8 Steps to Drinking Wine...
Drinking wine is more than simply consuming a drink; it's an experience. Although there are thousands of different types of wines, there are a few key elements to include in the wine experience that will make your wine drinkable even more delicious. All it takes are a few simple steps and voila! You’re a wine connoisseur!
Tasting the wine
1. Get a recommendation.
If you're a new wine drinker, why not pop into our wine store in Knutsford Market Hall and we can help in selecting the wine that is right for you.
2. Choose a wine.
Knowing what qualities, you're looking for in a wine is very important, as there are numerous types of wine. Do you want a full-bodied or light-bodied wine? Body equates to how heavy the wine actually feels in your mouth. Or do you prefer a dry or sweet wine? In wine-speak, dry is the opposite of sweet. Do you want a crisp or soft wine? A wine with refreshing acidity is crisp, whereas a wine that feels smoother is considered soft.
3. Taste the wine.
Pour 1-2 ounces of wine into your glass to taste it before deciding on a full glass. It's common to try a few sips of wine before committing to a glass. Wine tasting is a great way to determine whether or not you like the overall flavour of the wine.
4. Experience the aroma.
Swirl the wine in your glass to expose it to a larger surface area. This increases wine’s contact with air and intensifies its aroma. Swirl your wine by holding the glass by the base or by the stem. Smell your wine as you swirl it to take in the aromas. Common aromas include different fruits, spices, herbs and flowers.
4. Sip your wine.
Wine is best when sipped and savoured, as opposed to being gulped down. Take a small-to-medium sized sips of wine and hold the wine in the centre of your tongue before swallowing. This will allow you to taste the complex flavours of the wine.
5. Pairing your wine with food.
It's easiest to think of pairing as a balancing act. For example, sparkling wines go perfectly with salty, fried foods. The carbonation and acids emulate beer and clean the salt from your palate with each sip.
• Choose silky white wines with foods like fatty fish or cream sauces. Chardonnays, for example, are delicious with fish like salmon or any kind of seafood in a lush sauce.
• Pair a dry Rosé with rich, cheesy dishes. Some cheeses usually go better with white wine, and some are best with red. However, almost all cheeses pair well with dry rosé, which has the acidity of white wine and the fruitiness of a red.
• Red wines such as Cabernet and Bordeaux are terrific with red meats like steaks and chops. They refresh the palate after each bit of meat.
• With desserts, make sure that the wine tastes as sweet, or sweeter, than the dessert. For example, pair a bitter, dark chocolate and a red wine with some sweetness, such as a late harvest Zinfandel.
6. Serve your wine at the proper temperature.
To get the best taste out of your wine, make sure you serve it at the ideal temperature. Red wines should be served closer to room temperature, whereas white wines are much better when chilled.
7. Use the right wine glass.
White wine glasses tend to be smaller than red wine glasses. This is because white wines do not need to oxidize like reds do. When drinking white wine, choose glasses that have narrower bowls with a tapered top. This will allow for greater aromatic concentration, making the intensity of the smells and flavours of your wine last longer.
Red wine needs to oxidize in order for its flavour to fully develop, which is why red wine glasses are typically larger than white wine glasses. Because of their bowl shape, red wine glasses allow more of the wine to come into contact with the air. As the red wine breathes, the character of the wine becomes richer and more pronounced.
• When drinking wine, always hold the wine glass by its stem and never by the bowl. Holding a wine glass by the bowl will warm it too quickly.
8. Pour your wine into your wine glass.
Red and white wines are served slightly differently. Be sure to pour the proper amount of wine into your glass to get the best possible wine experience.
• When drinking red wine, bring the bottle to the glass and gently pour your red wine until your glass is half way full. This should be roughly 4 ounces of wine. To stop your pour, slowly twist the bottle upward over the glass to avoid drops and spills.
• When serving white wine, wrap a napkin around the neck of the bottle for insulation before pouring. This will keep your hands from warming the bottle. Then, slowly pour your wine until the glass is one-third full – roughly 3 ounces. To stop pouring, slightly twist the bottle upwards to avoid any spills
And enjoy! Best served in good company…
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