Wine is something people become obsessed with. There are so many kinds from all over the world to taste and enjoy. Whether for relaxation or dinner, there are some simple tricks for storing and serving wine.
Below are some tips and tricks, many wine connoisseurs may already know, but if you are newly interested in wine, listen up! Next time you are hosting friends, knowing these things will give you enough latitude to give them an exquisite experience in the comfort of your home.
5. Fast Chilling
Popping wine in the freezer will chill it relatively quickly, but you can speed up the process. Use a wet dishtowel to wrap the bottle with that precious liquid.
Stick it to the fridge and get a chilled wine within minutes. The dampness works as a conductor and holds the cold far better than the bare bottle. The icy cold towel presses up against the bottle; it ensures that the entire is being chilled.
Did you know?
Smaller amounts of liquid take less time to chill. So, if you have to serve chilled wine and forgot the chilling, pour the wine into individual glasses, put them in the freezer!
4. Picking a Good Wine
How serious are you about your wines? This could be a good time to expand your range beyond the wine you know and love. Stop playing it safe! You can start by looking at the wines you don’t like. Let’s say you don’t like a Chardonnay with oak—that makes for a reasonable starting point, especially when you ask for advice in liquor stores. Draw on what you don’t like and expand on what you do like.
You can think of wine as you would food. To make a dish more to your liking, you may eliminate some of the usual ingredients. Have you ever had an unoaked Chardonnay, such as a Chablis? If you love that, then maybe it’s the oak you ought to eliminate!
3. To Decant or Not To Decant?
You should definitely decant! Here’s why. Decanting into a vessel gives the wine enough room to breathe. This happens when the air around the wine comes into contact with it. Decanters have wide bases to increase the ratio of wine to air instead of the wine just sitting there in the narrow, closed bottle space.
The wine then breaths and settles, altering its state. Components, such as tannin, which generally dries the mouth a bit, soften, allowing for a more complex aroma development. With that said, inexpensive wines can especially benefit from a decanter because they probably won’t taste as good as expensive ones.
2. Choosing the Right Glass
On a hot summer’s day, a chilled plastic cup of wine may be alright in some places, but generally, the glass matters! Your wine glasses should have some things in common. Look for a long stem and wide bowl with a narrow top. The tapering at the top allows for concentration on the aroma, while the bowl concentrates on swirling and control.
Different Glasses for Different Wines
White Wine should be served from a smaller glass than a red wine glass. The smaller the glass, the more preserved the delicate, subtle and floral aromas will be.
TIP: Keep your wine chilled longer by holding the stem of the glass.
Red Wine is served in glasses that have bigger bowls. The bigger bowls allow for more swirling around, which releases more of the elusive, complex aromas. The larger surface gives the wine more breathing space.
Have Sparkling Wine from a tall glass. These are called flute glasses. The flute’s narrowness helps to preserve the bubbles and keeps the aroma concentrated on the nose.
1. Time After Opening
After opening a bottle of wine, the time it will last depends on how well you store it. Wines that are fortified can last up to a month after opening, but most will last only three to five days.
Because of oxygenation, it will lose its freshness and that first potency. After the process of letting the wine breathe has been maximized, then oxygen is the wine’s worse enemy!
Therefore, a bottle of wine that only has one glass removed will serve longer than one that only has one glass left in the bottle. Oxygenation being the determining factor.
Here Are Some Quick Tips:
- Light white wines and rose wines will last up to five days maximum if kept in the fridge with a cork on.
- Full-bodied white wines will last three days in the fridge with a cork on.
- Red wines will last three to five days in a dark, cool place.
- Fortified wines will keep for a month in a dark and cool place as well.
There is so much to learn about wine, from the growers of the raw material to the distilleries, right up until it reaches our tables. Functions and potencies of wine are necessary things to know as you take on the adventure of becoming a wine connoisseur.
Wines are a huge part of the food industry. They provide us with exquisite experiences at the dining table and are incorporated into many dishes. Wine is something that brings people together and is meant to be savored and enjoyed. So, find your favorite one and savor every moment.