Does the mention of wine conjure up romantic images of beautiful French women, abundant grape harvests and cozy cafes dotting the river Sine?
Well, besides the romance that is synonymous with wine, one must understand the subtle nuances that surround the beverage. You don’t need to be a connoisseur, but at least the next time you’re sipping wine you’ll know exactly what’s swirling in your mouth. Might we add that your knowledge of wine is an amazing conversation starter especially with women?
Rouge or Red Wine: This variety is full bodied and is normally served at about 18 degrees Celsius. So you could insert it for 5 minutes in an ice bucket before serving. It compliments meat, especially red meat, cheese and spicy food because these foods have very strong aromas. It goes rather well with Indian food.
Blanc or White Wine: White wine is served chilled (the ideal temperature is 10 to 12 degrees Celsius). It is light bodied as compared to red wine. When it comes to fish and seafood, white is your pick.
Rosé or Pinkish Wine: Rose wine is more rarely drunk however it’s ideal to drink in the summer as it refreshes you and is served cold.
These are the basic types of wine.
When you hear wine jargon like ‘Chardonnay’, or ‘Boudreaux’ or ‘Champagne’, remember that these originate from the names of locales in France where these wines were originally produced.
Bonus Tip: If you’re contemplating a romantic dinner for two, the most obvious choice is champagne!
So close your eyes and savour that glass of wine.