Everyone loves to come home after a long day, get into comfy clothes, put their feet up, and relax. Nothing sounds better right? How about adding a glass of wine to the mix? Whether you’re spending the night on your couch or going out on the town, there’s wine for every occasion. Some people will buy wine because of the name on the label or the price on the tag without even considering how it tastes. Picking out the right bottle for you is crucial to enjoying and savoring every last drop.
As most people know, wine is made with grapes and picking out the right wine grape for your tastebuds can be tough considering there are over 1000. Luckily, there are 8 common types of wine all over the world:
- Pinot Gris
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinot Noir
- Cabernet Sauvignon
Although choosing from this list may seem easy, there is still the matter of taste between them all. You have to distinguish whether you like whites or reds, light or bold, earthy or fruity.
The back of a bottle can make the decision for you. Although the front label might look fancy and expensive, the back label holds the clues. Sometimes it’ll show the fruits, flavors, aging process, importers and the region it came from. Some bottles will even have display awards or reviews, marking it a good buy.
You need to keep in mind what you’re eating with the wine. One of the most important rules about pairing wine with food is light wines go with lighter foods (fish and chicken) and fuller wines with bolder foods (beef and pasta sauces). If you’re eating something spicy, sweeter wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and Reisling are the way to go.
The year of the wine is also a crucial determinator. Age isn’t everything when it comes to wine. Despite common misconceptions, not all wines improve with age. Wineries consider the age when putting them on display and most wineries won’t release their reds until the bottles have aged for two years. The term “vintage” only applies to the year in which the wine was produced. The vintage of the wine is affected not by time progression but also by weather conditions affecting grapes quality.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing a wine, it’s all subjective to taste. The best kind of wine is the wine that you like. Stick with it if you find one that exhilarates the taste buds.