Become Your Very Own Sommelier At Home with these wine tips
Wine is one of life’s finest pleasures. It has the magical reputation of being the perfect addition to nearly any meal. But, are you feeling that you’re lacking the knowledge and skills to get the most out of your wine drinking experience?
There are so many rules and regulations in the world of wine that it’s difficult to know where to start. Well, we’re here to help.
We’re not going to bore you with overcomplicated jargon. Instead, let’s get down to the basics of wine.
Wine and food go together hand-in-hand
Food and wine, when paired well, can be an incredible experience. A good red works well with a lovely seared steak and a fantastic glass of sauvignon blanc compliments a perfectly cooked piece of fish like you can’t believe. For more tips on pairing wine with food, have a look at our recent blog on this topic.
Maintain those temps
The expert rule with wine is that 16 to 18 degrees Celsius is recommended for reds. On the other hand, whites are recommended to be served at between 14 to 16 degrees Celsius.
Given that we live in South Africa and have such a warm climate, you may want to serve your bottle of white wine chilled, by keeping it in the fridge. This can make for a very refreshing experience and your wine won’t get so warm so quickly.
Open wine more easily
Nowadays, you can get yourself a whole range of lever and turn corkscrews, which makes it much easier to be a pro at opening that stubborn bottle of wine.
Let your wine breathe in and out
To get the most flavour out of your wine of choice, you need to let it breathe. Many aerators and decanters exist on the market that you can use to control the flow of wine and aerate it in the process.
A stream of air flows into the wine bottle and circulates around the wine. This results in a tasty glass of wine just for you!
Try out the Vinture wine aerator which you can buy from NGF.
The glass is just as important as the wine
Be certain that the glass you use to drink with fits the wine you’ve chosen. Red wine is best in bowl-shaped bottom wine glasses and white is preferred in smaller egg-shaped glasses. This will ensure you’re drinking and enjoying your wine to its fullest potential.
Serve wine with elegance and grace
Serving wine with grace and elegance is what makes wine drinking different from everything else.
To make the experience more pleasant, you could always use a wine pourer that makes it near-impossible to stain your white satin table cloth.
Pro-tip: When drinking wine, leave the glass half empty to prevent inelegant spills.
Save money by preserving wine
Did you know that you can save the last bit of wine left over in your wine bottle? You just have to preserve it, of course. But with what, you ask?
Well, there are various wine pumps and stoppers for all types of wines, and you can be sure that your wine will still be good to drink over the next few days.
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