Value, not prestige, is the new watchword in the wine world. Here, 10 bottles under $10 that smash the stigma of cheap wine. (Photo by Daniel Shipp) CALITERRA 2008 SAUVIGNON BLANC RESERVA (Casablanca Valley, Chile) A vibrant, easy-drinking sauvignon blanc that combines green nettle, lime and herbs with citrus spark and pineapple. $9.95.
Barina Craft's home bar site. This chart was compiled from many other food and wine pairing charts to provide a quick reference and ongoing resource for your home bar's wine rack or cellar. The commonly recommended complementary matches from a number of different sommelier guides, wine tasting experts, winery suggestions and industry publications were tabulated yielding a kind of consensus grouping of lists. Informal observations suggested much more commonality and agreement on the wine pairings advocated at the ends of the taste spectrum. For this narrow list of choices, it was Chardonnay and Zinfandel, which illustrates how wine is very much an individual experience. Use this as a guide for ideas and experiment to find favorites matching your palate.
The smell of young wine is called an “aroma” while a more mature wine offers a more subtle “bouquet.” a In ancient Greece, a dinner host would take the first sip of wine to assure guests the wine was not poisoned, hence the phrase “drinking to one’s health.” “Toasting” started in ancient Rome when the Romans continued the Greek tradition but started dropping a piece of toasted bread into each wine glass to temper undesirable tastes or excessive acidity. e A “cork-tease” is someone who constantly talks about the wine he or she will open but never does. e Since wine tasting is essentially wine smelling, women tend to be better wine testers because women, particularly of reproductive ages, have a better sense of smell than men. h An Italian study argues that women who drink two glasses of wine a day have better sex than those who don’t drink at all. f Red wines are red because fermentation extracts color from the grape skins.
Aug Tasting Wine All About Wine Tasting There’s more to tasting a glass of wine than throwing it down your gullet.