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Wine flights can offer a better way to taste wines in winery tasting rooms. The first wine flight that we encountered was at the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua, New York. We chose our wine flights and after making our selections, the wine attendant provided us with a paper placemat that included information about the flight and about each wine. She placed a wine glass with each wine selection on the placemat and poured all the wines immediately. We were able to compare the wines by color, aroma and taste. We were able to sip between the wines to discover the wine we liked best in each flight.

A short time later, we visited a winery and he asked if we would like a wine flight. This particular tasting room had a different take on wine flights. We chose a flight and then the server proceeded to pour the different wines in the flight, one at a time, using the same stemware. I suppose this may have been a flight but it lacked the ability to provide a comparison of the wine colors, aromas and tastes.

When we visited Callaway Vineyard & Winery in California, we discovered that they have a special wine flight, a Wine & Truffle Tasting. They provide plastic covered placemats that are divided into four sections.  The placemat lists wines at the top with a description followed by photos and descriptions of the truffles. The first section is a 2008 Special Selection Sauvignon Blanc paired with a Citrus Lavender Honey Truffle. The 2005 Special Selection Chardonnay pairs with a Ginger Praline Truffle. Next, pair the 2005 Special Selection Merlot with a Salted Caramel Truffle. The experience ends with a 2005 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon paired with Origin Peru Truffle.

I really enjoy wine flights. It can increase the enjoyment of tasting wines and discussing them with others. What other wine flights do you know about?

 Cheers, Kathy

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