Wine is a drink that is best to enjoy by following some guidelines. However, these guidelines can be a bit confusing. Of course, you can’t just pull the cork and drink the wine straight out of the bottle, like other drinks. That technology can leave a little to be desired when it comes to enjoyment. Following some guide to drinking wine more enjoyable.
Have you ever wanted a cold drink when you are thirsty? Most people automatically think that the cooler a drink is, the better it will taste. Well, that’s not the case with wine. Wine contains tannins, a natural substance found in grape skins. Some winemakers even add more to taste. As a rule of thumb, the darker the wine, the more tannins it contains. Tannins taste bitter when they are too cold. White wine and Champagne contain little or no tannins, as evidenced by the color, and can be cooled to preference. Red wine, on the other hand, is best at a temperature between 50 and 65 degrees, depending on your taste. Most of the red wine is good when it is cooled to a temperature of about 62 degrees.
How do you know when your wine has the right temperature? Well, you can use a winter meter that attaches to the bottle. If you do not have one of them, fifteen or twenty minutes in the refrigerator should cool your wine to good drinking temperature. Be careful not to make the wine too hot. A wine that is too hot doesn’t taste good either.
You probably have noticed different glasses available. They are made of different materials and come in an assortment of shapes and sizes. The large supply can be confusing, but there is a reason. Just as wine tastes better at the right temperature, it also tastes better from the ideal glass. Crystal wine glasses are the best. They should be lead-free, of course. It is not known why wine tastes better from crystal wine glasses. Perhaps it is the aesthetically pleasing beauty of the glass or perhaps there is a chemical reason. Whatever the reason, the wine tastes better in crystal glasses.
Why are there so many shapes and sizes? The answer is not just to confuse you. It also has to do with maximizing the taste. The shape of the glass determines where the wines will be delivered in the mouth. Meeting the right taste buds for different types of wines is the goal of different shaped glasses. For example, white wine can be enjoyed with oval shaped glasses. Red wines often have more aromas and are best to enjoy glasses that are rounded at the bottom with a narrow border to concentrate the aroma.
The wider base not only allows the wine to “breathe” but lets it be swirled to enjoy the color as well. Wine glasses should not be filled more than halfway to allow swirling. Dessert wines are the exception because they are often consumed in smaller quantities. Sparkling wines should come from a long, narrow glass to prevent the bubbles from escaping like a tulip-shaped glass or flute.