Stepping into the world of wine is a surreal feeling. For many people around the globe, wine has become an acquired taste. However, if you are new to the concept of wine tasting and drinking, you might want to ease into it slowly.
To really understand the texture and feel of wines, you need some insight and knowledge on the concept and flavours of wine. Therefore, if you have recently purchased, some authentic-looking wine glasses, you might want to immediately try out some fancy wines.
But, wait there! All the wine enthusiasts of the world firstly study their wines before going out to purchase their choice of beverage. So, today, we are going to jot down 6 types of wines you can try out with your authentic wine glasses.
However, before addressing the topic at hand, let’s quickly review some factors that determine the taste and texture of wines.
So, without wasting time, let’s get started!
As you all may be aware of wine is basically fermented grape juice. Now, the thing that gives wine its flavour and texture depends on the type of grapes, the vintner’s technique and the wine storage, that determines its aging.
At its bare minimum, all wine really is, is fermented grape juice. What gives the wine its body, aroma and flavour characteristics depend on the blend of grapes, the vintner’s technique, and how the wine is stored while its aging. Anyway, for the wine tasters who are trying out this beverage for the first time, it is best to stick to simple wines, so that the under taste and tone doesn’t fall too hard on the taste buds. We generally recommend unsoaked wines like Barbera and Pinot Grigio.
Now, wine has several layers of flavouring depending on the type of wine use. For example, red wines have a dark fruity tone with hints of cherries, tobacco and berries. White wine on that other hand flaunt flavours such as spice, toast, apples, pears, and citrus fruits.
If you really want to delve into the world of wine, it is crucial that you understand the art of wine aromatics. To become a real expert, you need to differentiate between subtle aromatic notes within your wines. Now, if you’re just understanding about drinking wine, just knowing the basics is enough. Aromatics depend on several factors like terroir, grapes, age of wine etc.
For first timers, the ideal kind of wines are Grenache, and Viognier.
Have you ever heard your peers refer something as the “mouth feel” of a wine”? If you have, you should know that they are referring to the viscosity of the wine. This means, how heavy the wine feels in one’s mouth. For beginner wine lovers, it is best to go for wines that are light on the mouth, for example, Sauvignon Blanc or the Beaujolais Nouveau.
Many wine drinkers who start just recently start off prefer wines with more sweetness than dryness. However, this does not mean, that your wine must be syrupy sweet; it just means that its not dry enough to make the mouth pucker.
Anyway, many wine makers develop wines in a wide variety of sweetness that focuses on residual sugar, varietal grapes, alcohol content and flavours. Therefore, sweetness here ranges from whites like Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon, to dry reds. Even sweet dessert wines like port wines are popular. For basic beginners, it is recommended that one use fewer dry wines like Pinot Noir or Moscato d’Asti.
On that note, now that you are aware of what to keep in mind when it comes to start with wines, time to take out your fancy wine glasses, because we are here to show you some ideal beverages to drink in your wine glasses.
We hope you’re ready!
Mostly it is a matter of individual preference whether one likes to start their wine drinking with white or reds. However, experts suggest, it is best to start with white wine as these are lighter and easier on a palate than reds. Given below are few good options for starter white wines.
- Moscato d’Asti
One of Italy’s best, the Moscato d’Asti is an off-dry white wine, which features flavours of almonds, apricots, features a juicy and crispy sweet sip, which tickles the senses as you drink it. This one is ideal for one of those fancy bar ware glasses you own. You can even check out glasses from online stores like Ellementry to compliment this Moscato d’Asti.
- Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio are one of the most popular white wines out there in the market. These are light crisp, bodied and excel in flavour and finish characteristics. For best results, we recommend you try Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio.
- Sauvignon Blanc
Another light bodied wine you can try for a first timer is the Sauvignon Blanc. This one radiates a flavouring of citrus, kiwi, and summer. It is refreshing and ideal for a warm day. For tasting this wine best, you can try a bottle of Kim Crawford.
The Riesling is another good dry white wine to try! This one is loved by all owing to is sharp citrusy mineral flavouring, light body and acidity. For best results, you can try the German Riesling, the Columbia Cellermaster’s Riesling from the Washington State Bottle.
Red wines are stronger, and therefore, it is best to start with simple reds. On that note, check out our last two recommendations.
- Pinot Noir
The Pinot Noir is medium to light bodied and is super food-friendly and easy to drink. Thus, even if you aren’t necessarily a red wine lover, this is one wine that will surely make you happy. For a good drinking experience, you can try the Devil’s Corner from Tamar Ridge, Lindeman’s Bin 99, or the McMurray Ranch Pinot Noir.
Syrah is quite like its Australian sibling, Shiraz. The Australian Shirazs are a little on the peppery side while the Syrah has a fruitier undertone. For the best kind of Syrah, you can try a bottle of Eaglepoint Ranch and Qupe Central Coast. However, if you are looking to try some Shiraz, then opt for d’Arenberg or Penfold’s.
Well, there you go! These cover the 6 kind of beverages ideal for home bars. On that note, why don’t you try these drinks out! Just ensure you have the right kind of glassware for complimenting these authentic wines. For details on glassware, you can check out some good online stores in your locality. For best results, we suggest you go for Ellementry. They flaunt the best collection of glassware, ideal for authentic wines.