Verse Yourself in The Art of Wine Tasting
You may soon be a bon vivant. Curt Vevang gives you some pointers on how to be savvy at your next wine tasting. For good measure, it wouldn’t hurt to throw in some Italian words like “ottimo” or “squisito.” Be inspired by his poem below.
Photo by RM Yager.
How to Impress at a Wine Tasting
Wine tasting’s a game, you win or you lose,
but it really helps to know how to schmooze.
And don’t be concerned by what you don’t know,
just drop a few terms, they’ll think you’re a pro.
Terms for example, like dry and bouquet.
Some other good words are port and rose.
Try using these words, you’ve nothing to lose,
you’ll even amaze your wine drinking muse.
Foxy and fingers are more terms to know,
they’re sometimes useful, but always great show.
Body and gamey will also impress,
you’ll get nods from snobs, who know even less.
It’s often been said, of the wine called port,
for many poets, it’s their last resort.
A good term to use, a good wine to drink
and for writer’s block, it’s the missing link.
Attitude carries a whole lot of sway,
a little finesse will go a long way.
Hold your glass smartly with flamboyant flair,
make sure your pinky points straight in the air.
When polite folks taste, they sip just a tad,
they sip and they spit, it seems very sad.
I instead swallow a very big taste,
and then when I spit there’s not any waste.
After your tasting, it’s polite to buy
a bottle or two, one sweet and one dry.
If that’s too daunting, I suggest instead,
just grab off the shelf, a white and a red.
But watch what you buy, because every time,
you’ll think you’re smarter with each glass of wine.
On the contrary, I need to explain,
what judgment you had, has gone down the drain.
Before you go home, I’ve one parting tip.
You’ve sipped many wines, some more than a sip.
Bag up your purchase and settle your tab,
put your keys away and call for a cab.
by Curt Vevang (USA)
Curt Vevang is a Chicago native and a product of the Chicago Public Schools. He has an engineering degree from the University of Illinois. He has published three poetry books, “a scant bagatelle,” “ the nature of things,” and earlier this year, “poetry as we like it.” He has also published two rhyming children’s books illustrated by 6th grade students. All five of these books are available through Amazon His poetry has been published in anthologies, poetry magazines, and on various poetry websites. Vevang has won honors from the Illinois State Poetry Society, Poets and Patrons, the Journal of Modern Poetry, the Northbrook Arts Commission, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and the Poetry Society of Tennessee.
Reprinted from Winnetka-Kenilworth Living magazine, “Creatively Versed” column by Charlotte Digregorio, July 2020