While it’s a favorite for special occasions, 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.
Temperature. Although they both begin with wine is not like water when it comes to disregarding temperature. If you drink a glass of warm water, it doesn’t alter the condition of the water in any way, except that it’s warmer. However, 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 squeezed, the juice can saturate with the grape skins, and the length of time that the skins and juice marinate together ascertains the tannin of a wine. The tannin impacts 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/.
Oxidation of the wine. 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 taste and the wine 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.
The kind of glass you use. News flash: All those various way shaped wine glasses … are they merely for fancy show? No! Look at this article as a referral, but a camera was actually developed to photograph the vaporization process of numerous wines once they’re poured into a glass, and they’re not all the same. Because smell affects taste in such a prominent way, it’s a good idea to use a wine glass that is molded to favor the kind of wine (and its vaporization process) that you’re serving in it. (If you’re interested in reading a little more on this, check this out: http://winefolly.com/tutorial/the-importance-of-a-proper-wine-glass/.)
The grapes you use make all the difference. Whether you’re making red wine, white wine, or mixing some new grape varietals together for a fresh combination, you’ll get a different taste.
And one final side note to look for? Whether your wine is corked or not that has an effect on the taste, too. To better understand what a “corked wine” is and how it transpires, take a look at this helpful article: http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/learning-to-sniff-out-corked-wine.
Hence, 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 minimize opening a ruined bottle– cuz that’s always a frustration. Maintain it cool, be mindful of tannin, and make sure to not let it sit out, use the right stemware, and be sure to purchase your favorite vintages that highlight the grapes you like most. Do those things and you can’t make a mistake.
And, if you’re fascinated in learning more about grape varietals, touring vineyards, and being introduced to new vino as you taste several combinations, call us to schedule a wine tour today. This is an excellent activity to enjoy with friends, and you can relax and take pleasure in the vineyards while we manage the driving!