From Vine To Bottle: The Basics Of WineFrom selecting the right bottle to choosing the right pairing, there is always much to learn about wine. There are a lot of books and websites devoted entirely to wine and the wine culture. In this article, we’ll discuss just a few of the basics.

TIP! Serve your reds and whites in proper glasses. A narrow wine glass is better for white wines because it limits the amount of warm air touching the wine. And a wide glass is better for reds because it allows more air into the wine, warming it up.

To begin, all wine lovers should visit a winery at least once in their lifetime. Wine country is astoundingly beautiful to visit, and you’ll appreciate the wines you enjoy at home so much more after you go. Not to mention all the tastings you can go to, and all the interesting things you will learn about the process of growing grapes and making the wine.

Of course, the variety and color of grapes used in a wine determines whether it is a white or red. Purple grapes are used in red wine. Green grapes, which are lighter and tend to be somewhat crisp, are used in making white wines.

If you are into red wines, you always want to make sure you open the bottle and let it sit for a while before serving it. When you leave a bottle of red open for a bit, the oxygen mixes in with it, and it gives the wine a much deeper, more complex flavor.

TIP! Don’t let labels concerning sulfites scare you. All wines contain sulfites; it’s only those bottled in America that are required to make note of it on the label.

One good thing to do when you’re trying out a new type or brand of wine is to give just a single bottle a try first. It’s impossible to know whether or not you’ll like a particular wine without tasting it first. To save you money, pick up a bottle before deciding to buy a whole case.

Wine Cellars

How you store your wine is important. All wines are negatively affected by temperatures outside their optimal range. When you store your wine properly, you enhance the flavor it can produce. In general, you want to keep your wines around fifty-five degrees for optimal flavor, which means you will need to store your wine in a basement or a wine refrigerator.

If you are serious about wine collecting, though, a wine cellar is an absolute necessity. Especially if you have expensive wine you want to store. Cellars help keep the wines at optimal temperatures, preserving and even enhancing their quality and tastes.

Keep many different kinds of wine on hand. This is important especially if you entertain guests fairly often. Stocking your wine rack with only red wine or only white wine is inefficient. Store both sparkling and sweet wines in addition to rich reds and whites so that you always have something your guests will enjoy.

TIP! If you want to serve sparkling wine or champagne at your party, be sure to chill the bottle first. When you put it in the refrigerator for about 2 hours beforehand, you will really notice a difference.

Use good quality and fresh stemware when you serve your wines. The stemware should look the part and sparkle. Keep your stemware clean and prepared for the next tasting. Cheap stemware gives off a very bad impression to your guests.

TIP! Not all wines age well; take this into account when you’re putting it away for long periods of time. Check the shelf life of the particular wine you’re storing to find out how long you can store it before the flavor is negatively affected.

There are many message boards and online forums dedicated to wine and wine lovers. You can find many like-minded people with a mutual love for wine, and you will also be afforded the opportunity to mingle and share knowledge and information with those people. You could find a member who has similar tastes to you and strike up a friendship. Ask them what wines they prefer for different occasions. Forums like these are a great place to gather suggestions for your own parties and mealtimes.

Also, if you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur, make sure you briefly introduce yourself to waiters and local clerks that serve your table at restaurants or sell you a bottle. Getting to know them may lead to savings and advanced knowledge of new products.

Once you’ve got the basics covered about wine, the rest should easily follow. Follow the general guidelines but allow your personal preference to be your best guide. Learn the basics like matching a great wine with a good meal, and then allow your taste buds to lead you. Remember the tips in this article, too.



From Vine To Bottle: The Basics Of Wine
From Vine To Bottle: The Basics Of Wine
From Vine To Bottle: The Basics Of Wine

From Vine To Bottle: The Basics Of Wine

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