Have you ever wandered aimless through the liquor store wine section unsure of which wine to buy?
Have you ever stared blankly at a restaurant’s wine menu and ended up ordering the wine that is easiest to pronounce?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, we are on the same page. Wine is a scary and intimidating substance that I plan on becoming best friends with.
On Cloud Wine is your one-stop wine information blog for those who know nothing about wine.
My goal is to expand my wine vocabulary from white, red, and rosé to chardonnay, merlot, and zinfandel.
Wine has been around since before I was born – 6,000 B.C. to be exact. You can thank the Ancient Greeks and Armenians for inventing wine. Throughout antiquity wine had a role in religion, medicine, and social purposes – however today it is mostly only used for the latter.
Wine is made from fermented grapes, yeast, and sulfur. Italy, France, and Spain are the top three wine producing countries in the world. There are hundreds of different types of wine varieties, but the five main types are:
Now that we know the basics, here are a few wine faux pas to remember:
- Do not hold your wine glass from its bowl – this will warm the wine beyond its intended temperature.
- Do not let the neck of the bottle touch the wine glass to avoid vino treachery. The wine should fall through the air into the centre of the glass to aid in the release of aromas and aeration.
- Do not put ice in white wine. Diluting white wine with ice is as offensive as putting ketchup on a steak.
- Do not fill your glass more than half way. A full glass not only increases your chance for spillage, but limits your ability to swirl and release the wine’s aromas.
That’s all for now! Follow me and my blog as I venture through the big wide world of wine.