White Wine Recommendations: Some of the best whites wines for the money are coming over
from New Zealand; There are also some excellent inexpensive French white wines from the
Loire valley; Italian Pinot Grigio's are still a great bargain, despite their
growing popularity. Finally, Vinho Verde a Portuguese wine is quite inexpensive and is a very refreshing wine to drink
especially in the hot summer.
Red Wine Recommendations: French Burgundy wines are truly great, but unfortunately
they are expensive; Italian Barolo wines are also usually great red wines, but
again quite expensive; However, Italian Chianti's are much improved from the old straw days and often
When trying wines from different regions of the United States - try some of the local
varietals. For instance, try a Chambourcin or Chancellor (red wines), Vidal or Seyval (white wines). These
grapes grow well in the Mid-Atlantic region and usually produce a quality wine at a price that is almost always less
than the locally grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Chardonnay.
Simple rules: drink young white wines - 1 to 3 years old; drink red wines - 5 to 10 years old,
and only a few red wines (Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, & Pinot Noir) last more than 10 years. Once opened, red wines should be finished within a day or
two, while white wines can last a few weeks in the refrigerator. White wine is usually served in a small wine glass that has a long stem which allows
a person to hold the drink without warming the wine. Serve red wine in a larger and wider wine glass and leave at least one quarter of the glass empty
to allow the wine to breathe.
When is comes to choosing Champagne or Port wines, there are some good alternatives. However,
the best Champagne wines usually come from the Champagne region of France and the best Port wines usually come from Porto
region in Portugal!
When tasting wines my recommendation is to sample the dry wines before tasting any sweet, semi-sweet, or dessert wines.
What wine to serve with a meal: Most white wines work will compliment most any food,
whereas choosing red wines can be a lot more complicated, however dry red wines with chocolate or strong cheeses is very
To avoid headaches, for every glass of wine your drink, drink 1 glass of water!
Useful Wine Links:
- WINE LOVERS PAGE- The oldest, largest and most popular independent
wine-appreciation site on the World Wide Web.
- THE WINE SKINNY - An online magazine that is committed to making wine fun and accessible to everyone -- novice and expert alike.
- DAMNGOODWINE- A good source for wines and wine information. Including wine reviews, lessons, products, tours,
basically... all things wine.
- WINEX MAGAZINE- Online site for one of the more trendy wine magazines.
- WINEANSWERS.COM- Provides quick, helpful information on all aspects of wine enjoyment.
- INTERNET WINE GUIDE- Provides access to most major wine sites around the world.
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