On a warm weather day, at the historic 1880s Firelands Winery, http://www.firelandswinery.com, in Sandusky, Claudio Salvador, partner and winemaker, entertains guests and visitors with the latest tips on wine service.
'My grandparents owned 70 acres of vineyards in a small country town in the Veneto, where we gathered every harvest,' says the engaging Salvador, who grew up in a closely knit Italian family steeped in winemaking.
The ultimate connoisseur, Salvador was educated in fermentation sciences and chemistry at Italy's University of Padua in Conegliano Veneto. He trained with the centuries-old Zonin family in Tuscany, then made Virginia's Barboursville first official wine. 'Let your taste and intuition be your guide when serving and enjoying wine,' he says with a grin. 'The shared celebration of wine, food, and life is wine's most humanizing aspect.'
* Store wine in a cool, dark place around 55 degrees Farenheit free from vibration, ventilation, and direct sunlight.
* Serve white, pink, and sparkling wine slightly chilled at 45-55 degrees Farenheit, and red wines cool or room temperature at 60-65 degrees Farenheit.
* Use a corkscrew with leverage and worm to open wine. Align worm with a point and spirals to prevent cork from weakening. Pull so corkscrew grips the cork and holds.
* Plain, nine ounce, stemmed, all purpose glasses are best for tasting.
* Stand older bottles upright, then pour wine from bottle to decanter in front of candle. Decant younger wine from bottle to decanter 15 minutes before serving.
* Pour wine toward center of wine glass and examine for freshness, then fill just below widest section of glass for swirling and aerating.
* Press bottom of stemmed wine glass and rotate in circle to release wine aromas. Add wine until 1/3 full; smell aroma. Ingest air and gurgle to aerate wine for flavors. Swallow or spit wine in a spittoon, rinse glass with water.
'This simple wine protocol enhances the quality and taste of wine, heightens the overall wine experience, and raises the bar on the popular culture,' he says.
Firelands wines are available throughout the Midwest and in other selected U.S. markets.
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