kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Your guide to the perfect wine tasting

If you are looking for a casual and fun, yet memorable way to entertain, check out the March issue of Wine Enthusiast for my feature article "Flights of Fancy." It features six wine tasting themes, complete with food and wine suggestions, as well as ideas for decor and music. Whether you wish to learn about and taste "Chardonnay Around the World," "Wines of the Loire," or "Off the Beaten Path Italy," there's a tasting for everyone. I have also included tips for planning your event, and a little bit of "Wine 101" to help guide you as you and your friends have an enjoyable evening tasting some wines.

For those of you in the DC area, remember that my business conducts interactive, educational wine tastings for private and corporate events. Check out my website for all the details and themes, including:

"Break Open the Bubbly!" A truly fun tasting! We'll try Champagne, as well as other bubblies such as Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco, and California sparkling wine.

"Dream Destination Wines" Perfect for a wedding shower, engagement party or anniversary party, this wine tasting focuses on wines that hail from regions and countries that are special to the happy couple. We'll taste wines from places that they have visited together, or hope to visit together, someday.

"On the Light Side" Looking for wines for warmer weather? Or just prefer lighter wines? We'll taste wines like Vinho Verde, Muscadet, Beaujolais, and Dolcetto.

"Big Reds" Not for the faint of heart! This tasting focuses on some of the world's biggest red wines, including Zinfandel, Barolo, and Syrah.

"South American Sips" Chile and Argentina are hot wine regions. Taste some of the country's signature varietals, including Argentinean Malbec and Torrontes, and Chilean Chardonny and Carmeniere.

"Perfume in a Glass" Aromatic wines are elegant, complex and delicious. We'll try aromatic white varietals like Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier.

"Wine and Chocolate" Bring your sweet tooth! From white chocolate with Moscati d'Asti, to nut filled chocolate with Tawny Port, this decadent tasting explores the world of pairing sweeter style wines with chocolate confections.

"Wine and Junk Food" A unique tasting option for game day, or for a casual party. Once you try matches like sparkling wine with potato chips and cheese curls with Rioja, you'll agree that wine and junk food can work together!

Contact me today to host your tasting!