If you’re like me, you enjoy trying to pick out all of the bouquet “notes” that are associated with a particular wine you’re out tasting in the wineries. It’s like a personal challenge, isn’t it? Can you detect the apricot in a Viognier or the black pepper of a spicy Syrah or the smokey mocha of a Rhone-style blend? It’s not easy, but just like anything else, it takes practice and some direction/training. But where you can receive such training so you can develop your “nose” for wine?
Glad you asked. Winemaker Chris Johnston’s Middle Ridge Winery, located in Idyllwild, is holding a special event this Saturday for those wine lovers interested in developing their bouquet senses. Their Signature Aroma Table is the main attraction – a table set up with almost two-dozen distinct aromas found in white and red wines. Based on standards developed by UC-Davis and their world-renowned viticulture program, the aroma table is a great way for beginners and advanced wine aficionados alike to sharpen their sense of smell while learning how to identify the most common – and rare – wine scents.
Johnston will personally lead the tasting, explaining how certain wines arrive at their individual aromas and how to use the aroma table’s scented wines as a guide. How can you identify molasses or black currant or what “earthy” means without a reference point? That’s where the aroma table comes into play and turns a typical wine tasting event in one that becomes educational. A well-schooled nose will only help you determine which wines you like and those you don’t. Plus, you’ll feel less intimidated the next time you hit the wineries and you may even impress the wine server standing across the bar from you, not to mention your date.
Middle Ridge Winery is known for it’s hand-crafted artisan wines produced in the small mountain community of Idyllwild. Chris, along with his wife Melody, has created a boutique winery with a simple philosophy: to have a conversation with everyone who comes in contact with the winery. This idea is expressed in the winery’s tagline: “…when the conversation is as important as the wine.”
This one-of-a-kind wine tasting event will take place from 3:00-6:00pm, Saturday, July 31st. It’s only $15 per person and will include hors d’oeuvres and entertainment via acoustic guitarist David Jerome. Reservations are required, so give Melody Johnston a call today to secure your spot.
24400 Canyon Trail
Idyllwild, CA 92549