You do not know a thing about wine expect that they taste and feel good. Beyond that, you do not make an effort. No matter how many times you tasted it and in different variations, there are still a lot of things to know about it. You do not need to be an expert to know something. Sometimes it is always best to know beyond what is ordinary.
The truth is, knowing the nitty gritty of wines takes time but you will eventually get there if you know basic things about it. The wine expert is called Sommelier. You do not need to know everything and be an encyclopaedia of knowledge. Just don’t be clueless about it. Here’s what you need to know about wines:
When pairing wine with food
Wines are best when paired with food. You should know that every variety incorporates wide range of styles. For example, what works for cabernet sauvignon might not work for another. If you are not sure what wine to pair with food, there are safe bets. For example, chardonnay is the best bet for pasta and seafood. You can pair sauvignon blanc with white meat and goat cheese. Pinot Grigio is also safe for fresh vegetables and shellfish dishes.
Corks vs. crew caps
There is a difference between corks and crew caps. Basically, the difference is the amount of oxygen they permit into the wine. Corks are associated with expensive wine. Corks only allow small amount of oxygen during the aging process while caps do not. Many prefer screw caps because they are easily opened but it can be associated with cheap wines. No matter what you choose, the important thing is the taste and quality of the wine.
If you are a white wine fan, you wouldn’t hear tannins in most conversations. Tannins are famous for red wines. Tannins are plant polyphenols which are found in the skin of wind grapes. Tannins affect the texture and mouth feel of the wine. Tannins produce a drying effect and causing the mouth to crease.
Many believe that sulfites or sulphur dioxide are harmful to humans. This is the common misconception. Sulfites ascend during fermentation and all wines hold that. Some company add sulfites to preserve the wine’s freshness. You should know that it doesn’t affect people at all. So it is safe to drink it.
How long can it be kept in the fridge?
Well, it totally depends on the wine. If you open a bubbly, seal it and you can store it for another three days. For the corked wines, you can still consume it after five days. If you refrigerate it after first opening, you can still consume it couple of extra days.