Wine is made with grapes, but they are different than what you’ll find at the grocery store. Wine grapes (the latin name is Vitis vinifera) are small, sweet, have thick skins, and contain seeds. There are over 1,300 identified, commercial wine grape varieties, but just about 150 of these varieties make up the majority of wine made in the world. These primer articles will give you a great overview of the scope of what wine is:
Wine is a peculiar beverage because even the shape of the glass will change the way it tastes. So, here are 7 things to know when it comes to serving wine.
Learning to taste wine will help you pick out flavors and also notice wine faults. The 4-step tasting method practiced by professionals all over the world.
Enjoy the guide above? Below are some additional articles that offer more information on handling wine like a pro.
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At its heart wine is a beverage best enjoyed in the company of others. A little bit of wine knowledge goes a long way by opening doors to new flavors and styles. Exploring wine is an inexhaustible adventure for which you’ll need to enlist your friends and family.
No one likes to go to the wine aisle and feel overwhelmed. Have you bought wine based on arbitrary ratings, ambiguous tasting notes, or the label? How would you like to walk in, confidently find your favorite wines, and leave 100% satisfied?
Tasting/smelling wine doesn’t have to be an exercise in snobbery. It only takes a brief pause to develop an awareness of what you’re drinking. Knowing what you like will make it much easier to consistently find similar wines. This isn’t limited to wine, learning a few basics can improve the taste/smell of just about anything.
The wine world is immense. We like to see this as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. Do you have a favorite sports team, fashion designer, tv chef, or movie director? What if I told you that there are celebrity winemakers and that if you found your favorite winery/winemaker you’d never have to drink bad wine again?
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