Whether you are a planner or take life as it comes day by day, it’s time to get out your calendar and make a few commitments or you’ll miss out on a wine-lover’s best chance to gain some valuable tasting experience.
For the most part, wine tasters are made, not born. Knowing about wine is much more a product of passion and practice than of predilection – you can train your palate, and you can learn the vocabulary in a good wine class. And once you have the basics, it is all about practice.
And where does one practice? Why, VeritageMiami of course! The best way to hone your tasting skills is to sip and ask questions, which is exactly what you can do with beer and wine at the two terrific tastings coming up in April.
You are just one click away from the VeritageMiami home page and it’s easy to navigate from there to information about the Craft Beer Tasting at Wynwood Walls on Wednesday, April 15 (and, seriously, who doesn’t need a drink on that day?), and the Fine Wine Tasting at Village of Merrick Park on Thursday, April 16. Both events are reasonably priced – just $50 and $75 respectively – and both events give you many opportunities to hone those taste buds.
Taste buds get honed with small pours and helpful people. We have people pouring at these events who know what they are talking about (and shockingly, this is not true at many beverage “festivals” where consumption seems more the point than true tasting). Having knowledgeable people on the pouring end of things is important when you have more than 100 beers on offer at Wynwood and nearly 400 different wines (some deliciously obscure) at Merrick Park. You are going to have questions, and this is where to ask things like, “what do hops add to beer,” and “I taste clove in this brew – am I crazy?” (no, you are not – it happens). My favorite question: “What do you taste in this – help me with the descriptors?”
Beer and wine people are generous people, not just in pouring their beverages for a good cause, but in sharing knowledge they have in many cases acquired over many years in the business. There is no such thing as an instant expert, but if you want a fast track to insight and knowledge, this is a great place to be.
I look forward to seeing you at VeritageMiami – book now because there is a cap on how many people we can accommodate and we don’t want you to miss out!