Learn to choose and drink white wines
The best alternative to muscat wines. Pronounced tropical fruits are present both in aroma and in taste: these are apricot, honey flowers, and also grassy and lemon notes in the background - let us trust sommelier, they really feel all this many-sided shades in every mouthful. It is drunk young and careless under non-meat dishes (salads, snacks), it is perfectly combined with fish and seafood.
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Countries and regions
New Zealand is the unmistakable choice in favor of a fruity and pleasant wine from Sauvignon Blanc. Definitely not disappoint South Africa and Chile. At the same time, choosing this wine, remember that it is frivolous and quite simple. And if you want to show a more informed attitude to wine, while not ready to drink something complicated, look in the wine list for the name Sancerre. These are elegant and fruity restrained wines from Sauvignon Blanc, which are produced in its historic homeland - in the Loire Valley, in France.This wine will be less scented in flavor, more balanced and have a long aftertaste.
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One of the most mineral and charming varieties. What does it mean? In the fragrance you will hear notes of citrus from grapefruit to lime, as well as green apple, duchess and wild flowers. In taste, it will tickle the tongue a little, as if there are bubbles, and ideally refresh on hot summer evenings. The best combination with food is vegetable appetizers, soft white cheeses, poultry, sushi and other seafood and fish dishes.
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Austria, France (the Alsace region is mandatory), Germany. Drink necessarily chilled and dream of the French Alps. This wine does not cost fabulously expensive, but will be the best alternative to the commonplace Pinot Grigio, Lambrusco and proseko. Riesling is often found not only dry, but also semi-dry, semisweet and sweet. Its unsurpassed acidity neutralizes the feeling of excess sugar, leaving only a pleasant sweetness.
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Almost always aged in barrels, which give the wine the aroma of vanilla, tobacco, and also give an oily texture - the drink flows down into a glass, forming a divorce.Compared to other white wines, Chardonnay is more alcoholic and heavy. Suitable for meat and poultry dishes with cream sauce, as well as pasta.
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Countries and regions
USA (California), Chile, Argentina and South Africa. Wines are inexpensive, usually more like guys. However, Chardonnay has a gender exception - French wine from the region of Burgundy. It was the local wines that were recognized as the “great style” standard. Particularly iconic are made in the towns of Côte de Beaune and Chablis, where this variety, in spite of everything, is mineral, elegant and more light. This beauty is much more expensive, and it is better to order it in serious restaurants, otherwise overpay for the pseudo-Burgundy. At the same time, be sure that you will receive the highest rating of a restaurant sommelier and the approval of your companion. Unless, of course, the latter understands the wine and has a budget.
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First thingtake a glass of wine by the foot closer to the base and begin to twist, considering its color, shade, transparency and the “bezel”.If the color is pale yellow, golden green, then the wine is young; if straw, amber, rich golden - seasoned.
Next, it should be noted how the wine spreads along the walls of the glass: liquid, meaning young or oily - aged in oak.
The next stage is called the "nose"- This is a "tasting" of flavors in several visits. The nose must be literally "shoved" deep into a glass and sniffed. This is the first nose. Then twist the wine for better interaction with oxygen and repeat the second and third time. Every time you discover new flavors, hues, notes and half tones. If your nose stubbornly "silent", then memorize the tips above, which describes the most characteristic flavors of each class.
Next, you need to taste the wine.You type in your mouth and roll, try to “chew” it, while noting the taste sensations (fruits, berries, flowers, spices, etc.) and taste characteristics: sour, tart, bitter, sweet, mineral, etc.
The last stage you are trying to understand how long the finish. Usually long aftertaste is considered when you feel the taste for more than 10 seconds.Accordingly, all that is less, will be medium or short.
It will help to impress wine connoisseur in amateurish circles (be careful: do not give a ride with professionals!):
- Balanced or rounded wine = harmonious combination of sour and tart;
- Elegant wine = expensive wine, significant;
- Wine mineral = impatient, fresh, slightly sour;
- Saturated or dense wine = tart, astringent;
- Good / bright aroma = wine clearly smells;
- Long aftertaste = the taste of wine is palpable for more than 10 seconds;
- Wine shows potential = wine is suitable for aging;
- Wine at the peak = it's time to drink this wine;
- Wine on the decline = this wine is late opened, perederzhali, alas.
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