Friday, October 5, 2012

Appreciating the Fruit of the Vine: Wine Tasting with Dean Smith

By Urvashi Marda
First-year MBA Student, Business Marketing Academy

"...good company, good wine, good welcome, can make good people." 
-William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

The Dean’s Wine Tasting was hosted by the Kelley Wine Club at the Tudor room, IMU on the 2nd of Oct 2012. Attended by the Kelley MBA students, this event was a great opportunity to not only learn about wine but to also appreciate and enjoy it. Having worked on 2 cases on wineries in the first week of Core, I was really looking forward to this evening and must I say it was amazing!

The tables were adorned with the tastings for the night, 3 different red (Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Claret) and 2 different white (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc) wines. Along with it, was a fine spread of rolls, cheese, and strawberries for us! The event kicked off with a presentation by Dean Smith on basic concepts of wine making and its naming conventions. Keeping the discussion highly interactive, he offered great pointers on interacting with the sommelier (wine steward) and on subtly signaling the price during the wine selection process. Discussing the various aromas and flavors of wine, we moved on to the highlight of the event – The Tasting!

We followed Dean Smith, as he swirled and sniffed the wine. We learned that it was essential and was by no means considered embarrassing to circulate wine in one's mouth in order to savor it. We really benefited from the practical application tips on efficiently hosting business parties and on matching the right food with the right wine.

Before I put my pen down, let me share a fun fact with you. It is about the importance of the wine serving temperature. Did you know that the Reds need to be stored at room temperature and are to be refrigerated right before you serve them whereas the Whites live in the refrigerator and are to be kept at room temperature only an hour before being served? Needless to say, the first thing I did after reaching home from the wine tasting was pull the bottle of red wine out of my refrigerator!

A big thanks to Dean Smith and of course, the Kelley Wine Club for hosting such an incredible event!

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