Many of us enjoy wine on a daily basis. Whether it is for celebrating a special occasion, gathered with friends, or simply alone to de-stress.
How much do you know about wine? If it’s not much at all, then this beginner’s guide will help in increasing your knowledge on some wine basics. At a wine bar or at home, we’ve got you covered with these simple yet useful guidelines in order to start your wine journey.
Wine is produced with fermented grapes. Wine grapes are smaller, sweeter, and thicker in skin.
The fermentation process occurs due to the natural chemicals present. What this means, is simply that the sugars are being converted into alcohol. Yeast is essentially added as it consumes the sugar in the grapes and converts it into ethanol; the principle type of drinking alcohol.
After opening the wine, it should be stored in the fridge. But how long will it remain drinkable after being opened and stored in the fridge?
Sparkling Wine → 1-3 days. Should be preserve with a sparkling wine stopper (will lose fizz).
Light White and Rosé → 5-7 days
White Wine → 3-5 days
Red Wine → 3-5 days
Below are a few tips as to how you can preserve the wine longer:
Different glasses and their shape can really affect the flavor greatly. This is simply because the way we drink can change the taste. Whether white or red, strong or light, each wine requires a particular wine glass for a better tasting.
With the use of our noses as well as our perception, our wine tasting can be enhanced with more enjoyment. Some of the glasses are especially designed to improve and augment the amount of aromas, so that the wine reaches its full flavor potential.
Below is a chart to help you understand the different types of wine glasses with its ideal wine.
Other than choosing the proper glassware, the wine must be served at the correct temperature. This is because the temperature directly influences the way in which a wine smells and tastes. The proper temperature will enhance the wine’s flavor and aroma at its best.
Below is a list of the proper temperature to serve the wine.
Sparkling wine → should be served “ice cold” with a temperature of 38 – 50° F, 5 – 10°C
Tip: Up to 2 hours in the fridge before serving
White Wine → Should be served “fridge cold” with a temperature of 44 – 57° F, 7 – 14° C
Tip: 1 hour in the fridge
Light Red Wine → Should be served “cool” with a temperature of 53 – 63° F, 12 – 17° C
Tip: 45 minutes in the fridge
Rich Red Wine → Should be served “slightly cool” with a temperature of 63 – 69° F, 17 – 21° C
Tip: Around 20 minutes in the fridge
Rosé Wine → Should be served ‘Fridge cold” with a temperature of 45-55° F or 7 – 13° C
Tip: Up to 1 ½ hours in the fridge
Fortified Wines → Should be served “cool” with a temperature of 55 – 68° F, 13 – 20° C
Tip: 20 – 45 minutes in the fridge
4. Wine Pairing
When paired with a meal, wine can be complemented. If you are thinking of bringing wine at a party/dinner, know what’s on the menu beforehand. Find out first what is being cooked; whether fish or meat. Depending on what’s on the menu, the chosen wine will complement the menu perfectly. The chart below demonstrates the perfect wine pairing.
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