Not quite a glass, but more than a tasting…the Wine Flight; a wine lovers dream.
What is a wine flight?
A wine flight, or tasting flight, is a series of multiple wines and a great options for those wanting to explore new wines. The number of wines varies, but there are usually 3-5 different wines with pours of 1-3 ounces. It is similar to wine tasting but they are bigger pours and you get all the glasses at once. This is a great way to compare wines side by side with enough wine in the glass to get an accurate view of the wine.
Wine flights can be used to compare different vintages of the same wines, different Pinot Noirs and Bordeaux wines, or just to have a variety of wines for your cheese plate. Flights can range from all Cabernet Sauvignons made by the same company but from different vineyards or different vintages. Or flights can range from white wines to red wines to ports from all over the globe. There really isn’t any limitations.
Why choose a wine flight?
Wine industry professionals will often get wine flights because it allows them to directly compare wines. Whether it be wines from different regions, comparing vintages from the same wine regions, sparkling wines made in different styles, varietal differences etc. Wine flights are also a great way for everyday wine drinkers to enjoy a variety of wines at once and compare multiple wines from their favorite winery.
Tip: When mingling with friends, choose a wine flight instead of a glass of wine. Pair with a cheese or appetizer plate. The different wines will complement a variety of meats and cheeses.
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Where can I get wine flights?
The best places to find wine flights are at winery tasting rooms or your favorite local wine bar. Tasting rooms and wine bars may also offer you a detailed tasting sheet so you can compare the wines. Restaurants may also offer tasting flights for their diners to sample multiple wines off the menu.
Here are some tips on how to create your own wine flight.