Surely you are not a professional winemaker but you are usually a wine consumer. Do you want to go a little further and surprise your guests? Here are 5 tips to know how to enjoy a good wine.
The 5 basic tips to drink good wine
British scientist Alexander Fleming, a discoverer of lysozyme once said, ” While penicillin cures men, wine makes them happy.” Since we also want to make you happy, we give you 5 basic tips to appreciate wine and know how to drink it:
Know the origin of the wine
Before tasting a good wine, it is important that you obtain as much information as possible about the wine you are going to drink. That is, you have to know who its producer is, what is its name, and its main characteristics. This will make you have all your senses activated and enhance the tasting much more.
Tip: if you are not very expert on the subject, let the restaurant sommelier advise you or ask your nearest wine cellar or wine cellar. They will tell you which is the best wine for your table.
Keep the wine at the ideal temperature
In order to enjoy your glass, you will first have to find out what is the best temperature for each type of wine. Forget about “wine at room temperature is fine” … That is not the case, if you serve the wine at an inappropriate temperature, the perception of all its characteristics will change.
What temperature is the best for each type of wine?
- White wines: between 6ºC and 9ºC
- White wines aging: between 10ºC and 12ºC
- Rose wines: between 5ºC and 10ºC
- Red wines: between 12ºC and 15ºC
- Red wines aging: between 15ºC and 18ºC
- Sweet wines: between 10ºC and 15ºC
Tip: Read the label on the wine bottle and follow each manufacturer’s instructions regarding its ideal temperature.
Uncork the wine and do not destroy the stopper
Once you have cooled the wine, the moment most awaited by all arrives: opening the bottle and not making a Christ. To uncork the wine and serve it in the correct way, keep in mind the following points:
- Use a good corkscrew and do not break the cork: today you can find an immense variety of instruments, from the most classic such as T-shaped, two-stroke, wing, or screw-shaped corkscrews to the most modern ones such as the wall corkscrew, compressed air corkscrew or electric corkscrews.
- Buy yourself a decanter: if you want to take the tasting to another level, opt for a decanter, it will help you aerate the wine, decant the solid remains, and show its best version.
- Clean the mouth of the bottle: Use a clean napkin and slide and wipe the top of the bottle. You will ensure complete hygiene and quality in your intake.
Tip: when you remove the cap, hold on to the bottle so that it does not slip. You can help yourself with a dry cloth to have a better grip.
Serve the wine properly in the glasses
After uncorking the bottle without taking anyone’s eye out, you have to follow the following steps:
Allow the wine to aerate: the best methodology to enjoy wine is by letting it aerate and, when mixed with oxygen, it gives off its best smells and properties.
Take the bottle from the bottom or bottom of the bottle: take advantage of its convex shape to rest your thumb inside it, so you can manipulate it more easily.
Serve the wine without clashing the two materials: the “chin chin” that is to toast, not to serve wine.
Have a clean napkin or cloth handy: in case a few drops fall out of the glass or on the table.
Never mix the wines: it is obvious, but there are people who still do it.
Tip: It is important to consider the exact amounts. Remember! You should never exceed 2/3 of the cup.
5.Taste the wine
So that your wine glass does not lose any property, you have to take into account the following aspects:
Let the wine aerate in the glass: 1 or 2 minutes are enough.
Move the glass: with a unison, smooth and circular movement to move all the volatile elements that the wine contains.
Smell the wine: use your nose to get the maximum information on all its characteristics, before and after moving it (this way you will appreciate the change and by comparison, you will notice more nuances).
Hold the glass by the neck or stem: never hug it whole with your hand. This way, you won’t quickly heat up its content.
Drink your glass with small amounts: if you want to enjoy your wine, take small sips to better concentrate all its flavor in small doses.
Tip: use alcoholic beverages responsibly. It is not necessary to drink the entire bottle, you can keep it in the fridge for another time or, if you are in a restaurant, you can order it to go.