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    It’s a fact that a lot of people love food, but they also love wine. The great thing is the two really go hand in hand, with one complimenting the other. But here’s the thing, certain wines are actually meant to go with certain foods. They help bring out and accentuate the flavors of that food. Many people have heard this before, but not many people really know the specifics of pairing wine and food together, or what even makes a great wine to begin with. This is where we come in! We’ve decided to make things really simple, creating some quick tips for wine tasting that’ll have you becoming a wine expert in no time.

    Good Tasting Conditions

    So before taste testing any wine, you must make sure the environmental conditions are ideal. Things such as various scents in the room, including cooking smells, pet odors or perfume can greatly influence your ability to get a clear sense of the wine’s aroma. Even things like noise conditions can take away from your concentration. So make sure you’re in an area void of all distracting sights, sounds and smells.

    Sight Evaluation

    Once you’ve established neutral tasting conditions, you can begin to inspect the wine in your glass. You want to evaluate the wine from numerous points of view, including straight, side and titled. Fill your glass about one third full. Begin to roll the wine around in a circular motion. What you’re looking for is s range of color. Murky wine suggests there could be chemical or fermentation problems. However wine which is too thin, could be an indication that it’s too dull. Finally, give your wine glass a swirl. See how the wine runs along the glass. The thicker the “legs,” the better the wine is. Generally, it’s a wine that has higher alcohol content.

    Sniff It Out

    So you’ve inspected the appearance of your wine, now you need to examine the smell. Swirl the glass around, and give it a series of short, quick sniffs. Step back and give yourself a moment to really take the smell in. You’ll want to be aware of the various flaws within the wine. A vinegar smell could indicate volatile acidity. This is a no no. A nail polish smell is an indicator of wine containing ethyl acetate. A wine with bottled SO2 will smell like burnt ashes. Lastly, you’ll want to avoid wines with undesirable yeasts. It will reek of a sweaty saddle, which can destroy the natural fruity aromas wines should have.

    Number One Wine Tip

    You don’t have to be a professional in order to remember this key tip. When pairing wines with foods, try to keep lighter wines with lighter foods, like fish, creamy sauced pastas and desserts.
    Generally, darker wines should be paired with heavier foods like dark meat, red sauces and pasta. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. But you can’t go wrong if you start with the basics.


    Keller’s® Wine Dinner

    At the Isle Casino® Cape Girardeau, we pride ourselves in our wine selection. Our elegant restaurant Keller’s will be putting together a spirited evening for our guests on September 16 at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will feature a selection of top quality wines from Crown Valley Winery™, accompanied by a five-course meal. Cost: $40 per person. Here is what the five-course meal will include.

    1. Tempura Salmon - Crown Valley Viognier

    2. Watermelon Goatl Cheese Bruschetta- Crown Valley Vignoles

    3. Chimichurri Marinade Filet- Crown Valley Chambourcin

    4. Open Face Shrimp Tamale - Crown Valley Norton

    5. Strawberry & Grilled Peach Crepe- Crown Valley Sparkling Pink Moscato


    We’d love to see you join us on the rooftop. It’s an absolutely gorgeous view! Get your tickets now!.


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