Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Basic Wine Information

Everyone needs to know the basics of wine drinking regardless of how long they've been drinking it. Here are tips on selecting wine, the health aspects of wine, and storage of wine.

Wine tasting does not always mean tasting a varity wines with a group of people. It is to take the time to notice the aspects of the wine being tasted. There are four key aspects of a glass of wine:

  1. Appearance-The color of the wine when swirled in the glass

  2. Smell-usually fruit, floral or grass, wood or leather

  3. Taste-fruity, acidic, earthy

  4. Finish-the flavor of wine left after it leaves your mouth

Health Aspects

There are healthy aspects to wine drinking. The skins in red grapes contain resveratrol which helps reduce bad cholesterol and increases the good cholesterol in the body. There is also research which shows that antioxidants, such as those found in wine, may have a positive effect in cancer prevention.


While it may look great to store your wine in a stylish rack on top of the fridge or in a fancy piece of furniture somewhere in your home, it does not provide the environment that a bottle of wine needs to maintain good quality.

Unless you plan to drink your wine immediately after returning frome the store, you will need to store your wine. You don't need a wine cellar for great wine storage. You need coolness (around 55 degrees), darkness and stillness.

Whether you pay $10 or $100 for a bottle, you get the best value out of the wine if you have gathered a little basic wine information. The longer you drink wine, the more information you should gather.

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