Partial part of the world knows it, and the other part of the world wants to learn it. Wine is a sublime art. Rarely is it only choose if you want a white or a red or a rosé or sparkling, it is also much more than that.
Thankfully the fruit accompanied us when God kicked Adam and Eve, and carried along the magical quality of sugar turning to alcohol. Welcome wine. The saviour to many of us- on a tardy weekday or a relaxed weekend dusk. However, wine brings many of us to much embarrassment- for lack of knowledge, lack of pleasing palette combination often leaves the host in the dust.
What is Wine?
Wine is simply aged grape juice that tastes brilliantly as it does when the sugar in it turns to alcohol with some yeast action on the surface of the grape. This process of fermantation comes with some twists, in various temperatures, for various time periods, with various qualities and kinds of grapes and the right storage that lends each wine the unique taste that it bears.
Aged wine is just a fine way to describe the better tasting and the rather expensive wine. These ones are usually matured in oak barrels and from here comes the woody accents lent to the wine.
1) Hold the Glass by the stem. Not only does it give a better swirling technique, but it revolves the wine in a manner so as to not readjust the temperature of the wine.
2) You can ask for a spitting cup during a Wine Tasting. It is not considered rude- and lets you enjoy the flavors you desire rather liberally.
3) Should you just be introducing wine to your palette- start with white wine. White wine is sweeter to the palette and you can slowly progress to the complex red wines.
4) Ordering Wine at a Restaurant- Always ask for your Wine Sommelier. Each restaurant has one. Little do people benefit from a wine steward. Ask them to guide you a suitable wine with your dining preferences. The right wine is a palette cleanser as well as a flavor catalyst.
5) Coordinate Colors- If you are at a loss for wine pairing, coordinate colors. Usually white wines go the best with white fleshed food and red wines are more suitable with, say a red roasted salmon, a well- cooked steak or red sauces. This is a crude cheat code to choosing the right wine.
6) NEVER wear white to a Wine Tasting!
7) While Serving wine, never fill more than half the size of the glass.
8) Pour sparkling and blush wines with ease. Let the bubbles be preserved in this manner and pour right in the centre of the glass for the aroma to drift upwards.
SPEAK YOUR FRENCH WINE
Learn how to pronounce your favorite wines instead of just pointing out to the waiter the name on the menu. Rather belligerent innit?
Beaujolais Nouveau- Bho-Jo-Lay New-Voh
Beaujolais Villages- Bho-Jo-Lay Vih-Lahzh
Cabernet Sauvignon- Cab-Air-Nay Saw-Veen-YawN
Cabernet Franc- Cab-Air-Nay FrohN
Pinot Noir- Pee-Noe Nwahr
Vin Blanc- Vin-BloN
Chenin Blanc- Shay-Nan BloN
Pinot Blanc- Pee-Noe-Blon
Pinot Gris- Pee-noe- GREE
Sauvignon Blanc- Saw-Veen-Yawn Blon
Semillon- Seh-mee- Yohn
Never Bring your guests Chilled Wine. This is indicative of the fact that you want the wine to be served at the dinner, and it is not polite to have gifts opened during the course of the dinner. Usually the hosts have the meal and the choice of beverage well planned in advance. It is rude to shove your wine to them.
Should you not know the wine preferences of your hosts, it is always suggested to bring white wine during summers and red during winters.
Always consider gifting with a tissue paper or an appropriate gift bag. Never bring the wine bottle as it is.
Pairing the right food with the right fine is the epitome of wine talent.
Cabernet Sauvignon – red meats and smoked flavors
Chardonnay – all kinds of grilled chicken and fish.
Merlot – All Italian flavors and red meats.
Pinot Noir – light foods such as salmon and salads blend well with Pinot
Sauvignon Blanc – white colored foods. Fishes, cheeses and Light Fruit
Syrah – heavy and spicy gravy foods
Zinfandel – Italian food with tomato and basil flavors.
Tres, Très Bon!