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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”.
Kamran A. Khawar co-founded a wine startup company that at times hosts tasting events with wine makers and other wine enthusiasts. Kamran A. Khawar also serves as President of VinoVue, Inc., a consumer and business software company.
Red wines, as compared to white wines, are generally associated with a bolder flavor. Syrah, also known as shiraz, is a fruity, spicy red wine that pairs well with steak, beef stews, and other meat-based meals. Merlot, on the other hand, is a rounder, less tannic red that goes well with most any food. Merlot is generally referred to as a soft, easy-to-drink wine, even smoother than cabernet sauvignon.
Pinot noir is another popular type of red wine. A soft, fruity red, pinot noir often accompanies salmon and various Japanese dishes, including sushi rolls. Pinot noir wine is derived from the noblest of all red wine grapes, and due to the difficulty associated with growing the grapes, pinot noir is rarely blended. Additional kinds of red wine include Malbec, zinfandel, sangiovese, and barbera.
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.
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Kamran A. Khawar has traveled extensively for both business and pleasure. He has visited Spain, Italy, France, India and Hong Kong in the last two years alone. In addition to serving as president of VinoVue, Inc., Kamran A. Khawar supports other wine businesses. In the latter role, Kamran Khawar hosts numerous tastings with other winery owners and enthusiasts.
When it comes to wine, the most basic and familiar categories are white wines and reds. The difference begins with the grapes used to make either variety. Red wine derives, as one might imagine, from darker-colored grapes.
The winemaking process differs between reds and whites as well, as the grapes used for white wine are pressed in such a way that only the juice is included in the fermentation process. On the other hand, the fermentation for red wine includes grape skins, which feature tannins, giving the wine a richer flavor and even certain health benefits when the wine is consumed in moderation. Some can include the lowering of “bad’ cholesterol and an increase in HDL cholesterol levels.