When it comes to wine, you probably know that it should simply taste good. However, are you aware of all the ways you can care for and choose the best wine? If not, this article is jam packed with great advice to help you get started with the world of wine!
Do not spend your money on full cases of wine if you are not sure you like it. It is best to purchase an experimental bottle, or even better, taste the wine before you purchase it. You should consider buying full cases of win if you know you will easily be able to serve it when you have company.
You can make amazing pairings with your favorite wine. For example, you can pair a Chardonnay with either Gouda or Provolone. For stronger cheeses, such as Cheddar, opt for a Cabernet such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc. Zinfandel wines go beautifully with the more delicate cheeses such as Feta and Gouda.
One of the fastest ways that you can chill a bottle of wine is to place it into a container that is filled with water and ice. Gently lower the bottle into this container and you will be able to chill it to drinking standards within 30 minutes or so.
You can easily make a mulled wine with only a few ingredients. You will need a bottle of red wine such as Merlot, Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon, a peeled and sliced orange, a quality brandy, honey or sugar and a few spices including whole cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Combine your ingredients into a slow cooker. Then, heat for 30 minutes and enjoy!
If you have a lot of wine in your cellar, you may want to invest in an inventory management system. This will track the types of wine that you have in your cellar and how old they are at a given time. Compartmentalizing wine into a database can make your storage capabilities very efficient.
Don’t just go for wines that are expensive or highly-rated. This can be a real temptation if you have a lot of disposable income, especially when once you did not. Rather, drink a lot of styles of wine so you can choose the ones you personally consider the best. Fill your cellar with these, regardless of price, label or popular opinion.
If you want to visit a winery, you should know that the wine you buy and bring home will not taste like the wine you tried at the winery. The wine offered to visitors is often never put into bottles and the wine you buy will change during your trip home.
Make sure you are only drinking the particular wines you love. Certain establishments push certain brands, particularly if they are linked to a celebrity. The flip side is that these brands typically cost way too much, sometimes even twenty times as much as the wholesale price! More expensive prices don’t mean higher quality wines. Know what kinds of wine you enjoy and stick with those.
A common misconception about the term “vintage” is that it refers to when the actual wine was made. The truth is that the term refers to the year the grapes were harvested. Wine with a vintage of 2010 is made from grapes harvested in 2010. After the grapes were harvested, they were fermented and aged and then the bottling occurred. This wine wouldn’t have made it to store shelves until at least 2011!
White and red wines should not be served at the same temperature. Typically, reds should be a little warmer than whites, by about ten or fifteen degrees. A great tip is to chill wine in the fridge and then allow it to sit at room temperature. Whites should be at forty-five degrees and reds at sixty.
Your diet can handle some wine. Many people avoid drinking wine when dieting because they are afraid of wasting calories. You do not have to completely sacrifice wine in your diet if you remember to practice moderation and portion control. Most wines come in at just under 100 calories per serving. You can easily work a glass or two into your weekly routine.
If you are dining out with work colleagues and trying to impress the boss, try to arrive at the table first and order a bottle of wine to be delivered upon your guest’s arrival. This will really make it look like you know your wines. Avoiding a wait time for the bottle can also enhance the evening for everyone.
Buy your favorite wine by the case if you can afford to. Buying by the case can save you hundreds of dollars a year if you drink a lot of one particular wine. This is only a good idea, however, if you are certain that you would buy that much wine over time anyway.
If you’re about to drink a very young red wine, a recent vintage, hold the stem of the glass and swirl it around. This lets all the flavors, and aromas come out of the wine while oxygen is introduced to the wine itself. This softens the tannins and makes for a great drink.
A wine that many forget about is sake. Sake is made from rice and eaten with many Japanese foods. The nice thing about this wine is that it’s very versatile because it can be served with a wide variety of types of foods and courses. Try it the next time you make a Japanese inspired dish!
Keep your nose two or three inches away from the glass when you sniff it. People stick their nose right into the glass and miss to many of the great aromas of the wine. When the wine smells bad, it has turned and should be dumped down the sink without drinking.
As you can see, choosing, storing and serving wine is no easy task. It is a task which requires patience and plenty of knowledge before your next party, date or gathering. This article helped serve as a starting point, and make sure you apply all you’ve learned for optimal success!