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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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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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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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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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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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The 4 Basics of Wine Storage

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Ah, wine: nectar of the gods, agent of honesty, and reliever of workday stress. Whether you’re drinking a rare vintage or filling your tumbler from a cardboard box, vino works the magic that we all need once in a while.

Drinking wine shortly after purchasing is easy enough, but if you’re planning on holding off for a while, there are some rules you have to follow so that your godly nectar doesn’t spoil. If you’re a serious collector, or just someone saving a bottle for that big life event years down the road, here are some basics of wine storage.

Control the Temperature

Temperature is a key factor in the aging process. If you keep wine in a climate over 70 degrees, the heat will ruin the works...

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Wine Temperature Basics

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What is the best wine temperature to serve and store your favorite wines? I have been asked this question many times. Trying to be responsive to Blog readers and business clients, I embarked on what turned to be a two-day research project. What I found is hundreds and hundreds of websites that present information on wine storage and serving temperatures. As you can imagine, the opinions about temperature facts were all over the board.

Keeping your wine at the correct temperature is critical to maximizing its value and taste. Wines kept at too high of a temperature will age faster than desired. Wine stored at too cold of a temperature can develop deposits or other sediments in it. Each type of wine has its own desirable storage temperature range...

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Wine Cellar Accessories For All

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If you enjoy drinking fine  wine  and even are a  wine  collector of sorts, then having a nice old cellar in your home makes for a sensible investment. You can use the basement area in your house to create a room. However such a good space also entails the need of  wine  cellar  accessories  which are readily available today.

If you do not have a basement then you can dedicate an entire room or small store room adjacent to your kitchen for the huge collection of fine  wine  you have. If you want to go for a  wine  cellar then there are some basic  accessories  which you will need to know about. It has to be cold, dark and humid to give those expensive bottles of  wine  the perfect storage environment.

 Wines  require a specific temperature to be stored in.  Wines  also...

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Wine Accessories Gifts

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Just as you need more than food to enjoy a meal, there are wine accessories that make wonderful gifts and make drinking wine more pleasurable. Wines come in many varieties with different characteristics that are best enjoyed with the proper glassware. A set of these essentials is a good place to start your quest for the perfect gift.

To enjoy wine to its fullest extent, the shape of the glass plays a very important role; helping to aerate and concentrate the aroma of the wine. The wine glass you choose should have an adequate stem length for proper handling. Although it is quite common for wine to be served in a wine tumbler or to see people hold the bowl of a wine glass, they forget that wine needs to “breathe” and the heat of the hand can affect the taste of the wine.

Many people shy aw...

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