Wine is not only a beverage; it is also a complex world. If you want to impress your friends, you need to know what you’re doing. Read on to learn some tips and pointers and to help you get started in the enjoyable world of the grape.
Use Windex against wine stains. It works way better than water and soap on a wine stain. Attack the stain as soon as you can, because if you wait too long, the stain will set in.
Your own individual taste is the most important factor as you select the wine you want to buy. You might be told that one wine is better than the one you like by a professional wine taster, but that won’t make it taste better. If a less expensive variety tickles your fancy, then choose that wine with glee! Your goal should be to find something you will like.
Serve wine at the proper temperature in order to coax the best flavor from each glass. Red wines are best when they are served at about 60 degrees. Chill your wine to 58 degrees first. With white wine, go further down to about 47 degrees. Too much warmth can give white wines a dull taste.
Most bottles you purchase will have warnings about the sulfite content. Every wine contains sulfites, but these days American distributors must warn about them on the label. Sulfites may cause rare allergic reactions. Try not to worry too much about them if you’ve never had a reaction before.
You should not drink reds and whites in the same glasses. White wines prefer a narrower wine glass, which prevents too much warm air from reaching the surface of the wine. Red wines are meant for the wider glasses. The rich flavors of red wines will awaken as the wine warms up to room temperature and is exposed to air.
While some types of wine get better with age, others behave quite differently. Keep this in mind before you prepare to stash a bottle away. Do some reading on the wine that you purchase and how long it can be stored. One tip is that Bordeaux wine will store and age very well.
Plan on visiting the area where your favorite wine is grown. If you want to develop a better appreciation of wine, seeing its beginnings is essential. This gives you the right knowledge to discern and explain wine to others. On top of that, the trip itself will be exquisite.
Do not let the complexity of the world of wine scare you. However, if you just take your time and learn some facts, it’s really not that difficult. Use what you’ve just learned, and share a great bottle of wine with a friend.