!

Choosing the perfect wine for a tasting can seem like a daunting task, but with these tips, you'll be ready to take on the vineyard with confidence. Whether you are a lover of great wines or a novice in search of discovery, there is a wine for you. So, grab your glass, take a deep breath, and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of wine tasting. Health !