The Beginner’s Guide to Drinking Wine

Whether you’re a newbie to the wine scene, or you’ve been drinking wine for a while, there are many useful resources to make up for the knowledge that you’re yet to obtain when starting to drink wine.

The first thing you must know is the basics. The bigger the grape, the crunchier it tends to be, as well as sweeter on the inside. It is due to the grape reaching its full potential and loses its seeds. These grapes are generally not used for making wine and are used as table grapes. Smaller grapes don’t have at least two seeds each, as well as thicker skin. They are also a lot thicker and sweeter than bigger grapes. These are the ones that are used to blend wine.

Even though most wines are made with grapes, they’re not quite the processed versions you find in a grocery store. With a variety of 1,300 different wine grapes that are used for commercial production all over the world’s vineyards, the wine industry has expanded over the years, especially because farmers are now cultivating and blending different grapes, to create an even wider variety of wines.

If your wondering which of these 1,300 different grapes are considered the most popular, the answer is the Cabernet Sauvignon

Developing a Sense of Taste for Wine

If you’re only starting out drinking wine, most people might tell you to choose the Rose to start with. That’s just because it is one of the sweetest wines, which means it is the best to start with

It is because wine generally tends to have an acquired taste and takes some time to get used to. After trying the Rose for a while, as well as different versions thereof, you can move on to the merlot and progress to darker versions of red. What you’ll find is, that you’ll ultimately end up drinking am Pinot Noir/ Pinotage depending on your preference of light to dark and then, when you’re used to a more bitter taste, the Shiraz, which is the deepest version of red grape.

When it comes to starting out with the white wine, you should start with a sweet white, which is the Chenin or Chardonnay and then move onto the dry white, which is you, Sauvignon Blanc.

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White Wine:

Generally speaking, goes well with seafood, chicken, turkey, Chinese food and sometimes pork. They range in style from very dry to sweet and are usually not aged in wood barrels to preserve freshness and taste.

Red Wine:

Again, generally speaking, goes well with red meats such as beef, roasts and filets, lamb, duck, veal, pastas and sausages. These wines tend to be more dry and are slightly more acidic. Red wines are commonly aged in wood for a complex, deep flavor; or are produced with a light, fruity flavor. Pure grape juice being naturally clear, red wines gain their color from the skin of the grapes.

Sparkling Wine:

Modeled after Champagne, sparkling wines are made around the world. The best of them use the same method, with a second fermentation occurring in the bottle. Good sparklers come from other parts of France, Italy, Spain, Australia and California. These wines are crisp, lively, and full of apple and yeasty bread scents.

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