Many people love to have a glass of wine with their meal. There are many different varieties of wine from red to white and everything inbetween, and each can really enhance the food you are eating. This article will help you to discover different wine types, and which foods taste the best with them.
When buying wine, do not make the mistake of believing a wine has to be expensive to be tasty. There are many wines out there that taste great and are reasonably priced. If you are not sure you like a particular variety of wine, it is a good idea to try an inexpensive bottle.
Leftover wine should not be saved for any more than four days. When wine comes in contact with oxygen, it starts to break down. This greatly effects the taste and balance. It is best to use any wine you have leftover for cooking instead of drinking it as it is.
If you want to keep wine for long periods of time, you should consider investing in a wine refrigerator. Even if you have a dry and cool basement you can use, temperature will still vary slightly from one season to the next. The wine you store will keep its flavors if it remains at the exact same temperature.
Take a blind taste test of a few wines. Judge them on flavor, scent and boldness. Ignore the most sought after qualities like price or the winery's region. Tasting blindly is a great way to get your honest opinion on the wine itself, without getting tricked by the hype that sometimes goes into certain varieties.
A decanter can be a useful product to have. If you have not been able to get one, or if you do not like them because of the time involved in using them, think about getting an aerator instead. They fulfill similar functions, and they are often easier to use.
If you find a wine, you enjoy a lot, consider buying a case or two of it. A case of wine is almost always less expensive per bottle than buying each bottle individually. You can keep the wine for yourself and enjoy it on a regular basis, or you can have it on hand to give as gifts.
If you're getting headaches because your drinking wine with every meal, cut down on your consumption. Wine contains sulfites, and sulfates encourage headaches. Therefore, if you get these headaches, it is best to drink in moderation.
Don't be afraid to try new wines. Tasting a wine you've never tried can teach you more about its country of origin, and about wine in general. Try one that is recommended from a shop person, try a new region or try one based on the talking card next to a bottle on the shelf. This is the best way to find a new delicious wine.
Many varieties of wines go well with different desserts. Choose a sweeter wine for serving with dessert. Port wines are great for drinking along with your desserts and chocolates. They are best served at around 55 degrees.
If you are out on a date or with someone you want to impress, do not order a wine that you have not had before. Try to order wine that you are familiar with, or know that you like. Be adventurous in your own time, when you are not out in public.
The body of a wine is a great way to pair it with a dish. The "body" of a wine refers to how substantial the wine is. It often also correlates with the alcohol content, with fuller-bodied wine containing more alcohol than a lighter wine. Heavier dishes should be paired with a full-bodied wine, as a lighter wine runs the risk of tasting watery when paired with something like a hearty steak.
If you are out, engage in dialogue with the steward about the types of wine that you like, what you are willing to spend and how adventurous you are on that night. You will be surprised how close they get to the exact wine that you want at that given time.
Varietal wines are created from a single type (varietal) of grape. Included in these are Pinot Noir varieties and Syrah. A wine needs at least 90% from a single varietal's juice to be this. 10 percent can be other grapes, which give the wine its unique characteristics.
When you first get a glass of wine, look at its color. This will tell you all about what the wine will taste like. Aged white wine gets darker and stronger. Aged red wine actually fades in color. How the wine has been aged and which grapes were used will also affect the color.
Keep your nose two or three inches away from the glass when you sniff it. People stick their nose right into the glass and miss to many of the great aromas of the wine. When the wine smells bad, it has turned and should be dumped down the sink without drinking.
If you're about to drink a very young red wine, a recent vintage, hold the stem of the glass and swirl it around. This lets all the flavors, and aromas come out of the wine while oxygen is introduced to the wine itself. This softens the tannins and makes for a great drink.
While many people think a small glass is best for wine, the truth is the bigger the better. Swirling your wine becomes easier at this size. You also want to be sure your glass is as clear and thin as possible. It should have a curved top and a long stem.
Don't buy expensive wine just because you think it is better. That is not always the case. There are a number of very good wines that won't set you back a large amount, and there are even a few cheap wines that are far superior to the pricey stuff. Try wines in different price ranges so that you can discover what you like best.
With these tips in your mind, you are going to be better equipped when you are standing looking at the shelves of wine in a store. You can make finest choices, and perhaps you can even find a wine that becomes your new favorite. Use the information here to help you.