When you have a good bottle of wine, it will cheer things up and make the party. Understanding not only the selection process, but how to properly store and serve wine makes all the difference. Continue reading and discover something new about wine.
Get to know your local wine retailers. This is particularly important as each shop is different. Wine is a wide area, so each store will specialize in a certain kind of wines. If you’re new to the world of wine, having a store full of expensive labels may not be a great fit. Look for a shop that best suits your needs.
Attend wine tastings! You will have a lot of fun, discover new wines and meet people who are passionate about wine. It is a great social gathering. Invite your friends who also love wine. You may develop a better relationship with those you love while also enjoying something that you love.
Purchase a single bottle if you simply want to do a taste test. There are so many different kinds of wine, and you really never know which ones you’ll like. It is wise to purchase just one bottle before you decide to buy a whole case.
Your wine will taste better if it is served at the ideal temperature. 60 degrees is the right temperature for red wine. Chill your wine to 58 degrees first. White wines should be kept at 47 degrees. When white wines are served at a temperature that is too warm, its taste can be quite dull.
Don’t allow the warnings on labels about sulfites scare you. Every wine contains sulfites, but the warning is only required from American distributors. Sulfites may cause rare allergic reactions. Try not to worry too much about them if you’ve never had a reaction before.
Do not be afraid to experiment when choosing wines. Try a new wine to develop an appreciation for it as it travels over your taste buds. Read the shelf cards, try a wine from a different country or ask for a recommendation from the shop owner. You can never predict what you’ll find as a favorite!
Young white wines are your best choice. The only exception to this is Chardonnay. Chardonnays are fermented in oak barrels, typically. This is not true of other whites. This may not apply for dark wines or other varieties.
Vintage isn’t talking about the year it’s produced, but when its grapes were harvested. For example, 2010 wines have grapes that were harvested in 2010. They would have been aged and fermented in large barrels prior to bottling and sale. The wine most likely didn’t get sold until 2011 or 2012.
Don’t allow other people to influence your taste in wine. If there is a particular wine that you enjoy, then it’s sure to be a great selection. This is the rule you should live by. Everyone has different taste buds and it is best to drink wines you really enjoy. If someone doesn’t like a wine you are drinking, wonderful! It means you won’t have to share it.
Get familiar with local waiters and clerks that serve a bottle or table. When you are friendly with the person serving you you might get a heads up about sales or new wines.
Now you see that storing, tasting and serving your wine are determined by many factors. Now it is up to you to be sure that you do not neglect to use the information you have been given. Use the information that you have learned here, and your guests will really enjoy their next glass of wine a lot more.