Contributed by Ben Rhodes
Wine tasting is a culinary art that not everyone can master. It requires practice, dedication, and hypersensitivity too. You can’t be a wine taster if you don’t know how to appreciate the context of the wine, or how to recognize that a good wine for a romantic dinner would be a terrible drink for an evening among friends, for example. When it comes to wine tasting, nothing can beat a visit to a region renowned for its culinary pleasures, such as Bologna, Italy. Here’s how to plan your wine tasting trip to Bologna.
A Little History Of Bologna
First of all, you should know a bit about the place as this will help you to appreciate the depth of the wines in Bologna. The town has been a main urban center for thousands of years, with its first settlements dating back to 1000 B.C. Bologna has remained an attractive center throughout antiquity, from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and beyond. Consequently, its culinary culture is very rich, which is why it has given its name to the famous meat-based pasta sauce known as ragù. Bologna has been a famous European travel town for nearly a millennium, and as a result, its airport focuses entirely on European flights. This means that if you are traveling there from afar, you’ll need to book a flight connection. You’ll also need to research options for bologna airport taxi solutions, as finding a driver will make your wine tasting trip a lot easier!
Why Taste Your Wine In Bologna
So you may wonder why you should go to Bologna to taste wines that you can probably find in your local shops. This is because wine tasting is enhanced by setting the right atmosphere in order to fully appreciate the complex flavors of the wine. Also, where best to enjoy Bolognese wines than in Bologna, surrounded by stunning nature and breath-taking landscapes, bathing in the natural light of a sunny Mediterranean day in Northern Italy? While you might have the glass and the bottle at home, and sometimes even more, thanks to an ever-expanding array of wine-infused items one can purchase, you’ll never be able to replicate any of the other conditions to enjoy the real taste of a wine of Bologna. It’s one of those experiences where you simply have to get there to know what it’s really like.
How To Book A Day Tour
Thankfully, Bologna being a region of renowned vineyards and wineries, you will be able to find plenty of high-quality wine tasting tours in the local vineyards and taverns. Do make a sensory evaluation of each wine before drinking, as you will soon notice that their colors and smells will vary from the same wine you would have tried at home. This is due to having the right context to let the wine shine at its best! Make the most of being in Bologna and pair your wine tasting tour with a visit to one of the delicious local restaurants, so that you can enjoy the true taste of red wine with a plate of comforting spaghetti alla bolognese!
On a side note, restaurants in Bologna don’t refer to their most famous dish as a “bolognese” dish; they simply call it ragù. So be aware of that as you read Italian menus!
This article first appeared on FlavorfulWorld.com.