Sparkling wines are usually reserved for festive occasions. There’s no reason why it must be this way. Bubbly drinks can be enjoyed through a meal, and there are many reasons to try it.
Thanksgiving can be tough to pair foods and so many different taste choices with your wines. Here are some tips to make your family members happy before the tryptophan from the turkey kicks in.
The four methods for keeping an open bottle of wine from going bad are to keep it cool, keep it with less air, pump the air out of it, or use preserving gases.
Aging wine can be a bit of a balancing act. But if you can leave your precious little bottles quietly resting in your cellar long enough, you will be delighted to see how the wine evolves and which subtle flavors and aromas come out at the right moment.
So how do you know at what temperature a wine needs to be served? My philosophy is to keep it simple and do what works for you. There are some rules of thumb but you really don’t need to be too concerned about degrees and numbers.
People enjoy wine more when they think it is more expensive. As long as the wine is a good wine, most people can’t tell the difference between a $10 bottle, a $50 bottle, and a $150 bottle.
The wine list of a restaurant can give information about the quality of the wine program at the establishment. There are clues that can tell you which restaurants are good for exploring new wines and which you may want to avoid.
Ordering wine at a business meal can be a challenge. There are a few things you need to keep in mind but most of all keep it simple and middle of the road.
Port may be the most famous wine produced by Portugal, but it is in no way the only worthy wine. Notably, Madeira, another fortified wine like Port, is also from Portugal. Portugal also produces other varieties of red, white, and rose wines.
Rioja and Cava are popular exports from Spain but there is so much more that Spanish wines have to offer. Learn about the main regions and grapes of Spain and their designated marks of quality.