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Postby RonicaJM » Sun Aug 27, 2006 8:54 pm

I am a NOVICE and am presently doing a lot of research in preparation for a wine tasting I'm hosting. What I've read so far states that we should go from white to red and light to bold. If the reds we will be tasting will be Cabernet, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Tempornillo what is the order from lightest to boldest?

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Re: light to bold

Postby James Roscoe » Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:01 pm

Welcome to the forum Ronica. I hope you stay a while.

The advice you have been given is pretty sound. Of the reds you mention I generally find Pinot to be the lightest and caernet to be the heaviest, but that is not always the case. Different producers make different styles so that you will frequently find a very light style cabernet or a very heavy style syrah. I would probably find the Tempernillo the second lightest of the reds and the syrah the third, but this is not always the case as I mentioned. I hope some one with more experience will step in and correct me or add additional advice. Again welcome to our community.
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Re: light to bold

Postby Ian Sutton » Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:03 pm

RonicaJM wrote:I am a NOVICE and am presently doing a lot of research in preparation for a wine tasting I'm hosting. What I've read so far states that we should go from white to red and light to bold. If the reds we will be tasting will be Cabernet, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Tempornillo what is the order from lightest to boldest?

Thank you. :)

The order (light to bold) would depend on the individual wines (some Syrahs are light, others are beefy). Alcohol % would be a very rough guide (higher alcohol typically equates to bolder wine). I wouldn't worry too much though, however I would put the Pinot Noir first.

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Re: light to bold

Postby RonicaJM » Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:18 pm

Thanks for the welcome and I will definitely be here awhile....I have the bug. We recently returned from a trip that took us from Monterey, CA to Seattle, WA. I loved Santa Rosa and other parts of Napa and Sonoma. Had so much fun wine tasting, too.

Thanks for the advice. I have 5 books coming that I ordered on Half.com. I will check in w/ you all to corroborate what I'm reading. :)
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Re: light to bold

Postby RonicaJM » Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:21 pm

Thanks, I will ask the merchant that I will purchase all of the wine from his recommendation. But it is good to know that the boldness varies w/i a varietal and that Pinots are usually the lightest and cabernets the boldest.
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