Wine Basics - Introduction to Wine, Wine Drinking

Wine Basics - Introduction to Wine, Wine Drinking

Do you know what wine is, how wine is made, or what differentiates one wine from another? You don't need to be a wine expert to enjoy wine, but knowing more about it can enhance your wine-drinking experience. Learning the basics about wine will help you to pick out better wines, pair wines with better food, and better understand the experience. You'll also be able to impress your friends!
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Just because bringing your own bottle of wine to a restaurant is getting more popular doesn't automatically make it a good idea — not every popular trend is wise. In this case, though, the crowd is on to something: BYOB wine can be a very good idea. There are several reasons why you should consider a BYOB wine evening the next time you eat out at a good restaurant. By bringing your own wine, you'll save money, get a particular wine you like, and may have a better overall wine experience.

What Is Wine? How Is Wine Made?

Wine is both simple and complex. Wine is simple because very little is needed to make wine — it's created by a natural process that occurs all around us. Wine is also complex because we can influence this process in many different ways, allowing us to produce many different kinds of wines. So wine is simple, but we choose to make wine complex because simple isn't interesting enough.

Peparation for Tasting Wine

Before you try tasting wine, you need to make sure you have everything set up properly — this doesn't just include the correct glasses and food, but it also means preparing yourself personally. Remember that the process of tasting wine is a process of becoming more conscious of the entire tasting experience, so preparing yourself and your environment means doing what's necessary to allow you to slow down and pay attention to what you're doing.

Pros & Cons of Boxed Wines

Boxed wines are becoming more popular in America. They've already established themselves in Australia and France but the low quality of early boxed wines continues to hurt their public perception in America. This is changing and while there are some definite advantages to using boxed wines, there are also some disadvantages. If you are going to drink boxed wine, you should weigh the pros and cons of boxed wines for whatever your situation.

How Many Wine Glasses Do I Need?

One common myth about wine is that you need special wine glasses for each different kind of wine. It is not, however, a wine myth that a lot of people adhere to — probably because so few people can afford to have different wine glasses for each kind of wine. Unfortunately, this seems to create a backlash in which people decide that if they aren't going to have different glasses for each wine, then any old glass is good enough for drinking wine. A little wine glass moderation is needed here.

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