Winexpert Inc.

Winexpert Inc.

December 20, 2006 09:00 ET

Winexpert Inc.: Hosting the Perfect Holiday Wine Tasting Party

Canadian's Rediscover Winemaking

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 20, 2006) - As Canada's wine lovers rediscover how easy it is to make affordable, premium wines they are increasingly hosting wine tasting parties to share their favourite "personalized" wines with friends and family over the holidays.

"Winexpert, the world's leading manufacturer of premium winemaking kits, provides kits that make winemaking easier, convenient and fun, offering more than 50 different award winning varieties and styles of wine to choose from," says Tim Vandergrift, Technical Services Manager of Winexpert Inc.

Tim plays a significant role in new product development and quality control for Winexpert. He frequently teaches wine appreciation and winemaking classes at events throughout North America. Here are Tim's tips for hosting the perfect wine tasting party this holiday:

- Guests - Invite between 7 and 15 people, enough to make it fun for all, you included. Don't forget special requests such as food allergies.

- Wines - Select no more than five different wines, three reds and two whites. Focus on a wine theme, such as international varieties, wines of a specific country, new products or your favourite varietal, i.e. Pinot Noir.

- Foods - Pair your wines with simple finger foods; full flavoured food needs a full-bodied wine; a lighter dish requires a lighter wine. Rich dishes go well with a dry wine with good acidity. Salty dishes work best with slightly sweet wines. Hot, spicy dishes match fruity wines with lower alcohol and a touch of sweetness. Cream sauces call for fruity wines with a matching creamy style (like Pinot Blanc or Chardonnay) or contrasting acidity (like Sauvignon Blanc or a Dry Riesling) to cleanse the palate. Dessert wines should be sweeter than the dessert.

- Serving - Don't worry about having the right wine glass for each wine, keep it simple. Any wine glass with a relatively large "bowl" will allow your guests to take in the aroma. Pour only two to three oz. in each glass. For whites serve from driest to sweetest and lightest to most full-bodied for reds. Whites should be chilled 1-2 hours, reds served at just below room temperature (15 minutes in the fridge). Serve bread or unsalted crackers between wines to cleanse the palate. Have plenty of water and dump buckets handy (dumping wine allows guests to better appreciate many wines).

- Tasting tips - Provide descriptions of each wine, suggesting attributes to look for such as look, smell, and taste.

According to Vandergrift, winemaking across North America has grown continually in the last five years. This growth reflects the worldwide growth of wine drinkers, now estimated at more than 170 million. That number is expected to grow to more than 184 million by 2010. In Canada, the "take it home and make it" and the on-premise winemaking sectors now accounting for 20% of total wine sold.

Some the newest Winexpert products include Selection International New Zealand Pinot Noir, Selection Estate Series Washington Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc/Merlot and Selection Speciale Cabernet Franc Red Icewine Style. See www.winexpert.com for details.

Winexpert is North America's largest manufacturer and distributor of premium winemaking kits and is dedicated to being the quality, selection and service leader in the consumer made wine kit industry.

Based in Port Coquitlam, BC, Winexpert was founded in 1985 and was the first company to offer wine kits in the now well-known bag-in-box format. Winexpert offers premium wine kits through its main brands, Selection, Vintners Reserve and Island Mist. For more information contact Winexpert at 1-800-339-2266 or www.winexpert.com.

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