Are you comfortable with what you know about wine? Certainly not, which shows that anyone interested in wine will learn something after reading this. What is it you want to know? This article will teach you more about the wonderful world of wine.
When you store your wine properly, you enhance the flavor it can produce. Wines can be damaged by extremes in heat or cold, adversely affecting the flavor. Store your wine at 50-55 degrees to allow the flavor time to develop. Specialized wine fridges can be used, or wines can be kept in cool basement spaces.
If you are really into it, build a wine cellar, it is worth it. That is important if you get pricey wine you don’t want to keep in the kitchen but want to drink eventually. Any wine that will be kept for an amount of time can be preserved well within a wine cellar.
Consider joining a wine lover’s discussion forum. These forums are a fun way to learn a lot about wine, as well as making new friends. First, take the time to read a few threads to see if this is your sort of community.
If you want your wine to taste the best, make sure the temperature is right. Red wines are best when they are served at about 60 degrees. In order to let the wine warm in the glass, start it at 58 degrees. White wines should be kept at 47 degrees. White wine that is too warm will taste dull.
You do not have to be scared of the sulfite warnings on the bottle. U.S. companies have to put these warnings on their bottles. Sulfites can cause allergic reactions in some rare occasions but you should not worry about sulfites if you have not noticed any reactions before.
When pouring wine, consider the type of glass you are using. White wines need a more narrow glass, so that warm air cannot readily reach the wine’s surface. Red wines need wider glasses with large mouths. This allows lots of air into the glass and lets the wine warm, and awakens the flavors as it interacts with the air.
Do not be afraid to experiment when choosing wines. Sampling a wine is one of the best — not to mention tastiest — ways to learn about a country or winery. Take your time to check out the differences in the wines available. You may discover a new wine you never tried before is your new favorite.
If you’re an avid wine lover, you might want to consider taking a trip to your local wine country in order to see first hand how all your wines are produced. Not only is wine country beautiful to look at, you’ll get a new appreciation for wine and also some context on where it comes from.
Wine can dress up a meal, and you can be relaxed with it during any quiet night. You have an appreciation of wine to go along with your new knowledge. Use the tips you just read, and start planning your next wine-tasting.