Beginner's Guide To Enjoying Wine Like An Expert
Many people enjoy a glass of wine–or two–every now and then for the pure pleasure of it. But did you know that drinking a glass of wine every day can help prevent you from developing certain diseases, such as some types of cancer? Certain types of wines also contain properties that are believed to help improve heart and mental health.
So, drinking wine is not just good for your tastebuds. It is also good for your health. However, if you plan to buy a bottle or two, make sure that they are properly stored. Proper wine storage is vital if you want to avoid spoiling its taste.
Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented fruit, usually grapes. It is quite delicious. However, some people can get intimidated by the world of wine because there are so many things to consider when buying one. For example, you need to understand the different wine styles, such as the following.
- Sparkling wines
- Light-bodied white wines
- Full-bodied white wines
- Aromatic white wines
- Rosé wine
- Light-bodied red wines
- Medium-bodied red wines
- Full-bodied red wines
- Dessert wines
Choosing the right wine glasses
Aside from wine storage, your choice of wine glass matters. Even the most subtle differences in glass design can affect how you experience wine. This is because the style and shape of the glass can significantly impact how much aroma is released to your nose, what part of your tongue gets to taste the wine first, and the amount of air that comes into contact with the wine. All these elements have a huge influence on how the wine will taste.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a wine glass.
- The glass's bowl shape can affect how much aroma you get to smell. For example, wine gets more exposed with wide bowls, releasing more aroma to your nose.
- Using wider wine glasses will allow you to savour the bigger and bolder aromas and flavours of red wines.
- Consider using wine glasses with narrower bowls for white wines because of their more delicate flavours and aromas. Aside from channeling the subtler aromas to your nose, a narrower glass bowl also helps maintain the white wine's chill.
- Sparkling wine will lose its carbonation if it gets exposed to too much oxygen. A tall narrow flute can help preserve the fun little bubbles for as long as possible.
- Depending on your personal preferences, you may opt to use a stemmed or stemless glass when drinking wine. However, the temperature of the wine can increase faster when using a stemless glass. This is because your hand is directly holding the bowl.
- The thickness of your wine glass's rim can also affect how the wine will taste. If you want the wine to flow smoothly to your tongue, use a glass with a more thinly cut rim. A thicker and more rolled rim can accentuate the harshness and acidity of the wine, as it inhibits the flow of the wine onto your tongue.
Serving and storing wine
Here are some tips for storing and serving wine.
- Temperature is the most important factor that can influence the quality of the stored wine. So make sure to store your wine at the correct temperature. The ideal temperature for most kinds of wine is 55ºF (13ºC). For specific wines, consult the manufacturer for temperature recommendations.
- Wines with corks should be stored horizontally in a wine holder. This position will ensure that the cork is kept moist, which is a crucial factor for long-term storage. When corks get dried out, it can cause seepage and even premature ageing.
- Keep your wine in the dark, as UV rays from direct sunlight can damage its aroma and flavour. Likewise, vibration can disturb the delicate ageing process of the wine.
- Extreme humidity in your wine storage area can affect the wine's longevity. Higher levels of humidity can cause the labels of the wine to peel off, losing its aesthetic appeal. Lower levels of humidity, on the other hand, will cause the corks to dry out.
- Keep your wine in a storage space that is consistently dark, moist, and cool. A fridge made specifically for wines is the best choice.
- Before serving the wine, wait for it to reach the proper serving temperature, which is somewhere between 58 and 65˚F (12-19˚C). When it has reached its most ideal serving temperature, you can pair and enjoy it with your favorite snacks.
- When properly stored, an opened bottle of wine can last between 3-5 days. Make sure to recork the wine as promptly and tightly as you can to help retain the wine's original qualities for as long as possible.
Now that you know the basics of wines, you'll be drinking like a pro from now on. It's the perfect companion while you're working, and you’ll know exactly what sort of wine to look for when traveling as well.