Have you ever cooked with wine before, or have you ever coveted that nice little wine collection you’ve seen in other homes. Would you like to know what you’re talking about when it comes to wine. Well, keep reading to find out a little more information to make things easier on you.
Do you need a wine all your guests will enjoy? Instead of choosing a rare wine people might not appreciate, choose a Beaujolais, a Chilean, a Sauvignon or a Cava from Spain. These wines are easy to find and offer enough diversity to remain interesting for connoisseurs without making novices feel like they are sophisticated enough to enjoy the wine.
When storing wines, you should make sure they reach a temperature of 57 degrees. This is the best temperature to serve a wine, but you might want to chill your white wines or let your red wines warm a little by simply placing the bottle on the table half an hour before your meal.
You should know that old bottles are often worthless. You could try selling it to another wine connoisseur, but most buyers look for large quantities. Keep in mind that serious buyers will want to know everything about the provenance of the wine you want to sell, which is not always feasible if you found a bottle in your basement.
Having a sniff at the cork from the wine bottle is not the best way to determine whether or not your wine is spoiled. While this may work in some cases, there are times when a cork smells musty and the wine is perfectly fine. Tasting it is the only way to know for sure.
Join a wine of the month club with your friends. This can be a great way of learning about the developments in the wine industry and some of the new wines that are on the market. Also, you can get samples of different wines, which can be purchased by the bottle if you enjoy it.
If you are not too familiar with wine, make sure to shop at a wine store. While many grocery stores and even some convenient stores carry wine, they do not have the staff on hand who really understand wine. If you shop with professionals, you will have a better chance of finding the wine you want and gaining valuable information in the process.
Sign up for an online wine forum. You can learn from the other posters and share your own knowledge, too. You may discover that you find your new favorite from a suggestion from another member.
You should only consume wines that you prefer. Sometimes restaurants and bars promote specific brands of wine. Those brands may regularly sport a twenty fold increase. More expensive prices don’t automatically mean an increase in quality. Drink what you enjoy, not what you are told to like.
You are definitely ready to use everything you’ve learned now right? Of course you are, and the information should definitely come in handy. You might want to serve that special red wine to your guest or use that specific white wine to cook a certain meal. It’s time to get started!