While it’s a favorite for special occasions, trip to Niagara Falls American Side, dinner parties, and sometimes as a way to wind down at the end of a crazy week, you have to be careful with wine so it doesn’t go bad before you open the bottle. Here are things to watch for so your wine will be as expected when you’re ready to serve it.
If the same thing turns out to wine, it’s a different story. This is why people purchase wine coolers and refrigerators to keep their wines at the correct temp, and it’s the impetus behind portable wine coolers when you’ve made a purchase and want to keep it at an appropriate temp until you get home. Basically, if your wine gets hot, it’s toast.
Tannin. When grapes are pressed, the juice can submerge with the grape skins, and the length of time that the skins and juice marinate together determines the tannin of a wine. The tannin has an effect on both the feel of the wine in your mouth, including the taste. For some more deets on tannins, this article has some helpful 411: http://vinepair.com/wine-101/guide-to-tannins/.
If you’ve ever wondered why wine doesn’t taste the same if you leave your glass on the counter overnight, it’s because once you’ve exposed it to the air, oxygen starts to mix with the wine and the taste is affected. Swirling it a little bit allows an initial mix of oxygen with the wine and releases some of the flavor when you’re getting ready to taste it.
News flash: All those differently shaped wine glasses … are they just for fancy show? Check out this article as a reference, but a camera was actually developed to photograph the vaporization process of various wines once they’re poured into a glass, and they’re not all the same. Because smell impacts taste in such a prominent way, it’s a good approach to use a wine glass that is shaped to favor the type of wine (and its vaporization process) that you’re providing in it.
And, this last one is a no-brainer. The grapes you use make all the variance. No matter if you’re making red wine, white wine, or mixing some new grape varietals together for a fresh combination, you’ll get a various taste. Guaranteed.
And one final side note to expect? Whether your wine is corked or not, because that alters the taste, too. To better understand what a “corked wine” is and how it takes place, take a look at this helpful article: http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/learning-to-sniff-out-corked-wine.
While you can’t leave your wine out in a hot car like you can with water, being mindful of these things will help you avoid opening a ruined bottle– cuz that’s always a disappointment. Keep it cool, be mindful of tannin, take care to not let it sit out, use the right stemware, and be sure to choose your favorite vintages that highlight the grapes you like most. Do those aspects, and you can’t fail.
And, if you’re interested in learning more about grape varietals, touring vineyards, and being exposed to new vino as you taste several combinations, contact us to schedule a wine tour today. This is an excellent activity to delight in with friends, and you can unwind and appreciate the vineyards while we attend to the driving. You can also enjoy Niagara Falls American Side with us!