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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
This type of wine is the best complementary one for vegetable dishes, flaky fish and also works great with chicken.
Rosé wine is great to pair with strongly flavored dishes such as Indian Mediterranean and more. It also works with spicy food.
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.
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.
– 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.
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