All You Need to Know About Wine
The Basics: All you need to know about Wine
Do you feel a bit ignorant when you meet people for dinner and they all seem to know what they’re talking about when it comes to choosing wine?
Well, kick-start all you need to know about wine with Norman Goodfellows QUICK GUIDE to wine.
Wine can be a fairly complicated topic of discussion because of its long history steeped in origin, geography, agriculture and variety of grape. When wine first originated, it was largely differentiated by the region it came from. So much so, that the name of the wine would be named after the region the grape was grown in.
Nowadays, things have changed a little as wine is produced in so many places around the world, the regional lines have become a little blurry.
This gives even more reason to make sure you’ve got the facts right.
In order to know what you’re talking about, you’ve got to know and understand all the right lingo — tannin, bouquet, terroir, aroma — not to mention how to hold a glass, recognize flavors, and know when to drink it and what to drink it with.
Just by knowing the basics of wine, it will open up doors to new flavours and tastes that you may not have appreciated before.
Let’s start with the broadest overview… These are the basic types of wine you get:
- Red Wine
- White Wine
- Rose Wine
- Sparkling Wine
Temperature of each type of wine
Different wines should be served at different temperatures. Red wine should be room temperature, or about 20-25°C, whereas a rose wine should be served slightly chilled around 7-13°C.
White wine and sparkling wine should always be served cold so they need to be kept in the fridge to have a temperature below 5°C.
How to serve wine
Believe it or not, but different types of glasses should be used for different types of wine. What it’s served in can most definitely alter how it tastes. Of course, you don’t need all the variety of glasses in your home, but when picking out glasses, choose ones that complement the type of wine you favor.
For example, you should always serve champagne or sparkling wine in a flute. This is because of the bubbles! You certainly wouldn’t want to jeopardize the bubbles by serving it in the wrong kind of glass. If you’re serving port after dinner, you should serve the port in an actual port glass. They’re small for a reason, so you can sip it slowly and savor the flavours.
You’ve most likely seen the wine experts swirling their wine around their glass. This isn’t just for show! This is important especially with chilled wines since the heat from your hand will warm the bowl and alter the taste of the wine. To hold and swirl wine like an expert, hold the glass by the stem and then rotate your wrist so the wine gently swirls around the bowl of the glass. This allows the smell of the wine to fill the bowl, which is important as it enhances the flavours.
Another way to get the most out of your bottle of wine is to serve it in a decanter. This allows the wine to breathe and enhances the flavours even more so. You should allow the wine to breathe for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Different types of wine
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pinot Noir
- And tons more!
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinot Grigio
- And tons more!
How to choose a good wine?
You’re standing in the front of the aisle but you’re bombarded by choice – where do you start?
Firstly, appearance isn’t everything – so don’t make your decision based on the prettiest label. Front labels can be enticing, but check out the full package before you purchase. Read back labels for more information about a wine. Sometimes there are some clues about the wine like fruits, flavors, the aging process, importers and region. Look out for any stamps of approval like awards or reviews—all signs of a good wine.
Top Tip from Norman Goodfellows
Don’t be afraid of buying a wine with a screw cap. Contrary to the connotations associated with a wine screw cap, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a cheap wine. In fact, it could be a really expensive and good quality wine. The cap makes no difference.
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