Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes, sometimes even from other fruits. There are different types and styles of wine, including red, white, rosé, sparkling, and sweet wines. Each wine type comes with specific characteristics in terms of taste, color, and aroma. Wine can be enjoyed as part of different occasions, events, or meals. Wine lovers often attend wine tastings, visit wineries, or age wine to enhance its flavors and aromas.
National Wine Day is celebrated annually on May 25 and is a well-known holiday among foodies and gourmets. No matter what you decide to do, whether it is a wine tasting at your house, or an evening of professionally paired food and wine, the celebration begins when the cork is popped. Cheers!
Red wine is made from different varieties of grapes. Among the many red wine grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Malbec, and Zinfandel are some of the most well-known. Red wine can be served at different temperatures depending on personal preference, but it is typically served at room temperature. Usually dry red wine is paired with red meat, cheeses, and other hearty foods. The term "dry" when referring to red wine means that there is a low residual sugar content in the wine. This can make the wine taste less sweet and more acidic.
When drinking red wine, the glass size and shape can make a difference. A larger glass with a wide opening can allow the wine's aroma to be more pronounced, while a smaller glass can focus on the aroma and taste. There is the Bordeaux glass: for strong and tannic red wines. The voluminous capacity gives the wine the necessary space to evolve. And there is the Burgundy glass: for aromatic, fruit-driven red wines like a Pinot Noir that feel comfortable in thick-bellied glasses. Of course, you don’t need to have every specific red wine glass, you pick the one that fits your drinking preference or choose a universal red wine glass like our favorite TAC Red wine glass.
White wine is a popular type of wine that is made from white grapes. There are several varieties of white wine, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Moscato. Chardonnay is a full-bodied white wine that is known for its rich, buttery flavor. It is often paired with fish, seafood, and poultry dishes. Sauvignon Blanc is a light and crisp white wine that typically has a fruity flavor with a hint of herbaceousness. It pairs well with light dishes such as salads and seafood. Pinot Grigio is a dry white wine that has a light, refreshing taste with a hint of citrus. It is typically paired with light meals such as fish, chicken, or pasta dishes. But what have all white wine in common? They are a perfect companion to every kind of cheese.
A glass of white wine is usually served chilled and can be enjoyed on its own or with food. It is often served with meals that are light and fresh, such as salads or seafood. Sweet white wine such as Moscato or Gewurztraminer that are known for its fruity flavor and are therefore good companions for dessert as well as with spicy food. There are less different shapes of white wine glasses compared with red wine glasses. Basically, white wine glasses are smaller than red wine glasses and mostly only wine connaisseurs differ between shape and size. Rosenthal TAC White Wine Riesling is a good example for a larger white wine glass with a concave shape of the chalice.
Sparkling wine comes in many different types, such as prosecco, the Spanish cava, or most known “champagne” produced only in France. Each sparkling wine has its distinct characteristics, from the grape variety used to the method of production, and the taste can range from dry and crisp to fruity and sweet. To fully appreciate the effervescence and aroma of this bubbly beverage, it is best to serve it chilled in a special glass, such as a flute or a goblet.
Just as there are many types of sparkling wine, there are many glasses. Each has its own taste profile. Using the right glass can make a big difference, especially if you drink more affordable sparkling wine, you may prefer flute-style glasses. Why? Because in champagne flutes or goblets, which are narrow, tulip-shaped, a steady stream of fizz keeps the wine’s surface bubbles intact, which preserves the carbonation and flavor.
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