Choosing a wine When you look at the bottle of wine you can see a typical label. The label should list several things The grape variety The winery name The country of origin The year of bottling
Choosing a wine Some people choose a wine by the color. There are three colors to choose from White Red Rose/Blush
Choosing a wine Some people choose a wine by the grape variety. Each grape variety has a different taste. The grape variety gets its’ name from the original location where it was grown. If a wine grower moves the grape variety to a new place, it will still keep its’ original name. The original French Chardonnay Region The newer California Chardonnay Region
Choosing a wine Some people select a wine based on its age or maturity. This may not be necessary these days. Modern wineries can create good Weather can change the Corks are being made Young wines grape crop, making one year for 5 year wines better than another
Serving Wine Fill the glass 1/2 or 1/3 full. The empty part of the glass will capture the aroma. It’s important to enjoy the aroma as well as the taste of the wine
Serving Wine Holding the glass by the stem rather than by the bowl will keep the wine from heating up in your hands.
Serving Wine Red wine should be served at room temperature White wine and rose/blush should be served cold from the refrigerator
Wine tasting Cut the endotherm (plastic cover) off of the bottle with a knife or cutter. Open the bottle using a corkscrew. Do not shake the bottle or tip it upside down. Fill the glass 1/3 or 1/2 full.
Visual examination Examine the wine in a good light. A young white wine will have a tinge of green while a more mature white wine will be golden. A young red wine will appear more purple and a mature red wine will have a browner color
The Nose Gently swirl the glass to mix up the wine with the air. Inhale a couple of times What can you smell? Flowers, spices and fruit are just some of the possibilities
The Palette Check the texture. How does it feel going down your throat? Is it very sweet, slightly sweet, medium, slightly dry or very dry? Is there tannin? What flavors do you taste?
Wine Storage Keep your wine in a cool dark place. Lay it down on the side. Use a wine stopper to keep Wine fresh for one - two weeks.