There is wine everywhere — at social gatherings, restaurants, and even the grocery store. However, the topic is not without its confusing aspects. To find your way around in the world of wine, try the tips in this article.
Do you need a wine all your guests will enjoy? Instead of choosing a rare wine people might not appreciate, choose a Beaujolais, a Chilean, a Sauvignon or a Cava from Spain. These wines are easy to find and offer enough diversity to remain interesting for connoisseurs without making novices feel like they are sophisticated enough to enjoy the wine.
Allow red wines to warm up. Often, red wines are stored at temperatures near 60 degrees. The best temperature for serving red wines is above 70 degrees, which allows the full body of the wine to be present. When you open a bottle of red, allow it to sit and come to room temperature before drinking.
Don’t base your opinion solely on that of an expert. Every person tastes wine differently, so let your taste buds be the judge whenever you can get your hands on a specific bottle. You may experience something very differently than the experts. You would have never known that without taking the leap.
When you are ordering out, branch out. In order to make a favorable impression on those with whom you are dining, select a wine that they are not likely to be familiar with. They will be pleasantly surprised if you choose a good one you like.
If you notice that you are drinking wine each and every night, take a few nights off. The last thing that you will want to do is become jaded with the taste of wine. After this time period elapses, incorporate wine into your regime again and watch how great it will taste.
Don’t be afraid to try something new. Once a particular wine catches on with the public, it is often found in mass on the market. It can be hard to find a good wine when there are so many sub-par labels on the shelves. To combat this problem, try wine from lesser known regions. You may be surprised at the quality.
You should not buy large quantities of the wines you enjoy at the moment for your cellar. While it is tempting to stock up, you will probably enjoy something different in a short period of time. This means, the wines you enjoy at the moment, might not be the wines you enjoy later on down the road. Consequently, you may find yourself saddled down with bottle after bottle of ruined or otherwise unpalatable wines.
Look around your local area for good wines. Wine is produced in ALL 50 states. You may find a great vineyard that you can take a day trip to. Supporting your local wine growers is great in itself; however, there are many gems being made right here at home that often go overlooked.
With your increased knowledge of wine, a menu or wine store should no longer intimidate you. It should be easier to choose the right wine to serve when guests visit. This short course should have provided you with a strong foundation.