Getting Back to Basics in Understanding Wine Taste

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Understanding the basics of wine and the tastes associated comes down to much more than just the name of the fruit. Isolating and identifying the basic components of wine allows you to know immediately what you will enjoy, instead of randomly selecting wines based on generic fruit names. This article looks at some important terms to understand so you can easily choose wine like an expert.

Balance, Tannins, And Woody Flavors

Whether red or white, balance is the single most important word when it comes to describing a wine. Balance indicates the balance of fruit, alcohol, and acid in a wine. In the case of red wine, two additional components are important, tannins and (if aged in oak barrels) woody flavors...

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Wine Serving Temperatures

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In general you should really serve wine at a no more than the 650F mark. Anything more than that will make the wine taste different. But that’s only in general. Ideally each wine or wine type has a certain wine serving temperatures at which it’s best served and these are what you should be aiming for.

Unfortunately we can’t always hit this mark, so the best advice I can offer you is not to let it go beyond 65 degrees fahrenheit . To ensure this you can always chill the wine beforehand, and if you need to, bring the temperature of it up to the right level before you serve it by leaving out to warm.

The guide I have given in this article is just a small one and by no means contains all the wines or the temperatures needed. These are also only guidelines and to be used as such...

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Basics for Pairing Food With Wine

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When we choose a wine that we typically want with our meal, the pairing of food with wine, most of the time we just make an educated guess on what we think will work with the food we have prepared. We know what seemed to have worked in the past so we might go that route. Or if we’re in a restaurant and we are having a special meal, we might ask the waiter or the sommelier for a suggestion. It can seem quite complex, but even the experts go back to three  basics : acidity, body and flavor, with acidity the most important when pairing food.

In the long run what we are trying to accomplish when we pair food and wine is to create combinations complementing each other. The food should enhance the flavor of the wine, and likewise the wine should complement the flavor of the food...

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The Difference Between Dry and Sweet Wines

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Taking a trip to the wine store for the first time can be quite a challenge; you will see different kinds of wine in various colours and names. Most of the time, the labels would indicate dry wine or sweet wine.
So, how do you know the difference between a sweet wine and a dry one enough to make a suitable decision?

Basically, a wine that is not sugary is described as a dry wine, needless to say, dry wine is on the extreme opposite of a sweet wine. It goes like a sweetness spectrum that runs from dry, off-dry, medium dry, medium, medium sweet, to sweet. This criterion is more precisely determined through the LCBO Sugar Code that measures the amount of residual sugar on the wines. The rates go from 0 to 30 with the former indicating very dry while the latter indicating very sweet and the ra...

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Wine Words to Learn

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Even if you have blissfully enjoyed  wine  for years without learning the vocabulary and tasting techniques boasted by oenophiles, you can very easily enhance your  wine  experience with a little knowledge. By learning the words associated with  wine , you will be able to more accurately choose new  wines  that you will enjoy rather than haphazardly choosing things to try at random.

Bouquet and aroma are simply  wine  speak for how it smells. Before tasting  wine , smell it. See if you can distinguish the aroma of the fruit, a spice or maybe even the oak barrel. A major part of  wine  enjoyment derives from the smell of it. To enhance the aroma before you taste it, swirl the  wine  in your glass to let it breathe more...

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Champagne Gifts: The Great Champagne Names

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Though the name champagne already connotes prestige in itself, in giving champagne gifts, it is also a must to know the brands or houses from which your champagne came from. Here’s a list of some of the popular champagne brands or houses that grace lovely champagne gift baskets the world over.

  1. Moet et Chandon’s Dom Perignon – This champagne has been hailed the King of all Champagnes. It is a cuvee de prestige, which is defined to be a proprietary blend of top calibre for a house. To receive this as a champagne gift is truly an honour in itself worth celebrating.
  2. Louis Roederer’s Cristal – This champagne is quite a connoisseur’s delight with its refined richness and depth. Also a cuvee de prestige, Cristal was once only offered for the consumption of the Russian Tsar until it w...
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Proper Wine Serving Basics

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Proper wine serving begins at the bottle. The first question we must ask is: Does the wine need to be decanted? That is, does it need to be poured from the bottle into a decanter? A decanter is basically a carafe or other container large enough to hold the bottle’s contents? There are two basics reasons why you would answer yes.

The first reason is to let the wine breathe. Often young, tannic red wines (and some full bodied dry whites) benefit from the aeration that decanting provides. The air combines with the wine to release the wine’s flavors and aromas and soften the tannins. Generally speaking, an hour is long enough

The second reason to decant is to remove sediment from vintage Ports and older reds...

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Red Wines For Summer

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When you think of a bottle of red wine you often think of Christmas or wintertime.  Great with cooked meats and comfort food it is often not seen as a wine for the summer.

However when you think about the places that produce red wines they are mainly places which have a lot of sunshine over the summer months.  The people who live in these regions drink red wine all year round – so perhaps it is time to look at red wine through different eyes and think about how it can work as a summer drink.

The most obvious place for red wine is the barbecue.  A proliferation of grilled meats make red wine the obvious choice when choosing you barbecue drinks...

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Top Five Wine Accessories to Check Out

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So you want to purchase a bottle of wine for a gift. Do not just buy a bottle or two then wrap. Your gift should come with one or two wine accessories to make it more attractive. Anyway, you are giving this not to an ordinary person. This gift is for someone who has achieved so much in his life – your boss, your husband’s boss, or your boss’s husband. What are these wine accessories fit for a perfect personality?

Wine chiller

Wine chiller is the most common accessory for wine. They are a perfect pair because the chiller makes a wine taste better; thus, appreciated more. Choose between an ordinary and a personalized or unique wine chiller. Are you up for an electronic chiller or manual placing of ice cubes? Decide between a single and double wine chiller...

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Good Wine: Beaded Bubbles Winking at the Brim

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Wine, when it was only French, was a luxurious drink of the rich and the classy.  Wine, in its democratized forms, is now a luxury made available at every supermarket and has come a far way from its tradition of being produced in France and Germany.

Lately wine drinkers have the choice of selecting their bottle of wine produced in the vine yards of California, Chile, Australia and India, to name a few. Wine had always had a high brand image as a drink meant only for the aristocrats unlike beer, whiskey and brandy which is more associated the common man’s pub drink.

Complimenting this established popular perception, good French wine cost you the earth...

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