I have always loved to cook, which is probably why food and alcohol pairing came so naturally to me. I love the idea of matching together complimentary flavors, and making everything I serve pop. Although most people decide to pair food and wine, I love to mix it up and add interesting lagers. In addition to significantly decreasing meal expenses, adding craft beers also has a way of making guests feel more comfortable. On this blog, I decided to share my love of all things alcohol and food, so that you can start churning out incredible dishes from the comfort of your own home.
Picking out a good wine — whether it's for yourself or a gift for a friend — can be a tricky thing if you don't know exactly what to look for. But that doesn't mean you need to become a sommelier overnight in order to get a good bottle. Take a look below at just a few things you should keep in mind next time you go to the store to check out wine for sale, and you'll come away with a much better bottle than you otherwise would.
Older Isn't Always Better
The stereotype among those who don't often drink wine is that the older the wine, the better it must be. But that's not always the case. In fact, if you're planning to purchase a bottle at your local supermarket or beverage mart for less than $20, then there's no need to fret about finding a bottle that's more than a decade old. There are plenty of wines bottled during great harvests that are only a couple of years old and that are meant to be enjoyed sooner rather than later.
Swirl the Glass
If you have the chance to taste from a bottle before purchasing it, then you'll want to consider the aroma of the wine before anything else. To do this, gently swirl your glass a few times in the same direction; this allows oxygen to more effectively interact with the wine, and thus produce a stronger, more layered aroma. Look for fruity or floral notes with good red wines, but also search out notes of sherry, which can clue you in on a bad, oxidized wine (unless, of course, it is sherry). The more practice you have swirling your glass, the more detailed notes your sense of smell will be able to detect.
Dive Deep into Color
Most people will state a clear preference for red or white wine, but never get more specific than that. If you're looking to learn more about what type of wine you like best, you'll have to explore all the various types of wine within that binary distinction. For example, when many people express a preference for white wine, what they really mean is that they like a good chardonnay. But a good pinot gris or sauvignon blanc can expand the palate just as much. Similarly, there are many types of red: cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, and zinfandel among them. Learn what you like, but never be afraid to try new things.Share