Wine is a complex thing. From tannins, to legs, to a whole bouquet of flavours, there’s plenty to know if you want to truly appreciate the differences between the wide variety of wines that are on offer for our tasting pleasure.
But where to start if you want to impress your friends who don’t know much about wine, or better yet, keep up with conversations amongst those who do?
Here are a few simple charts that’ll help you sound a little smarter when those mid-dinner wine convos pop up.
First things first: before you even taste the wine, there’s a lot to observe simply by looking at the wine’s colour (and we’re not just talking about determining if it’s red or white here). From age, to sweetness, to acidity and tannins, there’s plenty you can infer from looking at all the colours of the wine rainbow.
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Next up – apart from the drinking, one of the most important things you can do with your wine is to keep it at the correct temperature. This applies to both storing and serving your wine. Drinking your wine at the correct temperature is so important, in fact, that it’s the reason wine glasses have stems (if you were to hold it by the bowl, you would be warming the wine up from its desired temperature).
Use this guide to determine the perfect drinking temperature for wine, as well as the correct temperature to store your wine so you can serve it without compromising the flavour or aroma.
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Want to know more about serving wine? Here’s how to choose the right food to pair each type of wine with.
Timing is everything, and great wine is no exception. Here’s how to get the timing right for storing your wine – both before and after you open it.
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With all this information in your arsenal, there’s only one thing left to do – and that’s raise a glass to your newfound wine knowledge. After all, practice makes perfect – so a bit of tasting will go a long way to improving your wine expertise.