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!