When it comes to the topic of wine, it seems like there is always something new to learn. From the different types of wine to the way wine grapes are grown and harvested, there is truly so much that goes into creating a bottle of wine. Whether you consider yourself something of a wine connoisseur or are just getting your feet wet, here are a few of the most important things to know about wine.
Drinking Wine is a Multisensory Experience
When drinking wine, it is important to not only pay attention to the way it tastes, but also the smell and mouthfeel. The aromas in a glass of wine can range from floral, citrus, fruity, and even earthy, and will typically give you a sneak peek into what the wine will taste like. The mouthfeel of a wine refers to the sensation you feel when the wine is in your mouth, whether it be silky, smooth, velvety, or rough. The next time you’re about to enjoy a glass of wine, be sure to keep these things in mind in order to make the most of the experience!
Choosing the Right Wine Glass
It may seem silly, but choosing the right glass can really have an impact on your experience when drinking wine. Certain wines are better served in certain glasses- for example, white wine is typically served in smaller bowled glasses, as they have been known to preserve floral aromas and maintain a cooler temperature, while bolder red wines are best enjoyed in larger glasses with a wide opening, as these types of glasses offer a smoother taste.
Because each type of wine is unique in its own way, the temperatures at which they should be served will vary. A good rule of thumb is that red wines should be served at room temperature, while white and sparkling wines should be enjoyed cold, preferably below 40 degrees fahrenheit. Additionally, pink and rose wines are best served slightly chilled.
Wine and Food Pairings
We’ve talked a lot about our favorite wine and food pairings, as well as some of the best cheeses to pair with certain types of wine. Depending on the occasion and the type of wine you’re drinking, there are certain foods that complement certain wines and can really bring out flavors you might not have otherwise noticed.
“When it comes to wine. Keep it fun,” says Steve Pollack, National Sales Director at Legacy in a Glass. “There are so many different varieties of grapes, different styles of wines from all over the globe, and also an abundance of information to help you along the way. Any question, we are here for you at Legacy in a Glass or firstname.lastname@example.org.”