Wine Buzz: Size of glass can make the difference

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3D

When it comes to wine glasses, yes, size does matter. A glass that's too small can stunt the wine's aromatics – and you're bound to spill if there's too much swirling going on with a small glass.

On the flip side, if you're drinking from one of those mammoth-size pieces of stemware, it's harder for smells to get focused in your nose. And since the bulk of how we perceive tastes and flavors depends on our sense of smell, this is especially important when it comes to wine.

So, where to start with picking the right stemware? Here's one way to get some ideas going. Go to the second annual Riedel Wine Glass seminar on Feb. 28 at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa, 1220 Arden Hills Lane, Sacramento.

The event features a presentation and tasting led by Sylvie Laly of Riedel, the wine glass choice for many restaurants and oenophiles alike. You'll sample wines from Sean Minor and compare how various glass shapes and sizes can affect taste. Munchies will be provided by Tuli Bistro, The Firehouse, Scott's Seafood, Sugar & Spice Specialty Desserts and more.

The event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and costs $75 – and after 11:45 p.m. tonight, the price jumps to $100 a head. Keep in mind the price includes a set of four Riedel glasses, and additional sets can be purchased at the event for $60.

Here's one more thing. Yours truly will emcee part of the event, and we'll be giving pairs of tickets away soon. Keep your eyes peeled to The Bee's Food & Wine section and for information in the very near future.

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Wine tasting at Feist

Looking for a wine tasting adventure this Presidents Day weekend? Head to Feist Wines in Amador City (14173 Old Highway 49, Amador City) on Saturday for music and sumptuous snacks. They'll be pairing pizzettas and Riverdog Farm potato leek soup with a lineup of wines for a $12 admission (free to wine club members.)

The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Information: (209) 267-8020,

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