Wine can be confusing and intimidating, but...everyone has to start somewhere. Here you will find commonly discussed characteristics of different wines, that will allow you to start talking like the wine-o you are destine to be.
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What does it mean when people say dry wine? It's a liquid... how is it dry???
The terminology associated with wine is is something you will hear at any restaurant, or party you attend. To better understand the terminology, and to sound like a semi-pro wine enthusiast, refer to the picture on the right.
When pairing foods with wines, it is important to know which wine compliments each dish. For instance you would not want pair a Chardonnay & Chorizo, the spice in chorizo will overpower the flavors of the wine.
Some basic principles of wine and food pairing include,
Here are some great combos to prepare for your next dinner party;
To your left are the different choices of reds, whites, rosés, sparkling, and sweet wines. As you can see each wine is served in a different type of glass and has a different intensity of color. The glass you need also depends on the type of entertaining you plan to do. Tumblers (stemless wine glasses) are ideal for a outdoor or less formal setting. , For a more formal gatherings, you’ll want a bigger selection of stemware. Insisting on quality stemware isn't snobbery— it’s common sense. Understanding the different types of wine glasses and what makes them ideal for one type of wine over another is an essential key to extracting your wines full flavor potential. Combining the right glass with the right wine and the use of a decanter, you can make the most out of your wine selectinons.