In the culinary tour, sometimes a fancy restaurant becomes one of the main destinations. Either because you’re invited to eat at a fancy restaurant, or you want to try it by yourself.
Well, wine becomes a drink choice while eating a meal at a fancy restaurant or fine dining concept restaurant. The following tips are fitted if sipping wine became a first-time experience for you.
Types of wine
Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from the juice of the grape (Vitis vinifera species) and usually only grows in the area of 30 to 50 degrees latitude north and south. Generally, people familiar with the two types of wine: red and white wine.
In fact, wine has a variety of types, ranging from red, white, sweet, rose, sparkling and fortified. The rose wine is sometimes referred as pink wine, while sparkling wine contains bubbles, such as champagne. From the colour alone, someone can know what kind of wine or grape.
Types of grape
Type of wine for red is made from Shiraz or Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Pinot Noir itself has various types such as Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Dolcetto, Gamay, and others.
The grape type for white wine such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Semillon also has several types such as Muscat, Gewürztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Viognier, Pinot Blanc, and others.
Does it mean the most expensive wine is a good one?
According to experts, this is a wrong assumption; therefore, wine dealing with the tastes. They said the wine depends on the match. Wine is very dependent on the tongue, the experience, and one’s preferences.
Enjoying wine is enjoying complexities of flavour and aroma. It means a balance between acid, bitter, sweet, salty. Good wine is balanced and undergo a process of maturation. The more complex the flavour of a wine, the price is more expensive.
Wine can be seen or judged by the colour, aroma, complexity, balance, and after taste. Wine declining quality can be judged from the discolouration. The same fact is also for the aroma and flavour complexity and balance. While the after-taste is sensation remaining after quaffing wine.
Wine producers group
Corresponding to the wine producers map, it is divided into two groups, which are old and new wine country. Old wine countries are old country producers such as French, Italian, Spanish, Polish.
Therefore, new wine countries are the South African, California, Canada, and Australia. The new player is actually derived from the old players. Thirty years ago, the old players immigrated to new countries and conduct of grape seeds crossing between the old country with a new one. It makes the wine flavour become so rich.
Wine for beginners
You should start by trying an aromatic and sweet wine. Choose wines that are light and not dark. Avoid directly trying red wine with a vintage (old production) and dense. For example, for white wine, try a type of muscat. For red wine, you can try Pinot Noir 2010. Alternatively, you can try to blend (combined) between Shiraz and Dolcetto that quite sweet.
Choosing a suitable wine for food
There are a few tricks to combine wine with food that will be eaten. You could just ask for a recommendation from the sommelier (wine expert). Please, do not be ashamed to admit if you are not experienced to drink a wine, it makes sommelier can find suitable wine for you.
The old formula in pairing wine with food is a “white goes with white and red goes with red.” This means white wine suitable with white meat, while red wine matched with red meat.
For example, beef steak matched with red wine such as Shiraz and Merlot types, while seafood like fish matched with white wine such as Chardonnay and Semillon types. Fish is also compatible with Pinot Noir 2009. The reason is, Pinot Noir is watery and the taste’s complexity is elegant, so it fits with the fish that tend to be smooth and has the plain taste.
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