Wine is more than just a drink; it’s a lifestyle, a survey into history, a gastronomic adventure, a study in farming and a way to explore different cultures. But with so many different angles to approach wine, how do you get started?
Fortunately, there are only a few basic techniques to learn as well as some common wine knowledge. With a little practice you will be over the hump of being a rudimentary wine ‘dabbler’ to becoming an upstanding wino, capable of ordering wine like a pro.
- Wine styles
- With over 1300 types of wine out there it’s better to start with just the basics. Discover the most popular high quality wine varieties – from Albariño to Zinfandel.
- Wine Glasses
- Which glass do you use for Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay?
- Calories in wine
- Even though alcoholic beverages aren’t required to list calories, that doesn’t mean they are calorie-free! Learn the calories of wine by style including common wines like Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Moscato.
- Wine and food pairing
- We’ve illustrated wine and food pairings before, but the method above will inspire wine pairing with common dishes you might enjoy at home.
- Common bottle shapes
- It doesn’t matter what type of bottle you use (unless it’s for sparkling), however there are some standards in the business. Did you know that Pinot Noir, Syrah and Grenache are almost always bottled in a more feminine style low-shoulder bottle? Also, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are nearly always bottled in a masculine high-shoulder bottle. These facts can help you identify what’s inside the bottle when the variety is not listed.
- Common flavors in red and white wine
- After you get past the ‘wine taste’, what else do you smell or taste in the glass? A handy list of common wine flavors may help you fill in the blank.
- Guide to Wine For Beginners (Infographic) (podilatokafe.wordpress.com)
- How to Host a Wine Tasting Party (williams-sonoma.com)
- Cheap Wine Friday: Two Buck Chuck Showdown (fatwallet.com)
- 5 Tips For Pairing Food And Wine (mademan.com)
- Wine and Food Pairings For Dummies: 5 Rules You Need To To Know (thevivant.com)