The Right Ways to Drinking, Serving, and Storing Red Wine
Drinking red wine can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be intimidating for those who are not familiar with the nuances of wine tasting and serving. In this blog post, we will explore the basics of how to drink red wine, including the proper way to taste, serve, and store red wine.
First, let's talk about the proper way to taste red wine. The key to wine tasting is to take small sips and to let the wine linger in your mouth before swallowing. This will allow you to fully experience the wine's flavors and aromas. As you taste the wine, pay attention to its color, aroma, and taste. Look at the wine's color and clarity, and take note of any sediment or cloudiness. Then, give the wine a good swirl in the glass to release its aromas. Take a deep sniff and see if you can identify any specific fruit, spice, or earthy aromas. Finally, take a sip and let the wine linger in your mouth for a moment before swallowing. Pay attention to the wine's texture, tannins, acidity, and finish.
When it comes to serving red wine, there are a few key things to keep in mind. The first thing to consider is the wine's temperature. Red wine should be served at room temperature, which is generally between 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit. If the wine is too cold, it will not release its full aroma and flavor. If the wine is too warm, it will become overly alcoholic and lose its complexity.
The next thing to consider is the wine's decanting. Decanting is the process of pouring the wine from the bottle into a separate container, usually a decanter, in order to separate the wine from any sediment. Decanting also helps to aerate the wine, which can release its aromas and soften its tannins. A wine with a high tannin content benefits from decanting.
When it comes to the glassware, it's important to choose the right glass for the wine. Different types of wine glasses are designed to enhance the wine's specific characteristics. Generally, a wine glass with a larger bowl and narrower rim is best for red wine. This allows the wine to breathe and releases its aroma.
Finally, let's talk about storing red wine. Once a bottle of red wine is opened, it should be consumed within a few days, as it will begin to lose its flavor and aroma. If you can't finish the bottle within a few days, you can store it in the refrigerator, but it should be consumed within a week. If you have a half-full bottle, you can also use a wine stopper or vacuum pump to remove the air from the bottle, which will help to preserve the wine's flavor and aroma.
In conclusion, drinking red wine can be a wonderful experience, but it's important to know the proper way to taste, serve, and store red wine. By following these tips, you can fully experience the wine's flavors and aromas and enjoy the wine to its fullest. Remember to have fun and experiment with different types of red wine to find your personal preference.