|New Wine Drinkers||New Golfers|
|Selecting a varietal
Presumably one of the hardest things for new wine drinkers is figuring out what wine to start with. For reds, it’s best to choose a light red, like a Pinot Noir. For whites, you can’t go wrong with an easy to drink Moscato or a Pinot Grigio. And in terms of cost, choosing a bottle between seven and twelve dollars is a good price point for a new wine drinker.
|Locating a Golf Instructor
The LPGA has a directory on their website to help people find local golf pros. See: http://findateacher.lpgaonline.com/.
You can enter your zip code and it will tell you the instructors in your area. If you are a beginner and do well in a group environment, ask about beginners clinics that might be available at the facility. It’s a cost effective way to “try it out” and meet some other people that are just starting out.
|Choosing the right accessories
Visit a local wine shop to peruse the many different kinds of corkscrews and other wine opening tools available. Stick to the basics by choosing a wine corkscrew, which can be mastered with practice and by following a few key steps: Start by using the small knife on the corkscrew to cut a slice in the foil under the lip at the top of the bottle. Then, place the corkscrew in the center of the cork and turn counter clockwise puncturing the cork and twisting it until it’s almost all the way down into the cork. Next, place the arm with its metal lever on the lip of the bottle, securely wedge it onto the lip, and then pull the handle of the corkscrew and the cork up out of the bottle. Finally, pour and enjoy!
|Renting / Buying Clubs
You can rent clubs at most courses but call ahead to make sure they have them available (indicate if you are right or left handed/male or female). If you think you are going to start playing regularly, purchase a couple of clubs from a local pro or retailer. Here is a good configuration for you to buy as a beginner: 7 iron, sand wedge, pitching wedge/nine iron and a putter.
Most beginners’ clinics will start with short game (chipping, pitching & putting) and then work on irons before venturing into the woods, hybrids and specialty shots.
|The basics of wine tasting
Chewing gum and breath mints will alter the taste of wine, so be sure to rinse your mouth well with water or snack on a plain cracker before trying a new wine. Similarly, reconsider spraying on your favorite cologne or perfume before tasting wines as it’s distracting to the senses. Before you sip, take a sniff inside the glass. You can smell as well as taste the flavor profile of a wine – from the fruit-forward flavors of a Pinot Noir to the spiciness of a bold Cabernet – take in the aromas by nose before sipping to get the full taste experience.
If you do not own golf shoes, check with the facility you are planning on playing to see what their policy on golf shoes is. Most public or semi-private courses allow guests to wear clean white sneakers to play. Some private courses have a few pairs for guests or members to rent, but do not count on this.
|Entertaining with wine
An easy way to try new wines is to host a casual get-together where each guest is asked to bring a bottle of wine. For example, have everyone bring a bottle from the same region in California. The idea for this tasting is to find great-tasting and affordable wines. Visit Facebook.com/MirassouWinery to download an easy at-home wine tasting kit with tools and tips for hosting a fun wine tasting at your next get-together.
|Getting Out on the Course
Once you feel comfortable with all of your clubs and have covered the fundamentals, you can progress to playing on the golf course. It is best to play at non-peak times and start with 9 holes.
You should pick up your ball if you are holding up play. No more than one hole should be between you and the group in front of you at the most. Preferably they would be clearing the green as you are approaching your shot in the fairway.
Playing lessons with a professional are a great way to go from the range to the course so that you can learn the rules, discuss what clubs to hit and get general advice along the way.
|Pairing foods with wine
There really are no “rules” to food and wine pairing; however, there is but one simple guideline: pair lighter foods with lighter wines and heartier foods with bolder wines. Feel free to make up your pairings and enjoy a variety of food and wine combinations! The beauty of trying new wines is figuring out what you like. Wines are meant to be enjoyed, so pair wines you like with foods you like and don’t anguish over pairings. Taste and sip whatever you like best and simply sit back and enjoy!
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