Love WineI love wine. I really love wine. And in case I haven’t mentioned it, I love wine. :) Because I love it so much, I’m guessing this topic is most likely going to turn into a series of posts over time
I am certainly no expert. But guess what? This post is for the newbies that want to learn more about wine; not the experts that have been studying it for years. So they can go ahead and stand in line with the English experts that probably have mild heart attacks at my poor use of punctuation and grammar. :) They would probably want to take a bottle of wine and smack me over the head with it!
First off, let me just say that i haven't always appreciated wine. Before I had the typical attitude a lot of people have which is “it all tastes the same so find me something under $15 please.”
You see, the taste of wine has many different variables. It’s dependent upon the soil, region, weather from the harvest season, type of grape, the way it is fermented and how it is stored and matures. You can take an amazing grape harvest and completely ruin it with the fermenting process and storage.
My favorite quote from Virginia Madsen in the movie Sideways is when she describes her respect for wine. She states:
“I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I’d opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive. And it’s constantly evolving and gaining complexity.”
This is so true. Wine not only matures every day but can actually change it’s taste every minute you have a bottle open just from the oxygen aerating it. It is truly alive.
Types of Wine. A general overview:
Wines can be broken down into the following basic categories:
■• White Wine (typically fruity and floral with lighter undertones such as apples and pear)s
■• Red Wine (typically more spicey and smokey. They are reminiscent of heavier fruit undertones such as cherry and blackberry)
■• Rose Wine (indicated by it’s light pink color, it is made using different fermentation methods and sometimes by blending red and white grapes together. A White Zinfandel is a good example of a Rose wine)
■• Sparkling Wine (including Champagne)
■• Dessert Wine (thicker and has a significantly higher glucose and fructose concentration such as Sauternes, Moscato and Port.)