Monday, May 12, 2014

Let's Talk Wine!

Do you enjoy a glass of wine? It wasn't until my first wine tasting trip did I discover just how good a glass of wine could taste! Walking down the wine aisle can be confusing and overwhelming! So many different names and most are hard to pronounce. Here is a little cheat sheet for you...

Lets start with white wines. These tend to be crisp, light, buttery and refreshing. You can find them dry or sweet depending on your taste. So let's get into it:

Chardonnay: this is a very light colored wine and is on the dry side. Made from the Chardonnay grape, which is the same grape that is used to make champagne. Every time I have a chardonnay I always say the same thing "it's so buttery".

Pinto Grigio: another dry white wine. Made from the Pinot Gris grape this wine tends to be a bit lighter than the Chardonnay and without that buttery taste. Very crisp and has a more fruity smell.

Sauvignon Blanc: another dry white wine made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. This grape flavor is so intense that it is usually mixed with Semillon grapes to mellow out the taste. These wines are generally produced in France, Oregon, Washington, New York, New Zealand, Australia and of course California.

Riesling: If I am in the mood for something light, a little sweet and dry I will go for a glass of reisling. The first riesling I drank was really sweet and I expected them all to be the same. They are not. Rieslings can run from sweet to dry.

Moscato: If you are looking for a really sweet wine. Then this is for you. This is a good wine for someone who says they don't like wine. The muscat grape is sweet and flavorful. You can also find a sparking version that is a great alternative to champagne.

In our house I enjoy white wines, while my husband likes a deep bold dry red wine. So let's move on to the reds:

Cabernet Sauvignon: this nice deep red wine has a fruity and almost chocolaty taste to it. The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is used as the bases for many different red wines.

Merlot:  this is my husbands favorite! He loves a good merlot. I usually can only have a small glass of this. It's so very dry. If you are looking for something to quench your thirst this is not it. The flavors are bold.

Syrah or Shiraz: you will see both names, don't let it confuse you. They come from the exact same grape. This red wine can range from mild to bold. This red wine is really great with red meats.

Pinot Noir: What is so special about this grape? Well it can only be grown in cool climates and in small crops. This of course makes this wine more rare which can make it more expensive. This smooth red is one that I can really enjoy.

Zinfandel: Yes you can find both a white and red Zinfandel, but when you see just Zinfandel that means it is a red! This grape originated in Croatia and has become a staple in California wineries. In fact California is the only place producing this wine. This is a kind of oaky wine that usually has a higher alcohol content than other wines.

So tell us! What is your favorite wine?? 

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