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Top tips for wine tasting

We love great wine. It's hard to beat opening a beautifully chilled bottle to enjoy with friends, but making the most of your palate can do wonders in elevating flavours and textures. Here are our top wine tasting tips:
1. Look
Firstly check the colour of your chosen wines and look for opacity, clarity and viscosity (wine legs). Most bottles will provide the answers you are looking for in appearance so don’t worry about spending too much time on this (i.e. vintage, grape varieties). Clarity in wine is its ability to absorb light – every wine should have a sharp clarity.

2. Smell
It’s easy to get caught up in trying to guess the exact and intended aromas with wine. It’s better and far less frustrating to theme smells, such as forest fruits or berries. Smells can be loosely divided into three aromas:

• Primary – grape derivative and fruit driven with herbal and floral notes
• Secondary – these come from the winemaking process, including nut husk, yeast, and cheese rind
• Tertiary – age dictates the final aroma as a result of bottle or possibly oak storage and are mostly savoury including spice, vanilla, leaves

3. Taste
The main sensation we have is taste. This is twofold – our tongues to observe and once swallowed we experience wine retro-nasally which may alter the aromas. Again, taste can be divided into three key main areas:

• Taste – our tongues can detect salty, sour, sweet or bitter notes. All wines include sour tastes due to the acidic nature of grapes, but this varies with climate and type. Sweetness cannot be smelt, only tasted with our tongues.
• Texture – the higher alcohol and riper wine content tends to mean bigger textures. We all know that red wine leaves a dryer sensation, this is due to tannins. Again our tongues are key in determining texture.
• Length – taste is time-based with a journey of flavours resulting in different stages. There is a beginning, mid-palate and finish.

4. Conclude
Trust you senses and conclude the overall balance of the wine. Were the flavours correct? Too acidic? Too tannic? Were there any unique characteristics or memorable notes?

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Steak Night Event - every Friday night!

05/01/2018
to 30/11/2018
Join us as at The Crown for beautiful steaks, sides..
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Valentine's Party Night

17/02/2018
On Sat 17th Feb we have our Valentines Party Night,..
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Tuxedo Jazz Band Night Feb 2018

22/02/2018
Join us and Jazz Tuxedo for jazz all night!
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Barry Kingston Jazz Jam Mar 18

08/03/2018
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Mothers Day Event at the Crown

11/03/2018
Treat your mum this Mother's Day with our very special..
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Wine Dinner 15th March 2018

15/03/2018
Join us for our 5 course wine tasting dinner followed..
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Joy Spring Jazz Band Night March 2018

29/03/2018
Join us and Joy Spring for jazz all night on..
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Easter Sunday Lunch

01/04/2018
Treat your family to a delicious lunch out on Easter..
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Barry Kingston Jazz Jam Apr 18

12/04/2018
Join us on 12 April 2018 for our next Jazz..
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Martin Dobson Wedding Couture Exhibition

25/04/2018
Join us for an exhibition of haute couture wedding dresses..
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Kristin Caswell Robinson Jazz Band Night Apr 2018

26/04/2018
Join us and Kristin Caswell-Robinson for jazz all night!
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Barry Kingston Jazz Jam May 18

10/05/2018
Join us on 10 May 2018 for our next Jazz..
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Joy Spring Jazz Band Night May 2018

31/05/2018
Join us and Joy Spring for jazz all night on..
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Barry Kingston Jazz Jam June 18

14/06/2018
Join us on 14 June 2018 for our next Jazz..
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Morphology Jazz Band Night June 2018

28/06/2018
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Barry Kingston Jazz Jam July 18

12/07/2018
Join us on 12 July 2018 for our next Jazz..
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Joy Spring Jazz Band Night July 2018

26/07/2018
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Barry Kingston Jazz Jam August 18

09/08/2018
Join us on 9 August 2018 for our next Jazz..
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AdHoc Jazz Band Night August 2018

30/08/2018
Join us and the AdHoc Jazz Combo for jazz all..
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Barry Kingston Jazz Jam Sept 18

13/09/2018
Join us on 13 September 2018 for our next Jazz..
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Jazz Band Night with Phoenix Jazz Sept 2018

27/09/2018
Join us and Phoenix Jazz for all night jazz!
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Barry Kingston Jazz Jam October 18

11/10/2018
Join us on 11 October 2018 for our next Jazz..
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Joy Spring Jazz Band Night October 2018

25/10/2018
Join us and Joy Spring for jazz all night! The..
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Barry Kingston Jazz Jam November 2018

08/11/2018
Join us on 8 November 2018 for our next Jazz..
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Joy Spring Jazz Band Night November 2018

29/11/2018
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Join us Weds 14th Feb or Sat 17 Feb for a romantic Valentines evening. This package includes a specially prepared Valentines menu for two, overnight accommodation and full breakfast the following morning.

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