3 Fall Wine and Appetizer Pairings You Need in Your Life

(guest post, by Jay Deratany)

Summer food and drink is a no-brainer – throw a burger on the grill, crack open a beer and you’re good to go. It’s too hot to get too complicated with your menus.

But as the temperatures drop and the Halloween decorations start going up, we begin craving more satisfying and thoughtful food and drink. We want rich flavors and warm, nostalgic dishes that bring a bit of comfort as we wistfully wish summer farewell.

So, as you begin planning your autumn soirees and cozy nights at home by the fire, consider giving these delicious wine and small plate pairings a try.

 

SquashGewürztraminer & Squash Dip

When you think of fall, you think of the old Thanksgiving cornucopia, brimming with beautiful ripe squash. And for good reason – butternut squash is at its very best in the autumn months. And the cool climate, Lychee-sweet Gewürztraminer with its floral aromas is perfect for rich, nutty butternut squash.

A homemade dip is always impressive, despite how easy it is to make, and this squash-based recipe is no exception. It’s unpretentious but several grades above a store-bought hummus, and it will be a scrumptious accompaniment to a chilled glass of Gewürztraminer.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut a 2-pound squash in half length-wise, scoop out seeds and cut an onion into quarters.
  3. Brush the cut sides of the onion, squash and 4 cloves of garlic with olive oil and arrange (cut sides down) on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes at 350°F.
  5. Let cool slightly and then scoop out the squash and put in food processer along with onions.
  6. Squeeze garlic cloves in and blend until it’s smooth and creamy.
  7. Add 2 tablespoons sour cream, ¾ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon each of ground red pepper & ground black pepper.
  8. Serve warm with pita chips or toasted French bread and enjoy!

 

RieslingRiesling & Roasted Apple and Brie Bruschetta

Apples are always a good bet with sweetly crisp white wines, but during the autumn season apples are truly a treat. We’re particularly fond of the Honeycrisp variety – it’s prettily pink and tastes like what you hope every apple you ever bit into will taste like: tartly sweet and juicily crisp. So it’s the perfect partner for an aromatic Riesling that isn’t too sweet.

And, of course, Brie cheese is a natural friend of apples, so this simple bruschetta is a great way to let each delicious element shine in its natural state. After all, when you have high-quality ingredients that are in-season, you don’t need to do much to them to enjoy.

  1. Cut a crusty baguette into slices, brush with olive oil and toast in the oven.
  2. Slice up 2 apples & sprinkle with ½ tablespoon sugar and ½ tablespoon cinnamon.
  3. Spread on baking sheet and bake at 425°F for 15-20 minutes (until caramelized).
  4. Put a slice of Brie on each piece of warm toast and top with apple slices.
  5. Serve & wait for the compliments to roll in.

 

BeaujolaisBeaujolais Nouveau & Wrapped Figs with Camembert

You probably associate the light, juicy Beaujolais Nouveau with Thanksgiving and that’s because it’s a bright French wine that’s always released in November. The best way to enjoy Beaujolais is slightly chilled and right away – it’s bottled young and meant to be drunk that way as well. The creamy, buttery French Camembert cheese brings out its flavors beautifully.

And the best way to do Camembert in the fall is with in-season figs and pancetta. The recipe is a take on bacon-wrapped figs, but a bit more interesting. Just don’t be surprised if the easy-as-pie finger food is the talk of the party and your guests are hounding you for the recipe.

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Split open as many figs as you’d like to use.
  3. Stuff each fig with a piece of Camembert.
  4. Use 2 pieces of pancetta to wrap each fig.
  5. Place figs on baking sheet and bake for just 5-6 minutes, until pancetta is golden and cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from oven and drizzle with a bit of port wine, balsamic vinegar.
  7. Sprinkle with basil or thyme before serving.

The start of fall is always a bit bittersweet. Though it’s sad to see another summer end, most of us secretly enjoy pulling out our cozy sweaters and feeling the energizing brisk air. Plus, as the leaves start to change we can start enjoying our favorite hearty foods and the plethora of wonderful fruits and vegetables that come into their prime during the harvest season.

Whether it’s for a Sunday football game or just a chilly weeknight when you need a pick-me-up, you’ll love these tasty autumnal pairings to get you in the fall mood.

Jay DeratanyAs the owner of The Kirby, a wine bar and boutique hotel in Saugatuck, MI, Jay Deratany is passionate about hospitality. But hotel owner is not the only hat he wears – Jay is also the owner of a law firm, a human rights activist and an indie film producer. When he happens to find some spare time, he enjoys writing articles about the good things in life: travel, food and wine. Connect with Jay on Google+ and athttp://www.TheKirbyHotel.com

Vineyards In Georgia

Wine CellarOnce you are here, in the Yonah Mountain Vineyards in Georgia, you’ll know why the locals are smiling. When we offer you a glass of our wine, you’ll realize that you will be holding something as impressive as our mountain landscape. This may be the Peach State, but grapes are our passion here at Yonah Mountain Vineyards, and the clusters in our vineyards produce some of the finest wines, which are gaining recognition as the emergence of North Georgia as a prominent wine region.

Come and enjoy a perfect day in Georgia, and discover the passion that you’ve been missing, by a enjoying a day of wine tasting here in the Yonah Mountain vineyards in Georgia.

In 2005, a 197-acre farm property located between Cleveland and Helen in White County, Georgia, was purchased after laying fallow for more than 40 years. Yonah Mountain Vineyards in GA was then founded by Bob and Jane Miller in North Georgia after extensive research including the help of a consulting team from Napa Valley and the University of Georgia. The research results indicated that North Georgia was perfect for growing fabulous wine grapes. So we set up our vineyard in Georgia.

Following Bob’s career in the financial services industry, Bob and Jane Miller took their interest in fine wines to the next level. They talked to growers and wine makers both in Georgia and Napa Valley and consulted with a wine professor. They read and studied as much as they could before working with consulting companies and the White County Extension Office to find the perfect location for Yonah Mountain Vineyards in GA. They think of this Vineyard in GA as the family farm, and share that vision with their family as often as possible. It is their hope that their kids and grandkids will want to be a part of Yonah Mountain vineyards in Georgia someday.

Our mountains provide the perfect place to escape the ordinary and embrace the exceptional. You can be active in your pursuit of outdoor excursions from golfing and mountain biking to back-country hiking, camping, and rafting. We also boast some of the best places for relishing relaxation and indulgence. Experience a stay at one of our Cabins in Helen at Gabby’s Cabins, browse our antique stores and local art galleries, and savor the cuisine of both casual and fine dining options nestled in our North Georgia wine country. Clarkesville is nearby and offers a fine choice of restaurants such as Pueblos, one of our finest Mexican Restaurants, or enjoy some evening entertainment at Natalie Janes, who run some great entertainment whilst you enjoy your evening meal.

Our mountains combine the perfect terrain, soil, drainage, and elevation necessary for our vineyards to produce wines that reveal this “sense of place,” or terroir, which separates our wines from those made in other geographically diverse regions. Our soil composition is very much like that of Italy’s Piedmont region, which produces some of the most prestigious wines in the world. Come taste what happens when Georgia sunshine and mountain soils meet Viognier and Merlot grapes…we’re certain that you’ll be smiling, too.

Georgia Alcohol Laws

Please be sure to adhere to Georgia’s alcohol-related laws. The legal drinking age in the state is 21.

Also Georgia law criminalizes driving with a blood alcohol concentration at or above .08 percent; and state law makes it illegal to have any open container of alcohol in the passenger compartment of a vehicle. Be sure to have a non-drinking, designated driver along to ensure a safe tour, to adhere to the laws, and to have a truly enjoyable experience.

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Understanding The Basic Of Wine Making – Types Of Wine

grapes-276070_640Wine can be categorized in many different ways — level of dryness, color, the region where the grapes were grown, or which meal you would have it with. Some reds may be sweet and some whites may be dry, so one wine of a certain type may not taste the same as the rest, but they can usually fall into general categories.

Wine Color

The easiest and most simple way to categorize wine is by the colour. There are red wines, white wines, and you also have sparkling and blush wines. Red wines obtain their color and generally more bitter flavors by leaving the skins, seeds, and stems in the fermenting vat during the wine making process. Blush wine can be obtained by removing the skins early in the fermentation process.

White wines usually have a sweeter, lighter flavor, while reds are more complex and robust. Sparkling wines, such as Champagne, are made fizzy through a carbonation process. Classifying wine by these categories can be quick and easy — you can tell at first glance which type you’re looking at (but it can be occasionally misleading when determining the potential flavor of a wine).

Grape Region

The grape varietal that a wine is made with is another popular classification method. Grape varieties such as Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon can give many clues as to what taste to expect from a particular wine. Darker grapes are generally used for red wines as the wine gets its color from the skin, but whites can be made from any color of grape — the juice within is always clear.

Sweet to Dry

While white wines are usually sweeter and reds more bitter or dry, the tastes can be reversed in some cases. Riesling and Muscat are generally lighter types of white while Chardonnay is a drier flavour. With red wine, Cabernets are drier and Merlots can be fairly sweet.

Wines with Meals

Wine can be grouped into four categories when it comes to serving with food. Aperitifs are wines you would serve as a cocktail or with an appetizer course and would usually be a sweeter variety. Dinner wines can be reds or whites and should be paired with the main course as to not overpower the meal.

Dessert wines are usually heavier, much sweeter wines that should be served as a finish to a meal or with a dessert as a nice accompaniment. Port and Sherry are both good examples of common dessert wines. Sparkling wine, such as Champagne, can also be served as an appetizer, with dinner or dessert, or on its own.

Regardless of how you classify a wine, the flavours and aromas can greatly vary and tasting a specific bottle will be the only way to get the true idea of its flavor. These categories are still useful in pointing you in the right direction when deciding on a type of wine to purchase or taste.

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What To Serve With Chardonnay

sunset-114666_640The world-renowned Chardonnay wine is extracted from a specific kind of grape known in the grape growing and wine industry as the Chardonnay grape. While throughout the world people know how to grow grapes of this kind, they are most popularly grown in the Burgundy region of France. They are used to make excellent white wine. The original taste of the grapes is actually not that distinct and strong. This gave wine makers the freedom to create their own trademark taste and brand.

You might be confused with what is the best food that goes with Chardonnay wine. But nonetheless, it can still be done. Listed below are the best kinds of food and dishes that you can pair with that perfect bottle of Chardonnay.

  1. Creamy sauces – Dishes that have cream based sauces go particularly well with Chardonnay. Especially sauces that have chicken in them. The delicate taste of the chicken, when cooked just right will not overpower the delicate Chardonnay grape tastes, allowing you to experience the best that the wine has to offer.
  2. Seafood – Fish such as salmon and seafood like oysters help to bring out the excellent flavor of citrus that the Chardonnay grape is famous for. Of course, seafood needs to be cooked just right, with just the right amount of spices to neutralize its strong flavor and not overpower the wine.
  3. Subtle pork dishes – Subtle pork dishes like that from the Caribbean can also go perfect with that bottle of Chardonnay. This is because food from the Caribbean is normally subtle and not very spicy. When paired with that fruity Chardonnay grape taste, you can turn that meal into something that you will remember for a very long time.
  4. Fruits – Wines are best paired with foods that basically have the same tastes. Since Chardonnay has the flavor of fruit, it’s an excellent wine to serve with fresh fruit like apple slices or cut mangoes.
  5. Cheeses – Another serving suggestion is smoked cheese, examples of which are Gouda and Jack cheeses. These cheeses are good since they do not leave a strong aftertaste that could reduce the ability to taste the Chardonnay grape flavor.
  6. And last but not least – Just drink Chardonnay by itself! For the best taste it should be chilled to a temperate of 55 degrees Fahrenheit. If the wine is colder than this, it can numb your tongue preventing you from truly enjoying it’s taste.

Bonus Tip – Stay away from tomato based dishes. Tomato sauces have a sharp and very acidic taste that does not blend well with the subtle and buttery taste of the Chardonnay grape.

So if you want to enjoy that meal to its fullest, make sure that you have the perfect wine that with it that will complement the flavor and the taste of your food. As what most wine experts used to say, a good meal should be about a well synchronized dance between your choice of wine and your dish.

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White Wine Grape Varieties That Are Popular

VineyardWhite wines come from the grape varieties around the world that produce these various types of wine. The grape varieties that yield white wine tend to come from the cooler regions of the world, as opposed to the red wine grape varieties that thrive in warm climates. However, some of these grape varieties come out of South Africa, which is deep into the southern hemisphere. There are many cool days and nights there as well.

While red wines are rich in texture and flavor, white wines are quite the opposite. They have a light body and a subtle taste as well. They are generally served with chicken and fish. They can be enjoyed at any time of year, but because of their light and refreshing taste, they are welcome and wonderful during the hot summer months. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most popular white grape wine varieties.

  1. The Chardonnay Grape: This grape is grown throughout the world and as a result it produces probably the most popular white wine of all, known by the same name. The white Burgundy wine of France is also made of these grapes. It tends to produce a wine that is rich and has a buttery taste. This wine goes well with seafood and poultry, and because these grapes are so plentiful, Chardonnay wine doesn’t cost very much to buy.
  2. The Pinot Gris Grape: These grapes are used for the Pinot Grigio wine out of Italy. The wines that come from these grapes are of a medium body, and they have a wonderful floral/fruity taste. This wine goes wonderful with poultry, seafood, and spicy food. This wine is best served chilled for maximum flavor.
  3. Riesling: This grape is known for being produced out of Germany. The grape grows in the cooler parts of the world, such as Germany, and across northern Europe, such as the Alsace region of France, which borders Germany. These grapes make a dry to semi dry wine that is very sweet. Riesling is very popular, and the wine is very easy to find.
  4. Scheurebe: These wine grape varieties are grown almost always in Germany. They produce a wine that is crispy and fruity. You’ll also detect a hint of dark berries in the taste. Due to their flavor profile, these grapes produce a wine that would go well with seafood.
  5. The Chenin Blanc Grape: These are very high yielding wine grape varieties. They are grown in South Africa, France, and the U.S. in California. The wine produced from these grapes is very crispy and acidic. This wine is best served with a light snack or meal.

When one is serving a white wine that has been produced from wine grape varieties, one should serve the wine chilled. These make wonderful light wines for summer dinners, and for social events.

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Excellent Red Wine Grapes

Close-up of woman gardener holding grape and wood bucketRed wines are rich wines that come from a variety of red grapes that grow all over the world. Depending upon the terrain of the earth that yields the grapes, the flavors of the grapes will produce wines that might vary wildly in flavor, but are all very tasty just the same.

The wine grape varieties that produce the wines that we love are grown in the U.S., Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Chile, and in other smaller regions. Here is a look at five of the wine grape varieties that produce some of the best red wines on the market, past and present.

  1. Durif: Dr. Durif, a French doctor, developed this grape in the 1800s. He created this wine, by mutating the breed with another wine grape. The Syrah and Pelourisn grapes were bred together to produce the Durif grape. When these two wine grape varieties were blended together, they formed a wine that is known as the Petit Sirah, especially in the U. S. California produces this grape in abundance mainly due to it’s warm weather. This grape was also used to produce Burgundy wines from 1950 to the 1970s.
  2. Merlot: This grape is combined with Cabernet Sauvignon to produce the Merlot wine. It is famous for it’s soft finish and berry flavor. It’s dry and very rich. Merlot goes really well with rich meats, and although it’s great all year long, it goes especially well with heavy winter meals. These grapes are a bit more fragile than other wine grape varieties, and they can develop problems with mold easier than some other wine grape varieties.
  3. The Pinot Noir Grape: This is a challenging grape for wine production. It needs just the right conditions to thrive including the right about of sunshine in the day and a cooler temperature at night. It produces a wine that taste of cherries and strawberries. It can be consumed with along with many different types of food.
  4. Sangiovese: You can find this grape growing in the northernmost parts of Italy. The Chianti wine is produced from this grape. The wine is very smooth and is a popular addition to many different varieties of meals but it goes the best with rich Tuscan cuisine such as pasta. These grapes are often mixed with Cabernet Sauvignon to produce even more flavor in the resulting wine.
  5. The Grignolino Grape: This grape is primarily grown and enjoyed in the Piedmont region of Italy. It produces one of the wine varieties that is best enjoyed while it is young. These wines are best enjoyed with beef, and with light to medium flavored snacking meats and cheeses. You’ll rarely find this wine grape growing anywhere else in the world . This is a wine grape variety that is extremely rare to find outside of its home region.

There are many more grape varieties that produce the wine that we enjoy. While the label on the wine bottle generally mentions only the primary grape used in the wine production, often other grapes are blended together to enhance or modify the flavor and to produce unique tasting wines.

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Make Your Own Wine At Home

cork-20096_1280There are several advantages to making your own homemade wine. You can make it just the way you want and save money at the same time. Not to mention the satisfaction you’ll get from the process. This activity has gained popularity among many people recently too. It is easy to produce some top-quality wines with the right instruction. There are many options to choose from for this information too.

Many online websites have much needed tips and tricks on the wine making at home. If these are not enough information for you though to get started there are many books available on the subject too.

Of course, it always helps to have someone show you how to make homemade wine who does it themselves, but not everyone knows someone who does it. If you happen to use online resources or books to learn wine making, just be sure you have chosen a reliable source, it has all the information that you need and it is easy to understand.

You need to know all the equipment needed to set up for wine making for one thing. Any hobby cannot be enjoyed to the fullest without the right tools. It’s important to choose quality over price when purchasing equipment. This will ensure that it functions as expected during the process of making wine.

Decide what type of wine you will be making, and whether you are using fresh fruits or concentrates for the process. It is important to know this before you choose a recipe. The amount of sugar will change depending on the recipe you choose.

When you look at your recipes for wine making at home you might be a bit confused about why you need all the ingredients you do. The various ingredients all play their part in making the wine come together. Sugar for instance, helps the wine be either dry or sweet depending on how much is put in among other things. Let’s look at some of the other ingredients and see what their roles are in forming the final outcome of the wine.

Yeast is required for fermentation. It is used to convert the sugar to wine.

Yeast nutrient is needed to give energy to your yeast. This ensures that the fermentation actually takes place and produces the expected alcohol. In some cases a yeast energizer is called for in place of the yeast nutrient depending on the fruits you are using.

The wine’s sharpness is controlled by the acid blend.

Pectic enzyme is added to break the fruit down and this in turns ensures the wine has more flavor. It also provides clarity to the wine.

Wine tannin is used for clarification and improved aging.

Campden tablets are added prior to fermentation and just prior to bottling the wine. Their function is to improve the shelf life of the wine.

Now you understand why you have to add all these ingredients just to do your wine making at home. This will make it easier to know why proper measuring of the ingredients is also important. Have a great time making wine and enjoy it with friends and family!

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Not Sure What Wine Gift To Take To The Party?

red wine glassYou have been asked to a dinner party and naturally the most appropriate gift for the host or hostess is the wine to compliment the meal. If you’re undecided about which wine to bring, some basic wine information will be of use to you.

When choosing a wine to go with a meal, you need to match the weight of the wine with the weight of the food being served. This does not mean matching the actual physical weight of both the wine and food, it refers to presenting light wines with lighter foods and more robust wines with heavier foods.

You need to maintain contrasting elements between your wine and your food. Serving a dry red wine with a juicy filet mignon is one example . The juiciness of the steak and the dryness of the wine will play off each other, improving the enjoyment of both.

Red wines contain substances identified as tannins. We perceive the substances as a dryness in the mouth. The differing amounts of tannins in wines will go with different dishes. A wine that is high in tannins and have a sharper taste will pair well with red meats, and cheese and buttery foods with the animal fats softening the dryness caused by the tannins.

Wines with a high acidity level are supposed to be paired with saltier foods. The acidity of the wine is mellowed by the salt whilst the wine balances the saltiness of the food. Sauvignon Blanc has high acidity and a crispness of flavor that pairs well with seafood dishes.

If the dishes being served are spicy, sweeter wines like Chinin Blanc or Moscato d’Asti pair well . The heat of the spicy food will be tempered by the slight sweetness of those wines, where dry wines only intensify the heat of the spices.

Foods with a high acidity level pair well with wines of a high acidity level which you may think would make it all the more , instead of which the acid in each tends to neutralise each other.

What if you don’t know what foods are being served? Choose a more universal wine gift. Some wines have the correct combination of the acid and fruitiness that they complement many diverse types of dishes. In these circumstances two different choices that would be an appropriate way to go are the Pinot Noir and a nice dry Riesling white wine. Both are easily paired with a extensive variety of foods.

So now with your invitation accepted you can go about shopping for your wine gift. Now it is great to buy wine online where you can save time and money. Remember, you will learn as you go and gain confidence as you do so. Have fun, enjoy the party.

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Getting Wine Through The Internet

Bottles of wine in a winery. Red and white wineIt would be true to say that the internet has revolutionized shopping. Internet shop owners do not need to pay salaries to multiple members of staff or rent commercial premises. These businesses have relatively low overheads and are able to pass on this convenience and financial saving to their customers.

As a result, many products are available much cheaper online and this includes wine. With great savings available when buying wine online, there are literally no disadvantages.

When you visit a supermarket to buy wine, how many different types are on offer? A handful? A few dozen, even? If you browse through just a couple of online wine shops, you’re sure to find practically every wine available. The scope for choice is absolutely phenomenal due to the fact that internet shops do not take up physical floor space.

Where else are you able to find such an enormous selection of wine at lower than shop prices? The only surprise is that more people don’t do it.

With thousands of different types of wine available through online shops, you’d have to be some sort of expert in order to know which type of wine to pick, right? Wrong. Most online shops include a wealth of information on different types of wine and will help you find the perfect wine for you. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of websites dedicated to the subject and you can become a wine expert in no time at all just by reading through a few of the endless guides available.

It’s so easy to see what’s what. When was the last time a supermarket assistant gave you a one-to-one session on which wine you should buy for a special occasion?

If you buy a wine in a supermarket or high street shop, what happens if you don’t like it? Tough luck? When buying wine online, you don’t need to take that risk. There are thousands of review websites available on the internet – just type “[wine name] reviews” into your favorite search engine and you can easily find out what the experts, connoisseurs and the average consumer think of the wine.

Word of mouth is the most effective form of recommendation, so embrace this technology and see what other people think are the best wines out there.

This may surprise you, but it’s not the bargain prices or the enormous selection that is the biggest advantage to buying wine online. It’s the convenience. Online wine stores will ship the wine direct to your front door and most won’t even charge you for delivery. The internet has opened up a whole new world of possibilities and buying some of the world’s finest wines at rock bottom prices and having them delivered to your door without so much as lifting a finger has to be one of its finest creations.

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Choosing The Right Type Of Wine

PortugalWines as we know them are generally distinguished as either red or white wine. However, this distinction is much too simplified considering the various types of wine depending on the grapes they were made of and the location of the vineyard where they were grown.

Having invested possibly hundreds of dollars in your latest bottle of vintage wine (ah well, we can but dream), the next important decision is where to store this prized possession?

The knowledge that wine can come in hundreds, perhaps thousands of flavors, can leave you with a feeling of dread especially when you have to order wine in restaurants. The basic rule is that there is no one perfect wine because it really depends on your own taste buds. An expensive wine that may taste perfect for one can taste horrible to another.

When ordering wine in restaurant, ask for the wine you personally prefer or have gotten familiar to the taste of. If you are the adventurous type or you really don’t have an idea which wines are good, then it is always practical to ask the help of the waiter or the restaurant staff taking your order. It is proper to surmise that the staff or waiter should have been given instructions and the basic training in wine selection by the restaurant owner or manager.

But what if the waiter is just as ignorant as their customers about their wine list? What if the big decision as to which wine to order is left in your hands?

If no one on the staff is knowledgeable about wines or can’t make suggestions, ask the waiter to just come back and then ask your companions about their preferences. Ask your dining companions whether they prefer red or white wine.

The most common choices would be chardonnay for white wine as this is the king of white wine, or cabernet sauvignon for red wine as this is known as the king of red wine. No other choice could be much safer.

Wines benefit from being kept in dark conditions. Although this is not always practical, wine should certainly be stored in an area that is not exposed it to direct sunlight.

If you are eating white meat life fish or chicken, it would be best to order white wine. If you have chosen red meat like pork or beef roast, then red wine lie Pinot Noir would be an ideal wine to order. Ordering wine by the bottle is sometimes cheaper than ordering wine by glass. There are restaurants that offer discounts to customers who order two or more bottles of wine.

Whether or not you have a limited budget, it is always wise to ask for the price of wine per bottle or per glass, if only to have a stock knowledge of their prices the next time you are tasked with the same decision to order wine for the group.

If money isn’t a problem for you, then Dom Perignon would be a good choice although this wine is higher priced than the others. There are equally good wine sparklers like Iron Horse or Domaine Chandon which are priced reasonably, depending on where you are eating.

There are wines that are better when they are less than three years old. You can try ordering white wines like Pinot Blanc or French Macon are dry white wines that command good prices and can be eaten well with appetizers. Wines are best drunk when they have been properly chilled.

Many modern wines do not need to be aged over a great period of time; therefore extensive cellars are often unnecessary. Having said this, if you have the time, space and resource to excavate a cellar, your wine will surely benefit. A purpose built cellar is not normally an option for most households and so suitable alternatives must be explored.

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