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Tips to a Successful Winery Visit

Here are some tips if you want to visit a wineries, also some etiquette  suggestions:

 

  • Bring some box for wine.
    • Surely when you visit to a winery, you also wanted to buy especially if their wines are so good and you wanted bring some at home. You need a box to place them safe where it can not be rattle around in your car.
  • Hire a car or a driver for your tour
    • Winery tours sometimes requires a lot of driving since your visiting one winery to another. But, some wineries offers a driving tour that will take you to them.
  • Visit early especially on weekends
    • During the visit, you can talk those people behind the winery or sometimes the owners but this can happen if they are not busy.
  • Be polite
    • This is some common traits that people should look up into. As their are rude people who visit a winery which cannot be avoided but showing politeness is not hard to do and sometimes this personality can get you some small charge or wine free.
  • Try new wines
    • It is best to try new things, especially some other flavors that you might know are so good.
  • Ask questions
    • Being curious on how the wine is process adds your knowledge and fun.
  • A wine brought from home never tasted like at the winery
    • It should be keep this in mind, that the wine tasted better when it is at the winery since it’s not been traveled and surrounded by wondrous smell and sight, which makes the wine special.

The Right Wine Glasses for Your Wine

Plenty of us has difficulty in choosing the right glass to use for our wine. So here are some of the tips that will helps choose the right glass on our wine.

But, first we need to consider the basic rule when choosing the glass.

  • It should be clear and plain.
  • Has a sufficient size for pouring and swirling the wine.
  • Has stem for holding
  • Have a taper on the top.

Now, here are some type of glasses with different designs that are perfect for red, white, sparkling ad dessert wines.

For:

Red Wines – A bowl fuller and rounder with a larger opening than other wine glasses.

White Wines – A U shaped glass.

Sparkling Wines – A narrow glass, also called flute glass.

Dessert Wines – Small glass as this wine has higher alcohol content.

Most Popular Type of Wine

Merlot

A red wine that is sweeter than other wine and lighter. Also, this type of wine is soft and has low acidity.

Shiraz

A medium colored wine. Shiraz has an aroma like chocolates, dark fruits and has a spicy taste.

Cabernet Sauvignon

This is the best and darkest of all the red wines. This type of wine has a fruity flavor and you can see them sometimes in deep purple.

Riesling

A pale colored wine that is sweet. This wine tastes like kerosene and gunmetal combine with sweetness.

Chardonnay

Just like Champagne, this type of wine is color yellow. Even though this is hard to identify by just smelling, but tasting on it helps you identify which tasted like tinge of pineapple and smokiness.

Things Every Women Should Know About Wine

What is Tannins?

Comes from grapes skin, stems and seeds, they can be excellent alongside heavy foods like steak.

Better questions to ask at wine shop.

Where’s your Malbec?, there’s no wrong in requesting it. Discover alot of wines from different retailers

Don’t call cab as wine.

Please say the entire name, if you would like a wine made from the grape Cabernet Sauvignon. Not cab, because cab is the vehicle if you want a ride.

How to distinguished a wine that is corked.

You tell that the wine is corked, if you taste a wine and it has a wet cardboard or musty pool filter thing going on, itsprobably cork taint.

Most wines are dry

It’s important to know that a wine is technically sweet only if it has residual sugar.

Most wines are name from the places they come from.

Champagne is a wine from Champagne

Chablis

These wines are made from Chardonnay,steely white wines of Chablis (pronounced Shah-blee) in central France.

Glasses of wine are higher value than a bottle of wine, at a restaurant.

Restaurants mark up their by-the-glass section at a much higher rate than they do for bottles. If you’re with two friends out to dinner, it’s most cost-effective to get a bottle than to just order glasses

Decide what you like and what’s fun and interesting for you

 

Top 4 reasons you need to go on a wine tour

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If you are a wine lover then going on a wine tour will be very enjoyable. Nature is beautiful out there, and you get to taste fresh wine as well. Once you’ve been on the tour it’s worth visiting our outdoor cinema where you can enjoy a movie under the stars.

We digress slightly – Back to the Wine! Here are some good reasons to go on a wine tour.

The winery

Winery is the main reason you should go on a wine tour. You can discover many things about wine and learn fun facts and useful tips related to wine. You get to see where winegrowing takes place, how its made and also take a sip of the wine as it’s produced.

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The cuisine

Wine and food go hand in hand. You will get quality food in a winery. There are many good restaurants and culinary amenities. They make food from fresh produces, so you get the best quality food here.

Farmer’s markets

You will find lots of farmer’s markets around the winery. When you visit a farmer’s market, you will find professional chefs shopping there as well to get the best quality ingredients for their dishes. It’s a unique experience to shop for ingredients for dinner.

Activities

There are many fun activities to do in a vineyard and winery. You can take a bicycle and ride through the lanes of a vineyard. You can find some lovely picnic spots as well. Some wineries offer cooking classes.

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Visiting a vineyard and winery is a great getaway from busy and stressful life. If you live nearby such place, you should go there on weekends to get some fresh air.

6 wine making processes that affect the quality and taste of wine

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Wine can be processed in different ways. Each process gives different outcome. Here are the processes that can affect the quality and taste of wine.

1. Date of harvest

The date at which the grapes are picked affects the quality and taste of wines. If the winemaker picks a date early, the wines will be more acidic with lower alcohol and will have green aromas and flavors. It will have more bitter tannin as well. If you pick grapes at a later date, then there will be less acidity, higher alcohol, and less tannin.

2. Cold soaking and skin contact

These two terms refer to how long the grape skins touch the juice before converting to wine. Cold soaking occurs before there is any alcohol present. Cold soaking means extracting the color and fruit flavors from skins, but leaving out the bitter tannin.

3. Hot fermentation vs. cool fermentation

Fermentation temperature changes the ultimate fruit flavors and color in wine. The temperature of hot fermentation can reach 80 – 1000F. Warmer fermentation is needed for red wines as they increase the color and tannin. Some winemakers also use warmer fermentation for white wines as well. Cold fermentations are done with white and rose wines. Cooler temperature helps preserve the aromas in white wines. These are the reasons why it is important to serve wines at the right temperature.

4. Pump overs vs. punch downs

Pump overs get higher amounts of tannin in the wind. Some of these systems offer gentler extraction and others aggressively stir up the tank where fermentation is done. Pump over systems is widely used in large fermentation tanks that are used for commercial operations. Punch downs, on the other hand, are a delicate way to stir wine. With this method, skins are not extracted too much. Very little oxygen is added in the fermentation. These are done by hand.

5. Oak-aging vs. steel tank

Oak aging adds a vanilla flavor to wine. It also increases the wine’s exposure to oxygen as it ages. Oxygen lowers the level of tannin and helps wine get its ultimate fruitiness. Wines that are aged for many years have nutty flavors. For zesty white wines, steel tanks are used. It is also used for red wines.

6. Screwcaps vs. corks

In winemaking, it’s important to decide whether to use a cork or a screwcap. In many occasion, the difference is not a big deal. But some winemakers have specific preferences.

The choice of these processes affects the outcome of wine. Many of these processes depend on the preference of the winemaker. So, a winemaker must have an in-depth knowledge on these.

4 rules for best pairing of wine and food

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It is not possible to taste wine at its best unless you pair it with the right food. Unfortunately, many of us do not understand how to order the right food with the wine. Here are the general guidelines you should follow.

1. If you want to drink white wine that is made in stainless steel tanks instead of in oak barrels, then you should order a meal in which you can squeeze a lemon or lime. White wines have a citrusy acidity flavor. Lime or lemon can highten that flavor. So, you can have smoked sablefish, grilled salmon, etc. with white wine.

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2. Low-alcohol wines go well with spicy foods. Alcohol improves the oils that make spicy food hot. So, if you take dishes like fiery curried chicken or Thai stir-fry, you can order wines that have low alcohol level.

3. When chicken or pork is the primary flavor in a dish, you should follow a simple rule. Remember that pork chops go well with red wine sauce and chicken items go well with white wine sauce.

4. If you are taking desserts, then you should consider lighter wine. You should choose wine that is less sweet than the dessert otherwise there will be too much sweetness.

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It can be a bizarre experience if you don’t choose the right food for your wine. Keep these rules in mind when you order your food in a restaurant. You will have the best dinner when food and wine are paired right.

4 ways to tell whether your wine is good or not

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Many people don’t know how to tell if the wine they are having is good or bad. It is especially true for people who drink wine occasionally. Here are four aspects of wine that tells you whether the wine is of good quality or not. ‘

Smell

Smell is the first thing you should consider. Notice whether the smell is floral or fruity. If it’s either of the two then you know it’s a good wine. But if the wine smells like anything else, for example, like a soaking wet newspaper, then it’s not a good wine.

Balance

A good wine is always in the balance. It has the right amount of acidity, alcohol, tannin, fruit, etc. None of these stand out to highlight its feature. If the level of acidity is very high, for example, and it makes your eyes water then you know that the wine is not in the balance.

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Depth

Depth of the flavor is the next thing you should check. You should detect the layers of another flavor that are beyond the fruit. You can taste some nuts or chocolate. When there is a good depth of flavor in your wine, you will enjoy the drink more.

The finish

You should determine it’s length of finish. You should notice how long the flavor of wine lasts after you drink it. The longer it lingers, the better will be the wine.

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So, next time when you drink wine, notice these characteristics to judge if it’s of good quality or not. A good quality wine will make your meal much enjoyable.