The world of wine holds so many opportunities. A simple glance at the wine list in a restaurant makes it clear that merely distinguishing between red and white wines is not going to cut it. Learn just a few fundamentals, however, and you’ll soon be presenting wine like an expert. We’ll reveal all the most important tips!
Who doesn’t know the feeling of being invited to a friend’s place for dinner and somehow being obligated to bring a bottle of wine as a gift. So, you’re standing in the grocery store in front of the wine shelf. The wine growing regions alone are the first hurdle. Spanish, French, and even local wine? Not to mention dry or sweet wine? Most of the time the layman makes the decision based on the design of the label and the price. But there’s so much just waiting to be revealed. With a few small tricks, you can discover a little more information.
Enjoy wine with dinner
There is a rule that goes along with wine that most everyone is familiar with: red wine is paired with meat, and white wine is paired with fish. Of course, there’s more to it than that. For example, alcoholic and acidic wines tend to be more appropriate with foods higher in fat. Light wines best complement salty and heavily spiced foods. In the end, the most important factor is how it tastes. The combinations are endless and should ultimately be selected based on preference.
Wine basics: type and character
If you can just remember some basics, you’re already way ahead of the game. These include, for example, a couple of important grape varieties and their typical characteristics. When speaking of white wines, these can include light and fruity varieties such as Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Chardonnay, Riesling, and Grauburgunder tend to be stronger and more aromatic. Red wines include Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir, among others. Merlot, Rioja, and Cabernet Sauvignon are some of the stronger varieties of red. Heavy red wines include Syrah or even Zinfadel.
Temperature also plays an important role
Prove yourself as a true connoisseur by knowing the correct temperature at which a wine should be served to reveal its genuine flavor. Dry as well as fresh white wines and rosé wines should be served slightly chilled at 6–10 degrees. On the other hand, a light red wine requires a temperature of 10–12 degrees, and stronger red wines can be served smoothly at 15–18 degrees. The temperature is also the reason wine glasses are generally grasped by the stem – in order to maintain a steady temperature and prevent the wine from warming. If you want to be on the safe side and wish to offer your guests wine at the correct temperature in any case, a special wine fridge can be used. They do not cost that much and allow you to set the exact temperature desired.
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With this information, you are well equipped for turning yourself into a secret expert. Want to give it a shot? You can even enjoy just a glass or two without hesitation, because the zzysh® stopper will keep your wine aromatic and fresh after opening for several weeks. Just as it should be.