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Thursday, April 10, 1997 The Kansas City Star What Makes Pairing snacks with wine and other tips for your next wine by lee Special Sections Writer It is comforting to know that when we serve our guests wine and make them happy we contribute to their good health and God smiles on us. For your next. benevolent and salubrious get -together consider a wine tasting party featuring appropriate pairings of snacks and wines. There is an old maxim that states: When you are selling wine, serve cheese, when buying, eat apples. The reason for the wine buyer's rule is that apples cleanse the palate and allow every nuance of the wine to be tasted; cheese, on the other hand, will make any wine taste good.

What does this mean for your wine party? If you are serving premium wines and comparing them with each other, serve apples or pears between servings to better appreciate the differences. If the party is simply to drink wine, then cheese and other complementary snacks are okay. The wine tasting Marshall Rimann has been involved with many wine tastings and he suggests featuring five or six different wines. "Allow for one-half bottle per person at the tasting and serve plenty of mild snacks," Rimann said. Besides apples and pears, keep plenty of crusty bread on hand and water.

You may also consider providing dump buckets for people who don't want to drink all of the wine served to them but only want to taste and spit. According to Rimann there are four S's of wine tasting: Swirl the wine to open it up, sniff the wine, sip the wine, then swallow or spit. Rimann also points you are swallowing, the wine starts tasting better later in the evening and your judgment can definitely get clouded." Discrete spitting is entirely acceptable if buckets are provided. If the point of a tasting is to try unknown wines and get more experience, then try wines that you' might consider for Thanksgiving tasting dinner or other special family events. Shop labels, shop viticultural regions, shop price.

Whatever criteria you follow, be consistent. The five or six wines you select can be vastly different styles or very similar ones. If you are selecting wines that you may later give as gifts, then try wines that the recipient of the gift may like. If you are selecting for a future occasion, get several of a similar style with an eye toward finding the best of the lot. Wine glasses should be clear, uncolored and with a large bowl to allow the wine to be swirled.

One gant eateries in the capital city of Buenos Aires, however, a hearty Malbec may be the libation of more sophisticated palates. In the Midwest where barbecue means a rich red sauce slathered on smoked meat, some wines to consider would contain elements that complement the spiciness of the sauce, such as Zinfandel or Shiraz. Rimann says that any wine that contains elements of raspberry or black pepper and is full flavored would complement the complex flavors of barbecue. "You don't want a wine that is too wimpy," he said. I have enjoyed great health at a great age because every day since I can remember I have consumed a bottle of wine, except when have not felt well.

Then I have consumed two bottles. -Bishop of Seville According to Rimann the red wine with red meat rule doesn't go far enough when the meats are smoked or barbecued. Rimann suggests Zinfandels from Storybook Mountain, Haywood or Parducci. He also likes Australian Shiraz or California Syrah, same grape-different countries. Rimann also says that the Argentine Malbec would be a good match with smoked meat, sans sauce.

Other wines to consider with smoked meat such as a brisket or pork loin are: Gewurtztraminer, a German white, flavorful and fruity and good with pork; and Reisling, another fruity German white. Pinot Noir, a lighter bodied classic red could work with smoked red meats as well as smoked salmon. Gamay Beaujolais, French classic red, young and lighter bodied, would also be a good choice. Salud. TE ME 900 5 Every item discounted every day.

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Vignoles, a local grape variety that is gaining in popularity in the Midwest, also has a rich golden color to match its full bodied flavor. Guests may consider having a designated driver, and that person would surely appreciate the availability of a dump bucket so they can participate in the tasting without drinking. Wine and barbecue In Argentina where barbecue is, called asado and workers regularly grill lunch, common red wine is popular for job site cookouts. In one of the many ele- DISCOUNT Wines Spirits Mission Robby Coco 1 NY-VEE.

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