Beginners Guide To Wine
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Whenever you choose a wine, there are several things that you should consider, such as the flavor of the wine, the smell of the wine, and the texture of the wine. Before you taste a wine, smell it. Whirl the glass with the wine a little before you smell the wine.
When you whirl the wine, the wine lets off its aromas in the air. According to the smell of the wine, you can determine the wine’s type.
For instance, the Domaine Capairou Viognier smells like exotic fruit; Tarapaca Cabernet Sauvignon tastes like menthol.
A wine made of grapes smells like grapes; it is as simple as that. Sauvignon Blanc smells like mowed grass. Cabernet Sauvignon smells like a flower or an herb. Sauternes smell like honey. Chardonnay smells like a caramel.
How to evaluate the texture of the wine
You need to pay attention to the texture of the wine. To evaluate the texture of the wine, fill one third of the glass, so you can have a better look of the wine. If you fill the glass with more than one third of the glass, you risk spilling the wine when you assess its texture.
When you assess the texture of the wine, take a close look at the color of the wine by looking down at the wine. By looking down at the glass, you get a clear view of the thickness of the wine.
Then, direct the glass to the light. Pay attention to the clearness of the wine. A good wine has a crystal clear color, and it has sparkles. A good white wine has a brown color or a combination of brown and yellow colors. A good red wine has an orange color or a color similar to an old brick. By looking at the color of the wine on the side, you can determine the age of the wine.
When the wine has the colors mentioned above, the wine is old. Avoid a wine, that is, too white and/or too watery since these are characteristics of a vapid wine. In the end, whirl the glass.
The wine that leaves more tears (some people call them legs) on the sides of the glass is a wine with higher levels of alcohol and more glycerin. This type of wine is tastier, thicker, and more pleasurable to the senses than other wines.
While the white wine becomes darker as it ages, the red wine becomes whiter with age. Although some wines get tastier as they age, not all wines become tastier over time. This is one common myth about wine.
The last step of assessing wine is to taste the wine. You want to play around with the wine in your mouth in order to get in touch with all the flavors of the wine. A wine that has one taste is considered as a simple wine; a wine with several flavors is considered a complex wine, such as sweet, salty, bitter taste, etc.
The more tastes the wine has; the better the wine is. Complex wines are generally considered as wines of higher quality.
The difference between vintage and non vintage wines
Vintage wines are produced of the grapes of the same year. Non vintage wines are produced from a combination of grapes from two to three years. Vintage wines are riped for three years, and vintage wines are the wines that have been produced in a year that is considered as one of the best years.
Vintage wines are of better quality; therefore, they are more expensive. 80% of the wine on the market is non vintage, yet there is high quality non vintage wine.
If you want a wine of the best quality, then buy a vintage wine, but don’t discard non vintage wines as there are excellent non vintage wines on the market. You can identify a vintage wine by the year of production. A non vintage wine doesn’t have a year of production, and vintage wines have a year of production on the label.
The difference between champagne and a sparkling wine
The champagne is the sparkling wine produced in the Champagne area of France. If the wine isn’t produced in France, then it is a sparkling wine. Only sparkling wines produced in France can be called Champagne.
How to read the label of the wine
Some wines have labels written in French, Italian, or German, so you might become confused about what each word of the label on the wine mean. By following these guidelines, you will know exactly what every word on the label means.
- The producer of the wine is usually written on the first line of the label.
- Under the name of the manufacturer, the label states the type of the wine.
- The region is written under the type of the wine.
- The year of production is stated below the region.
- Lastly the percentage of alcohol is stated at the bottom of the label.
The price of the wine
A more expensive wine is tastier than a cheap wine, but the most expensive wine doesn’t mean that is the best wine. You should choose a wine that has a reasonable price and a wine with several aromas. The taste improves with time on the more expensive wines. If you want to buy a cheap wine of high quality, cheap wines of high quality have a RM sign on the label.
You should prefer to drink wine from countries that have a long tradition of manufacturing wine, such as France, Italy, and Germany. You can differentiate a wine from a country that has been producing wine for years by the label. Countries with a long tradition of making wine keep the type of grapes; they use a secret.
3 Flaws of Bad Wine:
- Wine that smells like it has been brought to you from a basement full of mold.
- Wine that smells like burned wood.
- Wine that smells like vinegar.
Avoid these wines. If a wine has any of these flaws, return the wine and ask for a different wine.
If you still hungry for more wine knowledge, I would highly recommend “The World Atlas Of Wine” which you can find at Amazon.
Or check out: Common Types Of Wine