Basic Wine Tasting Etiquette – Part 1

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Basic Wine Tasting Etiquette

How much do you know about wine? Do you want to learn more? Perhaps you are interested in impressing friends and family. Maybe you need it to perfect a recipe. No matter what it is, read on to discover what you must know to make the night the best.
 
Enjoy a wine tasting today. These events can be a lot of fun and can expand your horizons in your wine experience. You can even turn it into a social occasion. Find some other people that like wine too. Wine can help solidify the friendship and introduce new acquaintances to a world of flavor and delight.
 
Inexpensive wine can be good at times. Chilean wines taste great and are more affordable than wines from other places in the world. Quite a few are pretty cheap! Their Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc are excellent choices. Other international favorites include labels from New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa.
 
If you want your wine to taste the best, make sure the temperature is right. Red wines should be served at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The wine will warm up in the glass, and you should pour into the glass at about 58 degrees. White wines are best served at 47 degrees. Too much warmth can give white wines a dull taste.
 
Get a screw top bottle if buying wine for tailgating. Screw tops will allow you easy access to the wine without having to keep track of a wine opener. These tops can also reseal the bottle after being removed, allowing a fresh tasting days later.
 
Be skeptical about wine gurus and their advice, but give their thoughts some consideration as well. The best wine critics are willing to admit their mistakes. Remember that no two people share the exact same tastes, regardless of expertise–or lack thereof. So, never take an expert’s word on a wine over your own taste.
 
Consume white wines that are young and in their first couple of years. Chardonnay, is a notable exception to this rule. This is due to the fact that oak isn’t usually used when making white tines. Dark wines and some varieties may be exempt.
 
Cook with wine if you want to maximize its usage. Putting a bit of red wine in with your steak is a great idea. You can also include white wine with your seafood dishes. Adding a splash of wine while you cook can boost the flavor of your dish.
 
As you taste wine, try to isolate each aroma and flavor. In some wines, you’ll likely recognize certain fruit or floral aromas. You may also taste sweet caramel or smoky flavors. Learn about these aromas to make it easier to know which is which.
 
Red wine and white wine are different when it comes to the temperature that they are best served at. Reds should usually be ten to fifteen degrees warmer than whites. An effective wine chilling method is storing it in your fridge and then sitting it out for a few moments in room temperature conditions. Red wine should be targeted at around 60 degrees, and white wine’s target is about 45 degrees.

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