Know Your Wine
If you’re actually new to wine, you might be daunted by the many options available to you. How do you sort through the tens of thousands of wines available? To begin with, how do you know what kind of wine to try? So that you’re not overwhelmed the next time you find yourself in the wine aisle, this article will help you learn about the many varieties of natural wine.
Back to the Roots:
To begin, what is wine? Wine is just the juice of a wine grape that has been fermented. Being small, sweet, thick-skinned, and full of seeds, a wine grape is a long cry from the average grape you find in a grocery store. White grapes (green) and black grapes are the two varieties of grapes used to make wine (red-coloured). Hundreds of varieties of grapes and their mixes are used to produce thousands of wine varietals. The wine location, tannins, sweetness, acidity, body, flavours, etc., all impact a wine’s personality, but this article won’t get into the intricacies of those elements just yet. As an alternative, stick to the basics and look at the six most common varieties of natural wine:
Wines made from red grapes include:
Black grapes are fermented with the grapes’ skins, seeds, and stems to produce red wine. Tannins, found in high concentrations in red wine, are responsible for the wine’s bitter aftertaste. The following are a few of the famous starters: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chianti, and Beaujolais. They are just a few of the many varieties of wine that can be found across the world.
Pairings of Food: Red wine goes well with heavy foods like BBQ ribs, burgers, steak, pasta, and pizza. It’s ideal for drinking red wine at room temperature or slightly below. Red wine’s tannins turn harsh when it is chilled, which is why it tastes so bad. The more tannins a wine possesses, the darker and newer it is. Avoid the bitterness and dryness found in younger wines by opting for an older vintage instead.
Wines of the White Variety
Both white and black grapes are actually used to make white wines. On the other hand, white wine is not fermented with grape skins like red wine. Instead, the skins are removed, and the clear juice is utilised. In contrast to the tannins, the acidity of white wine highlights the wine’s fresh, crisp, and tart flavours. The following are a few favourite starters: chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and riesling.
Pairings of Food: In general, white wine is best paired with lighter foods such as fowl or fish and other seafood; curries; tacos; cheese; salad; popcorn and chips; To bring out the flavours of white wine, chill it beforehand.
Third, rosé wines are available.
In the wine world, the term “rosé” refers to pink coloured wine. Fermentation takes any time between a few hours to a few days, depending on how long the juice is fermented with the skins of black grapes. It has fewer tannins than white wine, yet some rosés can be dry. With its gentle sweetness and ability to delight a wide range of palates, rosé wine is a popular option for summer get-togethers and a terrific beginning wine. Rosé pairs well with light entrees and snacks like chicken, fish, fruit, chips & salsa, cheese, etc. For those who don’t know, it is a prevalent misperception that red and white wines are combined to make rosé, but it is absolutely untrue.
Wines with a Prosecco-like Fizz
The term “bubbly” refers to sparkling wines because they are carbonated. There are two types of grapes used to make sparkling wine: black grapes and white grapes. Champagne, the most famous sparkling wine, is commonly served at New Year’s Eve parties and weddings. A few favourite starters include champagne with light meals such as soft cheeses, shellfish, salad, fresh fruit, and popcorn. Isn’t it strange that a glass of champagne is usually tall and thin? This is because these glasses aid in preserving the wine’s temperature and bubbles.
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