Submitted by: Jonathan Tan
Wines have long been the most favourable drink that many prefer toasting to on several occasions. But more to your sparkling champagne or your glass of red, there is a multitude of interesting things to discover and love about wine. Here are 15 tips that you should remember if you want to enjoy your bottle more.
Ever experienced those times where you just accidentally broke your wine bottle cork? You can spare yourself the agony of pushing the cork in the bottle and simply pour the wine in another container. If a floating cork inside the bottle keeps getting in the way, you can simply use a long and slender instrument, like a skewer, to push it out of the way.
How to warm up a bottle of red wine
An easy way to warm a bottle of red wine to room temperature is to warm a glass or any container with hot water, wipe it dry and transfer your wine.
Drink at room temperature
If you really want to enjoy the taste of the wine, it is best that you drink it in room temperature. If you left your bottle of wine in the fridge for quite some time now, you can pour your wine into your glass and hold the bowl instead of the stem. Your body temperature helps heat up the wine.
Know safe limits
There is a lot of good things about wine, but these can be achieved best when you also set your limits. Three or more drinks for men and two or more drinks for women in a day would be considered as too much. Going just below that will help you reap its benefits.
Never fill your glass to the brim
It is not advisable to fully fill up a glass of wine. It is best that you pour in at least 1/3 of the way. This gives you enough room to swirl the wine allowing it to develop the taste better.
How to quickly chill a bottle of white wine
The quickest way to chill a bottle of white wine is to put it in a container, which contains water and ice. This chills it in just 30 minutes. But if this is going to be a long night of drinking, you can store the other ones to be consumed later in the fridge.
How to store wine with no wine fridge
Having a wine fridge would be an ideal picture. But if you don’t have this around, you can use a pantry in the middle of your home. Or you could store it in a clean dark area where light doesn’t always easily get in. It should also be stable as vibration can also help create a change in taste. Ensure that this place has a constantly uniformed temperature to avoid temperature shocking.
Savour your red
Red wine is one of those things that you can savour by taking your time. You need to let your red wine breathe to develop the flavours. But if you are so desperately longing for a drink, you can pour it into a glass jug or a container with a larger diameter to allow it to get more air exposure. Then viola! You can have yourself of that well-deserved glass.
Know your glass
One time, I was eating in this new restaurant and this newbie waiter went to deliver the other table their wine glasses. To my chagrin he gave them cobblers. This was a very bad mistake since these two are not even cousins so to speak. Wine glasses have different types. But they are nowhere as stout as a cobbler. Remember this basic, red wine glass is smaller than white wine glass, while the latter is slim and taller.
How to really estimate temperatures
We usually see labels of serving wine in room temperatures. But in reality, this should be served at cellar temperature. If you serve it too cold, it can taste quite bitter. Meanwhile, serving it too hot will only make the aroma of the alcohol too overwhelming.
Wake up a bottle of wine
Just as you would need some time to regroup before starting out of bed, your bottle of wine also needs that. This liquid has been stored inside a bottle for several years, which allowed it to grow and develop. But the taste still hasn’t reached its full potential the moment you open it. So the best thing to do right after popping a bottle of red is to let it breathe for a bit. It interacts with the presence of air, which allows it to develop into a rich tasting glorious drink.
The benefit of swirling the wine
Swirling a wine is not just to create that sexy appeal to it. This increases the aeration of the wine releasing its aromas. Gently take a whiff off this wine and start on your way to a story of flavours.
The rule always say that red wine should be paired with dark or red meats, while white wine with fish or white meat. But experts and even chefs are saying that you should not limit yourself to this pairing. There are several beautiful flavours that unravel when you switch these off.
How to be a proper wine tasting host
It is important to be very mindful of your guests when hosting a wine tasting party. A proper host should ensure that glasses stay filled at all times.
Leftover wine in the fridge
A bottle of opened wine is already exposed to oxygen and on its way to oxidation. But you can slow this process down by storing it in a fridge. This helps you keep a wine for several days up to a week.
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