The Federal's Women Who Wine Summer Series With Alejandro Ortiz
|All photos by Laine Doss|
|Alejandro Ortiz takes on a group of women who wine.|
As the female attendees sipped on complimentary Aperol Spritz, a bitter and refreshing cocktail made from the Italian aperitif topped with Prosecco, the Federal's Alejandro Ortiz asked the question that set the tone for the afternoon. "What's the most important thing to think about when drinking wine?"
One of the attendees half-raised her hand. "Taste?"
"Yes!" Ortiz beamed. "Do you like it? That's it! That's all that matters!" Ortiz explained that all those wine snobs who talk about smelling "rain forest with a hint of baby powder" are just putting into words what we're all experiencing -- and that there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to wine. It's just a matter of personal experience -- and taste.
The ice broken, Ortiz then explained he wouldn't get into terroir and long histories of the wines -- unless we were interested. We weren't. So he walked us through five incredibly sippable wines, perfect for a sultry summer in Miami.
The Federal's Aniece Meinhold calls these wines "patio pounders," her term for wines that are light and bright. These wines are high in acidity and go down smoothly -- sometimes too smoothly, as Ortiz noted.
The Women Who Wine series will take place every other Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with the next one scheduled for July 7. Five wines, five snacks, and lots of fun will cost you $35 per
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