How to choose the right wine
Good morning everyone, today at Venerable Capital, specialists in the marketing and distribution of alcohol and tobacco, we bring you a blog on how to choose the right wine.
Wine is an alcoholic drink produced by the fermentation of grape juice. Its consumption has always been related to well-being and celebration in different cultures and civilizations throughout history.
In addition to being a delicious beverage, wine can also have health benefits in moderate amounts. It has been shown that drinking red wine in particular can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, thanks to the antioxidants it contains. However, it is important to remember that excessive alcohol consumption can have negative health effects and should always be drunk in moderation. Enjoying a good glass of wine with friends and family can be a pleasant and enriching experience, but it is always important to do so responsibly.
The wine market is so wide that the choice will depend on the experience and knowledge that you acquire as a consumer. Training your palate will allow you to recognize the quality of each wine you taste, because wine is not only drunk, but also lived and felt.
Many people believe that if a bottle is more expensive, the quality will be better. But the truth is that there are many excellent wines available at a very good price. To know how to choose the best wines, it is necessary to take into account the types, preferences and some considerations that we will make below.
Types of wine and wine pairing
There are multiple brands and varieties of wine, which are generally classified into red, white, rosé, sparkling and fortified wines. The main rule is to look for and get a wine that you like and buy it, always with the intention of trying more wines that provide new sensory experiences.
The tasting of a good wine, most of the times is associated to the connection that exists with the different dishes and types of food. This experience is known as pairing. So we will present the main types and recommendations to accompany meals.
To enjoy wine even more, it is important to take into account some details such as the serving temperature and the type of glass used. In general, red wines are served at a slightly cool temperature, between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius, while white and rosé wines are preferred cooler, between 8 and 12 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, the shape of the glass influences the perception of the taste and aroma of the wine, so it is advisable to use appropriate glasses for each type of wine. In this way, the sensory experience offered by wine can be enjoyed to the fullest.
Red, rosé and white wine
Red wine is made from red grapes, its intense color is due to the skins (skin of the fruit), which give it its own acidity between sour and sweet. It can be consumed alone. But is an excellent accompaniment to red meats, seafood, cheeses and vegetables.
White wine is obtained from the must of white grapes and red grapes, which have no color in their pulp and are not macerated, giving it the typical transparent yellow color. It is recommended to be consumed with chicken, fish, pasta and seafood.
Rosé wine is a red wine of little maceration of black and white grapes. The intensity of the pink color depends on the maceration time with very light and fresh flavors. It usually accompanies rice, pasta, fish and salads
Sparkling and fortified wine
Sparkling wine is a fusion of several ordinary wines such as red, rosé or white, in which carbon dioxide gas has been added naturally in the closed bottle, giving it its sparkling and bubbly appearance when opened. Its versatility makes it suitable for pairing with rice, seafood, fish, white meats, pasta and desserts.
With the fortification of young wines and the addition of wine alcohol, a generous wine is obtained, its alcohol content is very high, in the order of 15° to 25°, being a little more than double that of the base wine. It can be used to accompany many dishes, but it is the preferred wine for desserts and dried fruits.
Analyze the wine’s personality
The aroma, tone and body of the wine are signs of the quality and condition of the product. Brightness and intensity of the color in reddish wines and the transparency, golden tones and vivacity in clear wines are taken into account.
In addition, the aroma of the wine is a very important aspect to consider. It can be fruity, floral, spicy or earthy, and can vary depending on the grape variety used, the winemaking process and the age of the wine. The right time to serve the wine is also important, as the wrong temperature can affect its flavor and aroma. Therefore, it is essential to know the characteristics of each type of wine and how to serve it correctly to enjoy a satisfactory tasting experience.
The body of a wine is established by its alcoholic content. The lightest wines will have a maximum of 10.5°, medium-bodied wines are located at this level and between 12.5° and finally, those that exceed this alcoholic content are full-bodied wines.
Color of wine
The color is fundamental when choosing a good wine and is determined by the grape variety, the process and the place of elaboration. Checking the color can be decisive in choosing a wine to have an idea of the intensity of its flavor.
The color of the wine is produced by the type of grape used to make it and the maceration time used. For example, in red wines, the skin is dark and the maceration is longer. In the case of rosé wines the maceration time is shorter and in white wines, white or green grapes are used.
In addition, the color of the wine can give us clues about its age and evolution. Young wines tend to have brighter and more vivid tones, while more mature and aged wines may have darker and brick-red tones. It is important to keep in mind that the color of the wine is not indicative of its quality, but it can be an important factor in choosing a good wine that suits our tastes and needs.
The taste of wine
For the enjoyment of good wine, all the senses are used. But the most important is the taste because it will allow to establish the balance between food and its flavor. The main sensations perceived through wine are acid, bitter, sweet and spicy.
Good wines present a balance between alcohol, tannin and acidity that can be better appreciated if tasted in small sips. The sensation it will leave in your mouth will indicate if you are in the presence of a quality beverage.
Another important aspect to enjoy a good wine is the temperature at which it is served. The appropriate temperature may vary depending on the type of wine, but in general, white wines are served cooler than reds. A wine that is too cold can numb the taste buds and make the flavor less perceptible, while one that is too warm can become heavy and difficult to drink. Therefore, it is essential to pay attention to temperature and serve wine at the optimal temperature to enjoy its full flavor and aroma.
Check the labels
Labels always provide important information about the nuances of the wine, which can help you choose the right wine, according to the grape variety, spices, barrel flavor and herbs.
You will be able to learn about the main characteristics of the wine you are going to choose, such as the brand, name of the winery, winemaking process, alcohol percentage and types of grapes used. On the back label, you will be able to appreciate the history of the winery, pairing information and the logo of its appellation of origin.
How to choose the right wine? It is necessary to take into account the types of wine and its pairing, personality, body, flavor and alcohol content. The variety of brands, labels and prices should not be a problem. The important thing is to discover the satisfaction that wines offer you and enjoy them to the fullest.
Anyway, one of the things that will help you to choose a good wine to make it clearer, is to rely on the opinions of other people or your friends who have experienced a particular tasting and give you their opinion, then you will decide whether to try it or not.
On the other hand, wine specialists will be able to advise you in a better way, with specialized information about the recommendations of the best wines, the different proposals of the market according to the occasion or for you to show off with your family and friends when accompanying a meal.
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