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The Ultimate Guide to Wines that Everyone must know

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As a dapper man knowing your wine is essential although it doesn’t necessarily means it must be your alcoholic beverage of choice at all times or even the one you enjoy the most, but every dapper man knows the importance of having an extensive knowledge of wine to impress everyone as it is a valuable trait to have.

This fermented grape juice beverage is great to enjoy at small doses with dinner and to relax at the end of the day. Besides the several brands, manufacturers, and grape types, there are a lot more to learn when it comes to becoming a wine connoisseur, and it is imperative that you are, as to better enjoy this drink you must know how to pair it nicely for the greatest experience.

 

“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” ― Paulo Coelho

 

Wine’s Biggest Misconception

Commonly, wine is made of grapes, but that is not a rule, as it can be made of any fruit, and even know it is not as common, wine made of different fruits have been getting a bigger space in the market with brands investing more in the novelty. This kind of regular wine "spin-offs" are worth trying, as being a dapper man you enjoy new experiences.

 

 

Grapes

Several individual grape types make up the world of wine. There exist about four thousand distinct wine grape varietals in the world, even though the vast majority of wines consumed are from the species Vitis Vinifera. Some of these wine grapes varietal names like Muscat (muscato) Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot… are very common while the others may only be known by wine experts and bartenders. To learn more about wine grape varietals, visit www.winemonthclub

Cabernet Sauvignon, also known as the king of red wines is also from the Vitis Vinifera family.

 

 

Wine Production

Wine grapes take a whole season to be good enough to produce wine and the product only happens once a year, making the wine making process not only a long but a very meticulous one from start to finish.

 

“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.” ― Andre Simon

 

 

Label

In order to find out the year of production and harvest of the wine you intend to purchase check the label for the vintage (what the year in the bottle is called). If you find a bottle that doesn’t contain one, it is because grapes from different harvest were mixed in the production of it.

 

 

Grape Usage Categories

There are 2 types of categories given to wines which depend solely on the amount of the primary grape used in its production.

 

–          Single-Veritable Wine

This kind of wine, as the name suggests, is made of primarily one type of grape. How much of the same grape it takes to get this title varies from country to country, being at least 75% in most of the continent of the United States, with Oregon being the only exception, with a demand of 90% of the primary grape in its production being necessary to get the title.

 

–          Blended Wine

When a wine doesn’t belong in the single-veritable category it is a part of the blended one. This category has two variations in itself, divided by rather the wine blends are mixed together before or after the aging and fermentation process. The first being called field blending but the second being the most popular method to date.

 

 

Decanting Wine

When it comes to decanting wine, one must always remember never to do so with white wine and old red ones, other than those decanting it won’t have any negative effects, either sparkling ones. The best results are achieved with red wine and in order, to decant it just pour it into the decanter for about 40 minutes before consuming it.

 

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” ― Ernest Hemingway

 

Wine Glasses Etiquette

When it comes to the glass you pour your wine into, it has a significant impact on how it tastes. This was discovered by a glassmaker called Georg Riedel back in 1986.

 

 

–          Red Wine Glasses

Out of all style made for this type of wine, 3 stands out. The smaller cup one is the best choice for the most alcoholic kinds and the deeper ones the best for the full-bodied ones.

 

 

–          White Wine Glasses

There are 2 popular styles used for the consumption of this type of wine, both of which follow a small bowler-like pattern. For the full-bodied versions of this type of wine choose to use the wider style.

 

 

–          Sparkling Wine

This type of white is best consumed from a flute wine glass, as it is the most bubble preserver there is due to its length. – A common practice with champagnes

 

 

–          Puddling Wine

Due to the high alcohol it contains, the small and narrowed mouthed glasses are the best option to reduce evaporation.

 

"If you ask me, something sinister lurks in men who avoid wine, games, the company of lovely women, and dinnertime conversation. Such people are either gravely ill or secretly detest everyone around them.” ― Mikhail Bulgakov

 

 

Pairing Wine with Dishes

A dapper man must know how to order the perfect wine to enhance every meal experience, not ever depending on the waiter knowledge to do so. Each type of dish is better paired with a certain type of wine, so don’t just order your favorite or believe the oldest one to be the best for your dish.

 

–  White Wine

The best option when having a creamy dish such as soup, lasagna, and risotto. When it comes to meat it works great with poultry dishes, such as chicken, turkey and more.

 

–  Sweet White Wine

This type of wine is the best option to pair with spicy food, oily fish, and chicken.

 

–  Dry White Wine 

This type of wine is the best complementary one for vegetable dishes, flaky fish and also works great with chicken.

 

–  Rosé Wine 

Rosé wine is great to pair with strongly flavored dishes such as Indian Mediterranean and more. It also works with spicy food.

 

–  Sparkling Wine

This type of wine is best paired with salty food such as sushi, caviar and potato dishes.

 

–  Light Red Wine

Also known as the light-bodied red is a great option to pair with pastry, pasta, pizza and French dishes in general.

 

–  Medium Red Wine

This type of wine is also known as medium-bodied red and goes great with roasted dishes, as well as with Italian and Spanish cuisine. It also works with pizza.

 

–  Dark Red Wine

Also known as bold red and full-bodied red wine, the dark-colored wine is great to pair with rich flavored meats, such as bovine in general, rather it is barbecued, roasted or smoked.

 

–  Puddling Wine

This is the dessert wine, it works great with sweets, fruits, and soft cheeses.

 

 

How to Properly handle Wine Glass

The right way to hold a wine glass is by the stem, closer to the base side of it, as holding it by the cup will heat up your wine.

 

“Wine is like many of the fine experiences in life which take time and experience to extract their full pleasure and meaning.” ― Douglas Preston

 

 

Keeping it Fresh

Once a bottle of wine is open it starts to deteriorate, the best way to ensure it keeps fresh is by using a wine preserver and putting it in the fridge.

 

Important/Fun Facts

– Only the primary aroma of a wine is called aroma, from the second on it is called bouquet.

– Wine tastes better when served slightly cool

– White wine gets darker with age while red wine gets lighter.

– The most expensive wines are still made by foot treading.

– The difference between organic wine and wine made with organic grape is the latter contains over 20 parts per million of a natural substance from fermentation called “sulfites”.

– Greeks and Romans used a layer of Olive oil to seal their wine, not corks, as it was only invented in 1780.

Sparkling wine was first produced by the English, not the French.

– Champagne is a sparkling wine from the Champagne Region in France, hence all champagnes are sparkling wines but not all sparkling wines are champagnes.

– Younger wines are better for our health, while a few aged ones taste better.

– Red wine gets its color from the pigmentation of the grape skin.

– Red wine grapes can be used to make white wine.

– Good wine has a more lasting aftertaste.

– Wine must be stored laying down or the cork could end up falling inside the bottle from drying out.

– Oenophobia is the name given to the fear of wine.

– Wine is a great antioxidant.

– Swirling the wine glass release its aroma.

 

If you are looking for handrafted wine, you should try out the California Wine Club. To get wine in the comfort of your home, I reccomend Winc, wines delivered to your door steps!

 

What do you think of this article? Did it make you consider getting a sommelier certificate? Let me know in the comments below!

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How to Keep Your Space Smelling Fresh Always

How to Keep Your Space Smelling Fresh or Odor free

Odor is a repellant or a turn off for most ladies. In my college days, I was noted by my friends for being that guy who always had a box full of camphor in his room as an odor diffuser. In addition, I used to ask even my female visitors to remove their shoes before stepping into my room. Yes that was me and I have not changed, as matter of fact, I have become worse in that regard. Like I have mentioned severally in other articles, being a dapper man isn't solely dependent on appearance. To be well-kempt at all times has to start from your personal self and space (home, office, car etc), your space has to be kept odor free and smelling fresh unapologetically.

Being attracted to fresh scents is a part of the human condition, the opposite happens with odors, our sensitive nostrils repudiate such smell and should never be exposed to it. As a dapper man, your sense of smell is even sharper than most, as you sure avoid any kind of exposure to odors on a daily basis.

When it comes to your surrounding space dapper man’s must put as much effort to make it clean and smelling nice as they do when it comes to every other aspect of their life. A dapper man doesn’t do things half any, they work the best they can to achieve the best goals possible, and that’s the same energy and effort that must be put into everything in their lives.

In case you have come around such negative experience situation that must be remediated as fast as possible, or you just want helpful tips to keep the freshness of your surroundings, here are the best tips to both remediate odor and keep nice aromas flowing all day, every day!

1.    Declutter

As a dapper man, a minimalist lifestyle doesn’t agree with your way of life, but that doesn’t mean you should live a life that will put you in the next episode of Hoarders neither. It is important to at least once every season get rid of the excess. Keep in mind it is a noble gesture to help people in need, and there are a lot of people who could actually use items that are just occupying space you could be actually using, so, separate what you have no use for and donate it. The items not suitable for donation should be sent to a recycling service company, as the dapper man value Earth and its resources that you are (In case you can’t find one, or don’t have the time to search, leave them at Goodwill as they do work this process out.

2.    Clean

The obvious next step is to clean your place. Cleaning your car, house and office should be done often to avoid a slob looking odor smelling space. The floor should be wiped every day, and you must deep clean it with products at least once a week. Pillowcases should be changed every 3 days, bedding should be traded at least once a week. To achieve balance, do not let nothing accumulate, so work your way to a cleaner space by doing the dishes after every meal, cleaning everything you may spill on the floor and every other cleaning basic.

3.    Windows

Opening the windows of your space will allow it to ventilate which not only is good for the air circulation it improves, but during warm weather months, the sunlight helps get rid of bacterias.

4.    Diffusers

To have your house and office smell fresh all the time the best and easiest purchase you can make are diffusers. There are many different types of this product in the market and it is a joy to shop for. Between the favorites, the gadget-like plug in ones that don’t come with a scent from fabrication, that way you can buy your favorite scents and take it everywhere with you.

5.    Air Fresheners

When it comes to your car, it is recommended to always have air fresheners around, it gives your vehicle a distinct smell, so choose it wisely and drive safe.

6.    Fresh flowers

A great way to have a naturally nice smelling space is to always have fresh flowers in it. Remember to trade it every time it starts to die.

Pro tip: Cut small pieces diagonally of the bottom of the flowers every 2 to 3 days to make it last longer.

7.    Candles

Every girl youtuber and probably all your girlfriends probably have talked to you about their obsession with candles, and you may think it a way too feminine item to have around your place, but having a nice smelling place isn’t just for woman, neither is candles. If you are too worried about being judged for having candles around, look for “man candles”. It is actually a thing and it will open you up to a whole new world you will most likely obsess about. These candles include tobacco, Bourbon and more.

8.    Incense

Most people seem to think there is only the ordinary type of really strong smelling incense in the market, but within’ the years, the incense market has grown to a much more extensive one, including elegantly packaged and complex smell ones.

9.    Plants

Having plants indoor help not only with decoration but also with cleaning the indoor air. Plus, plants usually have their natural scent which will integrate and complement your space smell.

10.    Potpourri

Another great option to integrate your house smell while making it more complex is potpourri. The product has a soft smell like no other and is easily perceived by our smell senses. To add it to your home, find a nice looking bowl you would like exposed in your space and goes with your decoration.

11.    Baking Soda

The secret weapon that can be found in any supermarket for a cheap price is baking soda. This trick on the sleeve have de-odorizing properties and can be used by itself or added to your usual cleaning products to make it even stronger.

12.    Perfume

Everyone has a favorite scent to use in their body, even dogs have their own specifically created perfumes, so why shouldn’t your home and office? To make your house or office smell nice, choose a nice scented perfume you would like the space to smell like. A few sprays of the right scent can make any ambient smell nice quickly.

13.    Product Placement

It is important to choose the ideal placements to your scented products. It is a very particular choice varying a lot from space to space and possibilities are endless. A nice hack is to put products such as air fresheners in front of air vents to have it dissipate in the space better and faster. Adding a scented candle to your bathroom is also a good idea, but make sure to choose a location that won’t easily have water spill on it and turn it off.

14.    Furry Pets

A reason why a seemly clean house doesn’t smell fresh may be because furry pets in it are being taken for granted. It is important to take your pet to take a shower once every 2 weeks. As much as you want to take him more than that, it is not advisable as in the long run the pets’ skin may suffer from dermatological diseases from it. Treat your pets right, and take proper care of them, you wouldn’t leave a baby without proper care for long periods of time, so don’t do this to your pets neither, specially considering they go everywhere in every space, they are explorers by nature, and once they do so, if they are not at their best they will likely lose more fur than necessary and you will have even more work cleaning it.

15.    Trash

It is a good idea to take your trash out at the end of each day. Letting trash in your house for too long makes its odor spread and ruin the work you put into cleaning it. If the ambient scent is a concern, and as a dapper man it is, you must get rid of the number one thing that causes a place to stink.

16.    For Emergency Use Only

If you find yourself in a situation where you have people coming over to your place and even know it is spotlessly clean and it is possible to even see the blink cartoon makers add when a character clean the house, but for some unknown reason the place is stinking and you don’t have time to run errands to find the other options listed above, find a beautiful open-top hollow product (it can be bowls, cups or whatever you can find that can have liquids inside) and fill it with vinegar. Vinegar is a powerful resource to get the smell out of an indoor space. It will probably smell vinegary, but that’s better than nothing if a time comes when you need a quick solution. As a dapper man, this is not an acceptable situation to be in, your house should always perfectly presentable, just like your appearance.

 

It is important to note that even though there are ways to trick the sensors when you are trying to make your space smell nice, for a dirty and messy space there isn’t. Plus, being in this kind of environment makes everyone feel bad. Nice smelling products shouldn’t be used to cover odors either, only to aggregate to the freshness of a fresh space, the idea of masking the true conditions of a space is pure slobby and not a trait of a dapper man.

 

What other product would you suggest to make your space feels and smell fresh? Leave us a comment below!

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