Wine Club Newsletter - May 2018
What are Tannins?
Tannins are a group of compounds found naturally in grape skins. They can also be found in black tea and traces in some berries. They contribute importantly to the structure and ageing potential of red wines.
‘They may be flavorless and odorless, but tannins are one of the key constituents in red wine,’ said Matt Walls, regional chair for the Rhône at the DWWA. ‘In grapes, these compounds are found primarily in the skins, seeds and stems, so they tend to be more prevalent in reds.’
Structure and texture
‘Tannins are responsible for providing red wine with most of its texture and physical impact in the mouth – more specifically, they produce feelings of astringency and bitterness, which can be pleasing in small amounts,’ said Walls.
‘Over time, tannins can change in the way they feel, often becoming softer and less astringent – this is one of the key reasons wines we age certain types of wines before drinking them.’ When tasting wine, you will often feel the presence of tannins on the gums of your teeth.
Tasting Young Wines or from the Barrel
Decanter’s Bordeaux correspondent Jane Anson notes that when tasting young wines or wines from the barrel, you are looking for ‘the amount of tannin in the wine, for structure’, alongside other elements such as acidity and fruit – which will indicate the quality and ageing potential of a wine.
When tasting young wines such as this, the tannins will feel quite harsh and prominent, as they have not had time to age and soften over time.
While Judging Wines in Competition
As you may know, I work as a judge for a few wine competitions. During these events, we are presented with about 80-100 wines per day, many of which are young red wines loaded with youthful and tannic acidity.
It can be quite taxing on your palate, making it challenging to be an effective judge. One of our best ways to combat this type of palate fatigue is to chew on a slice of cold, rare beef.
We have a special Mother’s Day Wine Dinner!
Mamma Mia! Wine Dinner
Saturday, May 12, 2018
$79 Per Person / $69 Club Members
NV Quacquarini, Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, Spumante Secco, Marche DOCG
Crab Croquette, Fennel & Cucumber Salad
Preserve Lemon Vinagrette
2016 Ciu Ciu, Merlettaie Offida, Pecorino, Marche DOCG
2016 Rosalba Pecorari, Rosato, Venezia Giulia IGP
Ricotta and Lemon Zest Tortellini V
Bourbon Vanilla Glaze and Sage
2015 Marotti Campi “Orgiolo”, Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, Marche
Prime New York Steak
Blueberry Demi-Glaze, Corn Bread and Grilled Spring Vegetables
2012 Sassotondo, Riserva, San Lorenzo, Ciliegielo, Toscana
2012 Ciu Ciu “Oppidum”, Rosso, Marche IGT
Brasserie Creamy Cheesecake
Orange Jam and Kumquats
NV La Montecchia, Fior d’Arancio Sparkling Muscat, Colli Eugenei, Veneto DOC
V = Vegetarian
For reservations, please call 858.450.9557 or reserve online with OpenTable.
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Save the Date:
Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 6pm
Sleight of Hand Wine Maker Dinner
Menu to follow