How Not to Drink Wine Like an Amateur
So often in casual company you’ll see someone pour themselves a glass of wine, swirl it around, sniff it and then take a drink. People who truly appreciate wine and know how to drink it will notice any number of discrepancies in the aforementioned ritual, for example:
• The wine dripped because the pourer didn’t perform the last, second twist of the bottle while pouring.
• The drinker gulped down the wine without sipping and swirling it in their mouth.
• The drinker did swirl and sip the wine but it was obvious they didn’t know why they’re swirling it or what they’re sniffing for.
Here are a few tips on how to drink wine like a connoisseur.
Drinking Wine with Fruits and Vegetables
What? Wine is meant to be ingested with fine foods other than steak? Who in their right mind would drink wine with fruits and vegetables? The answer: People who know which fruits and vegetables work well with which wine, that’s who.
Some foods can diminish the taste of the wine. Knowing which items to mix and match with wine, and why they go well together, can enhance the dining experience. When eating fruit, you want to make sure that the wine is sweeter than the fruit that you’re eating. Also mind acidity. This applies to both fruits and vegetables. The wine should have more acidity than both of those. Bitter tasting vegetables often go better with white wine than with red.
The Art of the Swirl
Don’t swirl the wine just to look fancy. Do it because you want to release the scent for that all-important aroma that enhances the experience. A step that is often overlooked by amateurs is to follow the swirl by holding the glass up and admiring the colour of the wine. Most people overlook the subtle differences in colour tone produced by different kinds of wine.
Smelling and Tasting
This one might take some practice and the help of a professional to master. A gentle sniff, followed a few moments later by a sip and a taste, allows you to decipher exactly what the wine is made of and how. Being able to accurately identify the type of grapes or wooden barrel the wine was aged in will certainly impress those around you.