A Crowd Packs 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph


Despite the cold weather on Sun., Feb. 23, wine and art lovers of all ages came out for the 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's. The event which attracted more that 200 people was held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall. On hand were over 40 local and regional vendors showing their arts and crafts including Pueblo's own Ed Posa, while St. Joseph parish members were hard at work in the hall kitchen putting together and serving several tasty Italian hors d'oeurves to the crowd on hand. The crowd was also able to sample wine from Fr. Joseph's brother Raymond who owns Casa Abril vineyards and winery in Sante Fe, NM.

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

  • 4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's
    4th Annual Tuscany at St. Joseph's

    Held inside the Fr. Charles J. Murray Parish Hall on Feb. 23, 2020

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Art of Wine Tasting

Wine tasting can be fun, educational and very enjoyable. The fun starts when you realize it’s a completely sensory experience and so completely subjective. This simple guide will take you through the correct procedure for tasting wine.

Step 1: Begin by twirling the glass around. The gentle action helps oxygenate the wine inside the glass to fully release its flavor.

Step 2: Tilt the glass at a 45-degree angle to observe and appreciate the color and clarity of the wine. A white wine will have colors such as green, gold or straw. A red will have colors such as deep purple, cherry red or hints of brown. Is it clear or cloudy? Does the color permeate the entire glass or does it fade near the top? Now swirl the wine again. As it settles, observe the legs that run down the glass; the thicker the legs generally means the thicker the body.

Step 3: This step is where beginners come to fully realize the complexity and character of wines. Lean over the glass and inhale deeply. Do this a few times to get a sense of the overall impression. Is the aroma fruity, earthy, musty, oaky? Now twirl the glass around again and note additional aromas you may be picking up. If a white wine, do you smell the fruit characteristics of apples, pears, peaches, apricots, lime, lemon, grapefruit? If a red wine, do you smell the fruit characteristics of cherry, black cherry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, plum? Most aromas depend upon the wine grapes used and where they were grown, harvested or blended.

Step 4: Now, it’s time to taste. Take a sip of the wine and swirl it in your mouth for a few seconds. Let it reach all of your palate and even suck in some air to help further liberate its perfume. How does it taste? Is it sweet, fruity, dry or somewhere in between. Think about the texture (also called body). Is it heavy or light? Light will have a thin texture like low-fat milk; heavy will have a thicker coating like heavy cream. Now think about the flavors of the wine. What fruit or other essence (such as vanilla, grass, cocoa, mint, and pepper among many more) are prominent. Swallow the wine and pay attention to the finish, or aftertaste. Is it pleasant or awkward? Does it entice you to take another sip? Do the flavors linger on your palate or disappear quickly?

Now that you have tasted the wine through these four steps, what do you think of the wine. Is it one you would enjoy without the accompaniment of other flavors or would it taste better with a certain food? Generally, if a wine is fruity or sweet, it can be enjoyed alone. If a wine is dry, tart, heavy-bodied or acidic, it would probably taste better accompanied by food. Of course, the most important question is “Do you like it?” No matter what – Divertiti! (Enjoy yourself!)
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