A bit of wine can change the whole mood. Before you can master the art of wine selection, however, you must also understand how to store, share and sip this timeless beverage. Continue reading and discover something new about wine.
Don’t let others decide which wines you should try. If you do not like a wine that a friend does, do not buy it. You will end up wasting money.
You do not have to be scared of the sulfite warnings on the bottle. All wine contains sulfite. However, American wines put warnings on their labels. Although some people are allergic to sulfites, if you have had wine with no reaction before, you are not one of those unlucky souls.
The main difference between white and red wines are the colors and types of the grapes used. To create red wine, the winemaker must use bold, strongly flavored purple grapes. White wines are made from green grapes, making the wine crisper and lighter. Obviously, these two wines have more differences, but this is the foundation for them.
It is best to drink white wines while they are within their first two years. One notable exception to this rule is Chardonnay. That’s because oak usually is not used when producing white wine. Dark wines, which are stored in oak, can dramatically improve in taste as time passes.
You should only drink the wines which you enjoy. Some restaurants and bars might promote certain brands of wine. Restaurants can charge as much as 20 times over the price for these wines. Just because the price is higher does not mean the quality is better. Pick a wine that you like and don’t fall for the hype.
Many wines go quite well with desserts. A dessert wine will taste sweeter than dinner wines. Ruby port or tawny port wines complement desserts and chocolates with a natural sweetness. Serve them at approximately 55 degrees for best flavor.
Lots of online resources exist concerning wine types, characteristics and history. Just print off what you want to know and store it in a binder – you can refer to it when you are wine shopping. Ask for the opinions of the employees, compare notes, and don’t take home a bad bottle because of lack of knowledge.
When tasting a wine, you should start by tilting the glass slightly so you can look at the color of the wine. Swirl your glass around and bring it to your nose in order to pick up every scent. Take a little in your mouth and then release it back into the glass.
Which type of Spanish wine you have will dictate how you keep it fresh. Rioja is a popular wine in the United States, and stays fresh for up to seven years. Store it in a cool, dark area until you are ready to enjoy it!
Try to taste and smell every separate note of the wine. There might be fruit or floral aromas that you recognize. You might be able to pick up on a hint of honey or caramel. Be on the lookout for these aromas, and soon, you’ll be able to recognize them faster.
White and red wines should be served at two totally different temperatures. Reds should be warmer than whites, at least 10-15 degrees. The best way to do this is to first chill your wine before letting it sit for awhile at room temperature. Red wine should be around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, while white wine should be about 45 degrees.
Clearly, storing, serving and tasting wines can involve numerous considerations. When you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up in chaos. Increase your enjoyment and the enjoyment of your guests by serving the most appropriate wine.