Nosh patrons learn the five steps of successful food-wine pairing

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Nosh_Wine_TastingStudents are back in school, so it seems the
perfect time for adults to embrace a little wine
education at Nosh.
Chef Stacey Carson recently debuted Wine 101
at her local gastropub and wine bar. Participants
start by choosing their favorite glass from a selection
on the wall and purchasing a wine flight, a tasting of
three selections for $5.
The tasting is accompanied by an educational
component detailing where each selection comes
from, what to notice in the “nose” (the aroma
or bouquet), and general characteristics of each
selection.
Nosh_Wine_TastingGuests are welcome to ask questions or get
suggestions for recommended food pairings.
Wine tastings often reference a process that
includes what Carson lists as the five “s” steps — see,
swirl, sniff, sip and savor.
The alphabetically conjoined steps refer to observing the color and what it reveals
in terms of characteristics such as the
grape variety. Swirling the wine in
the glass exposes it to more oxygen,
releasing the aroma.
Sniff or smell to determine
the perceived taste and flavor
characteristics, and conclude with
sipping and savoring the taste by
holding it in the mouth for a few
seconds before allowing it to flow
across the taste buds.
Focusing on each step
distinguishes wine tasting from simply
drinking, and either is enjoyable in the
cozy and inviting atmosphere at Nosh.
Wine 101 offers tastings of
specifically selected varieties from 6
to 8 p.m. on Mondays in a casual and
relaxed atmosphere. Reservations
aren’t required but are recommended.
Guests can select seasonally
changing menu items to accompany
their wine flights, if desired, and enjoy
happy-hour menu prices all night on
Mondays, with live music, too.
Stay tuned for a Nosh
announcement of the debut of Craft
Beer 101 in a future Diversions section
of Wrangler News.
Nosh is located at the northwest
corner of McClintock and Ray in the
Albertson’s plaza. Information:
www.nosharizona.com

Photos by Billy Hardiman

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