Wine enthusiast! It’s time for you to be talking like a wine connoisseur in your circle. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a clue about wine, we have you covered with these seven tips:
The most famous Wines are either red or white. There’s also other kinds- rose, sparkling, etc. But, white and red is all you have to worry about.
Food pairings are also simple: Order red wine for meals like red meat, rich and roasted veggies. For the foods like white meat, light vegetables, and fish, white wine is perfect. Also, the popular and reliable white and red wine choices are; Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, respectively.
Not too much!
Pay attention to how high the server fills your glass. The classic mistake with rookies is filling their glasses to the brim. Taste is like 40% smell, and if you can’t feel it, it just won’t taste the same.
How much to pay
Expensive wine isn’t always better. One can get excellent wines for as low as twenty dollars, but going with the bottom of the menu choices should be avoided. Going with the “house wine” can be an excellent choice or not such a wise move. But it’s okay when you are learning the baby ropes, because not every glass has to be a special event.
What’s the deal with the taste test?
When your server pours a little bit of wine and presents it to you, it’s not for you to taste it and see if you like it! Once the cork is out, it’s too late for you to turn your back. The wine tasting is whether to see if the wine is spoiled! As many as one in twelve bottles are spoiled. The thing you are looking for is whether it tastes a bit like damp cardboard.
Before you see a screw cap on a wine bottle and term it as cheap, we have warned you. The screw cap reduces the chance of the wine being spoiled. Next, they are a kind of the must with aging wine. Some wines are most enjoyed after aging for more than two years, and the cork is a vital factor in how wine ages.
Obviously, there is also the old school fun of opening a cork shaped bottle. These are the reasons for corks on expensive wines.
Don’t be afraid to ask
Asking your server to help you out with wine pairings is more than OK. The server is your friend, and there to help you out. It’s more embarrassing to pretend to know more than you do, and then end up spoiling your meal.
The server has got your back, just as they do when you order extravagant food choices like steak.
Take a wine tasting class
If you need some hands-on experience at getting better at wine selection, you can always try out different wine tasting classes in your neighborhood.
Our personal favorite is; Caiarossa IGT Toscana: This bold red from Tuscany’s Maremma region is savory and earthy with dark cherry and anise notes, leather and spice. The coastal vineyards, not far from the Tyrrhenian Sea, are certified biodynamic. Made from seven different grape varieties (merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, sangiovese, petit verdot, alicante) which are all harvested and vinified separately. Average price $50.