Whether you're a wine novice or aficionado, a quick refresher on your wine-sipping skills can help you maximize the enjoyment of your next glass.
Here are some tips to help you get the most from a new blend or an old favorite:
1. Choose the right glass.
If you're looking for a full tasting experience, make sure your wine glass
works well with the type of wine you're drinking. In general, reds taste better in wider glasses, while whites should be served in smaller, narrower glasses.
2. Remember serving temperature.
A wine's serving temperature
affects its flavor and aromas. Sparkling wine should be served around 45°F, white should be fridge-cold, and red should be cool, around 63–69°F.
3. Learn how to swirl.
This helps aerate the wine to soften tannins and add aromas to the glass. Try one of two swirling methods: the handheld swirl (hold the stem of the glass while you swirl) or the tabletop swirl (gently draw circles with the glass back and forth on a flat surface).
4. Pair it with food.
Picking a food that brings out the best characteristics in the wine is the number-one rule of pairing
. The wine's flavors need to stand out, but not clash with the food. For example: Wine should always be sweeter than the food it's paired with—and you should never pair bitter food with high-tannin wine.
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