What’s the (Wine) World Coming To?

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

Grape wineWhat? 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.

 

The Significance of Wines that Win Medals

Wine Tasting

Not all wines are created equal. There are some excellent vintages that seem heavenly, and there are others that you might be embarrassed to put on your dinner table. And there are many varieties in between. Unless you are well versed in the aromas and fragrances expected from each fine wine, it can be quite complicated to narrow down your selection. If you are buying for investment rather than for your own table, it can be even riskier. Besides wine merchants to help you make that choice, you can also take a look at the winners of important wine competitions.

International Wine Competitions

A wine competition is a great way to become acquainted with new wines and to see how the experts rate them. Some of the large wine competitions insist on blind tasting, where the name of the wine and the location of its production is withheld. Others wine tastings might give the panel of judges a clue about the region or origins of the wine they are critiquing.

Choosing a Winner

Whatever the protocol, pay close attention to the winners of the competition. At the end of the day, when the tasting is finished and the votes are tallied, you will know which wines were deemed as excellent choices by the professionals in the wine industry. By looking at the lists and scores, you will be privy to not only their favorite wine choices, but also the winery that produced them. If you are in the market to make a purchase, you should feel confident in choosing any one of the medal winning wines.

From a different angle, if you happen to own a few cases of wine that the critics positively reviewed, or was deemed worthy of a medal, you can expect peeked interest in your stock. Sell now for a nice profit on your investment or wait until demand outweighs available stock.