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- Red wine is usually best served just below room temperature, so that it still has some element of refreshment to it and not an overly warmed, boozy scent that makes the cheeks overly flushed. Serving red too cold results in a much more unpleasant acidic taste and more noticeable tannins. Red wine typically has aromas and chemical characteristics which are supressed or dimished at lower temperatures.
- White wine is enjoyed most from between 44F – 60F (6C to 16C). Where the wine serving temperature has gone down, the perception of acid increases, keeping it crisp and with that fresh feeling.
- Sparkling wines most commonly served at fridge temrerature around 38F – 45F (3C to 6C). There is a fear that serving it too warm could dissipate the bubbles and ruin its liveliness. The risk is avoided by being drunk straight out of the fridge, when in fact a sparkling could be allowed to develop and be enjoyed much more when allowed to stand for twenty minutes after being refrigerated. Serving your wine too cold and the wine becomes empty of scent and taste with no real expression. But too warm could risk the connotation of “flatness”.
Here is an introduction into the basics of how wine is made, from growing the grapes to aging the bottled wine.
Wine is a subjective thing, but there is a wine philosophy about what wine should be and what makes a wine great.
Wine is made from only grapes. However, there are hundreds of different grape varietals that vary quite dramatically. Don’t worry, there are only a handful that account for most of the world’s great wines.
Wine is made in hundreds of regions/appellations throughout the world. However for beginners, one needs to focus on the more famous, common and important wine regions.
The various components of a wine, its color, aroma and flavor, all have unique characteristics you should learn to look out for and recognize.
Wine Tasting Terms
Learn about some of the basics so that you can explain what you are tasting and understand critics and friend’s descriptions.
How to Read Wine Labels
While not every label is the same, as an introduction to wine there are many generalizations we can make that help you to figure out what everything means so that you can tell what style of wine it is, where it is from, who the producer is and other important info.
While many of the best wines improve with aging, it need specific conditions to do so and in fact not all wines do improve with age.
Kamran A. Khawar oversees Product Development and Operations at VinoVue, a technology and wine company that he co-founded in 2011. Kamran A. Khawar also likes to likes to hike with family, friends and colleagues. Here are some tips.
Choose the right hike
Consider distance, elevation and terrain when choosing a hike.
Wear layered clothing
Optimal outdoor clothing protects you from the elements and regulates body temperature while being lightweight, durable and comfortable.
Choose good boots
There is no substitute for high-quality hiking boots, which provide grip, support the ankles, and take the knocks.
Carry a comfortable backpack
If you’re going to carry a heavy load for long periods, get a backpack with a good harness as this dictates comfort and load-bearing limits.
Be scrupulous in packing as light as possible, especially on long hikes in hilly terrain. Invest in lightweight equipment, and pool anything that can be shared among your group such as cooking equipment.
Eat and drink well
Food is your fuel, and to keep firing on all cylinders you need to eat well on the trail. Always take more than you need, especially if there’s any chance your trip will take longer than planned.
Don’t go haring off – walk at a steady pace.
Enjoyable hiking hinges on stamina, not speed. Expect to walk much slower than normal, settling into your natural pace and rhythm.
Unless you’re setting out on easy, well signposted trails, always carry a map as a GPS receiver is useless with no signal or when batteries run out.
Read the weather
Weather conditions have a major bearing on hiker happiness.
Plan for a safe return
Get off on the right foot by letting someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back so they can raise the alarm if you go AWOL.
Always take at least a basic first aid kit with you.