Do you feel intimidated when you need to buy wine? Do you understand what chardonnay is versus a blush wine? If picking wines makes your head spin, perhaps you simply need some additional knowledge. These tips will help you become an expert when it comes to wine.
Make sure that you have reservations if you plan to go wine tasting. Don’t assume that public events are first come, first served. You might be turned away from the event without a reservation. A great tip for all people interested in wine is to understand how to take off the label from a bottle. A simple approach is to set the wine bottle in a hot oven and, using oven mitts, begin at the corner to peel back the label. Champagne and sparkling wines should be served when they are very cold. A white wine served at a different temperature will not expose the flavors that you deserve to experience. Before you drink your champagne, be sure to chill it in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Many people have their opinions about which wine is best, but the only opinion that matters is yours. If a wine appeals to your palate, then it is automatically good. That is the golden rule of choosing wine. Your palate is your own and will be best served with wines that you find appealing. The upshot here is that if your friends don’t like your favorite, you can save more for yourself!
Vintage means that it is the year the grapes were harvested, not when the wine was actually made. Grapes that were harvested in 1988 would be made into a 1988 wine. The wine is fermented to give it the taste that you get in the end product. The wine probably didn’t hit store shelves until a year or so later.
Carry around a notepad to keep track of all of the wine varieties you try. This can help you to figure out exactly what kinds of tastes you like. That will allow you to select wines that you will like a lot more easily. A pencil and pad should be carried as well for ideas.