Wine Flights

What is a wine flight?

Wine didn’t grown wings and fly away…and no it’s not a new airline that offers wine tasting aboard.

Wine flights, or what are commonly referred to as a TASTING FLIGHT, are 3 or more generous tastes of wine in succession for the purpose of trying a variety in a certain year,  region, or varietal.   Flights are gaining popularity in many bars and restaurants.

Wine flights are a little different than a wine tasting in the sense that you get to choose the wines you want, and the amount of wine in your glass is a bit more generous than a usual tasting (approx. 3 ounces) and at a pretty good price too.    In addition, it gives you the ability to enjoy many different wines without drinking too many glasses and plastering yourself to the wall.

Recently at the Suisun Valley Wine Coop my husband and I were in a tasting room and were communicating our love for Zinfandel.   Kat, the wine steward was gracious enough to pull out 4 bottles of Zinfandel from the same vintner which was Sunset Cellars and we got the privilege of tasting a flight from four different harvest years.  It was amazing the difference in taste and subtle nuances of each wine.

Tasting Flights are a great way to compare different interpretations of the same varietal or different wine region.

It would be interesting to create a pairing flight to go with your 4 course meal starting with an aperitif before or during the appetizer, and then move to something to go with your soup and salad course, and so on finishing up with a sweet dessert wine at the end of the meal.

There are endless possibilities whether you have your flight already set up for you, or you create your very own.  Go and have fun with it!

Cin, Cin!  Salute!

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Winterhawk Winery – Suisun Valley, CA

Wine is such a blessing to me, but being so close to Napa Valley is an amazing luxury!   My husband and I live quite literally 3 miles away from a quaint little area which is the Suisun Valley Wine Country here in Solano County.    In about a three to five mile radius you can find a handful of wineries, some art Galleries, and  great eateries.

One day not long ago my husband and I decided to venture out and visit one the of the wineries near where we live called WINTERHAWK WINERY.  What a great place.  We drove up and walked up to an area that looked like an open warehouse or hanger and payed a $5.00 entrance fee.   We were invited to the wine tasting bar where we received about 8 generous tastings and the one we liked the best, we got an entire glass of.   That’s not all!   Included in the $5.00 price we got to eat the brick oven pizza being made, and sit down to enjoy a great Blues Band that was performing.  NO KIDDING.

As I sat there thoroughly enjoying the wine, band, and pizza my husband walked up to talk to the musicians on their break.  I sat there and smiled feeling utter contentment and happiness.  The band began to play again and my husband and I danced and laughed and had the best time together.  Then the singer/blues guitar player ROBERT HOLLYWOOD JENKINS took the mic after the song and said, “I would like to invite Debra Lee and Brad, some musical guests up to the stage,”  OH so THAT is what my husband was up to.  Okay by me!

We performed a couple of songs and danced more and as we were dancing HOLLYWOOD walked up to me and stuck the mic in my face and we traded off singing the blues.   The band was great and I have to say that I was really surprised at how generous and kind the staff was.  We made many new friends that day who frequent Winterhawk.  We will be visiting again soon as they have live music most weekends.

For five dollars I got to have a wonderful date,  wine, and sing my heart out…what a lovely day it was.  You never know what treasures you will find in your own back yard.

Cin,Cin, Salute!!!

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