How to Understand Wine Better

How to Understand Wine Better

How to Understand Wine Better

Choosing the right wine can be overwhelming for some. Mostly, if you already have one or two kinds of wine that suits your preferences, it is easier to stick to those tried and tested ones than explore other options. Dinner or party is never complete without a bottle of good wine for the guests. However, it could get boring when you always serve or taste the same kind of wine.

It pays a lot to understand wine more than what it’s used to be. Knowing more about wine helps you choose the right one that would perfectly match the food that you’ll be serving and at the same time impress your guests. Here’s a simple guide to help you get started in understanding wine better than before. 

Know the Basic Grape Varietals

Different kinds of wine come from different grape varietals. To increase your knowledge about wine, you should know the 7 Noble Grape varietals that are commonly used around the world. These varietals are the Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, and Riesling. You could easily find any wine made from these varieties at almost any online wine store, wine shop, or even grocery store. Knowing these types would also get you covered on almost any kind of food pairing you need. 

Know Different Tastes

Wine tasting is the best experience you could have when you’re looking for good wine. You’ll get to know and familiarize the tastes of different wines, making it easier to know which one’s pair best with the food you have. When doing a wine tasting, be sure to try the same kinds of wine for an unbiased perspective – for instance, compare red wines among each other. 

Knowing the Colour, Body, and Aroma of Wine

Different kinds of wine have their own distinct colour, body and aroma. If you know a lot about wine, it would be easy to identify which one you’re drinking without even seeing the bottle. When tasting wine, be sure to pay attention to these three essential features. That way, you’ll know the taste of a typical Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, making it easier to distinguish if you’re getting a good quality wine or not.

Know the Basics of Food and Wine Pairing

If you’re planning to serve wine with your food, it is important that you choose the best wine that pairs with the food and not just any other wine. That way, your guests will have a great experience during mealtime and feel more satisfied with the dinner. 

For instance, Sauvignon Blanc pairs perfectly with white meat and seafood that is lightly seasoned because it is high in acidity. However, Cabernet Sauvignon pairs perfectly with fatty meats since it washes away the fatty flavour with its full-bodied taste. Explore more food and wine pairings to know the right wine you need. 

Once you get a better understanding of wine, choosing one that you need is more simplified and easier.

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