Wine 101: What is Wine?
Humans have been enjoying the delights of wine for centuries. Some historians say the story of humanity is all about wine. We aren’t so sure about that, but what is wine? How does this sugary juice become the bottles that we know and love? Learn the basic process of the world’s most polarizing beverage at our Wine 101.
How it’s Made: Wine Styles
From red to white (and even orange!) and sparkling to still- there is a wonderful array of wine styles today. Learn more about how each style gets from the vineyard to your glass! Our Guide to Important Wine Styles.
Imbibing: How to Taste
We all love drinking wine. I mean, why else would you be here? However, tasting wine and drinking wine are two very different things. In this section, we go over the basic steps wine professionals and enthusiasts use to break down what is happening in your glass! How to taste wine the sommelier way!
Speaking Wine: Vocabulary
The world of wine has its own language. Check out our glossary of useful wine terms!
Wine Basics: Grape Varietals
There are thousands of different grape varieties in the world. Most of us know about fan favorites (Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, etc.), but there are so many that the common drinker has never even heard of. Grape Varietals.
All About Wine
Welcome to the wine lovers’ community! Sommeliers are often asked about wine. Which wine is best for dinner parties? Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc: what’s the difference? Of course, there’s the classic question: red or white?
Today, let’s talk about wine, from grape varieties to regions to food pairings. This article has something for everyone, whether you are a wine newbie or an expert.
Let’s start with grape varieties. Different grape varieties are used to make wine, each with its own characteristics. For example, Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its bold flavors and tannins, while Pinot Noir is lighter and more delicate. Chardonnay is a popular white wine grape known for its rich, buttery flavors, while Sauvignon Blanc is lighter and more acidic.
Now, let’s talk about regions. Wine can be produced in various regions worldwide, each with its own unique terroir. For example, the Napa Valley in California is known for its bold Cabernet Sauvignons, while the Champagne region in France produces some of the world’s best sparkling wines.
Food pairings are also an important aspect of wine. There are a few basic rules to follow when pairing food and wine. For example, white wines generally pair well with lighter dishes like seafood or chicken, while red wines are better suited for heartier dishes like beef or lamb. However, there are always exceptions to these rules, so don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works for you.
So, there you have it – all about wine from the vantage point of a sommelier. Remember, wine is all about personal taste, so don’t be afraid to try new things and find what you like. Whether you prefer red or white, bold or delicate, there’s wine for everyone.
So, go ahead and pour yourself a glass, sit back, and enjoy the wonderful world of wine. Cheers!