Eddie Osterland became America's first Master Sommelier in 1973 and has dedicated his life to the study and enjoyment of wine. Eddie is also a self-proclaimed "Ghurka Geek", owning eleven pieces of Ghurka, including two Express No. 2 bags and the very appropriate Wine Pairing No. 285. In the blog post below, Eddie speaks about pairing wines side-by-side to accentuate the subtle differences that wines present.
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My name is Eddie Osterland and I am the first Master Sommelier in the United States. I was formally trained at the Université de Bordeaux where I attained the D.U.A.D. (diplôme d’aptitude a la dégustation des vins), which is a degree in professional wine tasting.
In the course of my studies it was revealed to us that without formal training, it is quite difficult to taste a wine and accurately remember it 30 minutes later. It’s not as easy as logging it to your mental hard drive.
For this reason, we always compared wines side by side so we could simultaneously analyze the subtle differences that the wines presented.
I wrote the book Power Entertaining where I show people that it is more fun and educational to serve people wines in pairs. I choose wines that allow people to learn something new that they can repeat for their friends they choose to entertain.
For example, you could serve the same wine from 2 different vintages and demonstrate how climate can affect the overall balance of a wine. Or, you could serve a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa vs. a Bordeaux and illustrate how a warm climate (New World) Cabernet differs from a cold climate (Old World) Bordeaux. Pinot Noir from Oregon vs. California?...the combinations are endless.
Whenever I take wines to someone’s home for a tasting I always bring a pair of wines that I have carefully thought out will teach something. I highly recommend you do the same as you will stand out from those who only bring a bottle…This is what I call Power Entertaining!
I love the elegant Pairing No. 285 wine tote. It is so well made I know my wines will be safe in transit as well as make a statement upon arrival.
Ripe from our newly launched Connoisseur Collection, the Pairing Wine Carrier offers sleek and secure transport for your prized vintage favorites. Handcrafted in the finest French calfskin leather and detailed to ensure protective carrying, our Pairing Wine Carrier allows you to sip, swirl and taste at leisure. For an evening out or an afternoon in the park, this classic accessory is the perfect pairing.
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