Go Columbia: How to get the most out of a wine tasting

03/20/2014 12:00 AM

03/19/2014 7:12 PM

Thursday’s Farm to Trunk wine tasting at City Roots Farm is worth attending for two reasons. One, you might find a new favorite wine. Two, you’ll be supporting Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, which helps children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. And if you need a third reason, here it is: if you discover a wine you really like, you’ll be able to order it for less than you’d pay retail or in a restaurant.

To help you wade through the 20 or so wines that will be available for tasting, we asked Judah Cannon, Midlands/Upstate sales manager with Advintage, (who is supplying tonight’s wine) for his advice on how to get the most out of the event.

•  Be adventurous! “The point of a wine tasting is to try new wines, so go ahead and experiment,” says Cannon. “Start with lighter wines and progress to those with bolder flavors.”
•  Interact with the professionals. “Our staff is great at matching wines to preferences, so if you tell them what you normally drink, they’ll be able to steer you toward something similar, but a little different.”
•  Think seasonally. “Roses and lighter reds like Beaujolais pair really well with summer foods,” notes Cannon. “A wine tasting is a great way to try them without committing.”
•  Bring your checkbook. “We’ll be offering wines that you might not be able to find elsewhere at discounted prices,” says Cannon. “If you find something you like, it makes sense to buy it.”

The Farm to Trunk wine tasting runs from 6-9 p.m. at City Roots Farm, 1005 Airport Blvd, Columbia. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information email farm2tableevents@gmail.com

Katie McElveen, Special to The State

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