10 Things You Really Should Know about Wine

10 Things You Really Should Know about Wine

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Always Check the Corkage Policy When Travelling Abroad
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Whether you’re a fan of wine – or a fan of a woman who really enjoys her wine, there are a few things you ought to know about it.  After all, watching a sport is really only enjoyable if you know the rules, and playing it makes those guidelines ever more crucial.  So, even if you’re not planning to be an expert, perhaps it’s time to brush up on your wine knowledge.  And if you already know a lot about your wines, then double check your knowledge with these 10 facts.  You never know, one might surprise you.


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10 Things You Really Should Know about Wine

10 Things You Really Should Know about Wine

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Whether you’re a fan of wine – or a fan of a woman who really enjoys her wine, there are a few things you ought to know about it.  After all, watching a sport is really only enjoyable if you know the rules, and playing it makes those guidelines ever more crucial.  So, even if you’re not planning to be an expert, perhaps it’s time to brush up on your wine knowledge.  And if you already know a lot about your wines, then double check your knowledge with these 10 facts.  You never know, one might surprise you.


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Once upon a time, most establishments that served wine were considered fine dining (and to the layman, maybe even better than that).  But those days are over.  You can pull into your neighborhood steakhouse and order a bottle of wine.  So, when the waiter brings it about for you to taste, what are you meant to do?  Actually, you are meant to pass on the taster because you just picked a bottle of wine off the menu and that's your choice.

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The packaging isn't up to scratch sometimes, and although these are durable, they're not really up for that. 

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These American-made wine glasses are part of the stemless trend.  Although there are purists that would never consider these glasses in their collection, they do offer several benefits. For a start, no stems means these dishwasher-safe glasses actually fit in that top rack without having to balance the load with the plates in the lower level. They're also far less likely to break. But, these glasses are still perfectly made for your best wines. 

Quality and Materials: These are made of glass, so you will need to be a little careful. But, the stemless design typically makes that easier. They're incredibly durable. 

Dishwasher Safe: Yes! And they're going to do much better in the dishwasher than your stemmed glasses. 

Price: You'll pay about $24 for 12 glasses. That works out to an incredible $2 per glass. That's not bad at all, is it? 

Why Buy These Glasses? If wasting space on a lot of stems drives you insane, just consider these stemless wine glasses. We're big fans of the price, but also the convenience of tucking them into the dishwasher. The differently shaped white and red glasses are classics, though seeing them without the stems can be unnerving the first time. These are durable enough to enjoy a glass of wine at every meal. If you drink wine every day; these are a must have. 

 

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The old rhetoric dictates that you should have white wine with fish and cream pastas and red wine with most other meats.  Unfortunately, this is a broad generalization of the truth.  For a start, if you're looking to enjoy a particular wine and a particular dish together, then by all means - you'll enjoy both because you want both.  And, some fish entrees are actually better suited to red wines.  But, here's the catch - if you are looking to enjoy a special dinner, the kind where a sommelier is involved and the price of the wine is high - you'll want to accept his recommendation on the pairing, though you can tell him you prefer red or white at the outset.

 

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You've heard of Califronian wines and French wines, of course.  And you also know about Italian wines and South African wines.  But, that doesn't mean that you should stick to the wines from these coutries alone.  That's because there are plenty of countries that produce wines for local consumption.  Switzerland, for example, has vineyards dotting the countryside and surrounding all its lakes.  And they do make marvellous wines, but mostly for local consumption.  (So local, in fact, that you can knock on the door of a vineyard and ask for a taste - and you'll get it for little or no cost.)  So, if you happen to spot a Swiss wine on the menu (or any other unusual country), then it is likely to be an exquisite wine and one you shouldn't pass up.

 

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There's the idea that wine is meant to mature before it is consumed.  And, in part, that is perfectly true.  After all, the longer a wine matures, the more intense the flavor.  Well, sometimes.  Some wines aren't meant to be aged - they are meant to be drunk quite young.  And, usually, you can tell the difference based on price - and how many years the bottle has aged before you spot it on the shelves.  So, don't feel bad about drinking a wine that's been bottled relatively recently, but hold onto the good ones as long as you can.

 

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If you're in a 5-star restaurant and you're sommelier or even the chef makes a recommendation on the wine - and you don't like it - what do you do?  You send it back.  But, you don't really have that luxury if you picked the bottle of wine yourself.  That is, of course, unless it really does taste like vinegar.  But, if you choose the wine, it's considered bad manners if you send it back because you don't like the taste of it.  And, let's be clear about this, if you're in that type of restaurant - whether you're with your colleagues or your girlfriend, you really don't want to put on pretentious airs, do you?

 

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Did you know that wine temperature is a very complex and subtle area of vinophilia? Well, when we served Merlot straight from the fridge last night, it turned out we didn't. It seems that a lot of people are missing out on the subtleties of wine temperature, most whites being served too cold and reds too warm. With this gorgeous Waterfall Wine Chiller you need worry no longer: simply pop your bottle in the chiller and watch the beautiful waterfall effect cascade around it, taking your wine to the perfect temperature. With all the main varieties of wine covered by pre-programmed temperature settings, all you have to do is wait, watch and then drink (responsibly).

 

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This is a great Aero Wine Aerator & Automatic Wine Opener 2-Piece Wine Gift Set for just $79.99. Keep it for yourself or impress your wine loving boss! The Aero "breathes" a full bottle of wine in just 30 seconds with the simple press of a button. The automatic wine opener comes with a built-in foil cutter and takes the difficulty out of opening a bottle of wine.

 It can transform a decent bottle of wine into a great bottle of wine.  And, if you're not in the mood for decanting, then you really should get your hands on an aerator, which will do a lot of the work - in much less time.

 

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There have been a number of changes in the wine bottling world in the last decade.  These days, you'll find wines on the shelves with screwtops instead of corks, laser printed bottles instead of paper labels and bottles without the customary thumb hold at the bottom.  If your feathers are ruffled by this, don't take it out on the wineries.  Indeed, these are the businesses that are trying to do something positive about the effect their industry has on the environment.  Because all these things suck resources to create.  And, even if it seems like a cost saving exercise, that's not always the case - sometimes these changes are a lot more expensive to undertake.

 

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In many countries, especially those with strong ties to the British Empire, such as Australia, South Africa and England itself, many restaurants charge corkage fees.  And knowing the corkage policy of a restaurant is always a huge bonus.  It means you can pick up a wine (or two) at the bottle store around the corner.  Now, you'll pay a small fee for them to allow you to drink it on their premises, but it will still be a fraction of the price that the restaurant would charge.  In South Africa, for example, you can pick up a bottle of wine for about $10 (and that will be a good bottle too - an average bottle will set you back $4) and pay $3 corkage at the restaurant.  If you ordered off the menu, it would cost a lot more like $30.  That's wine at half price, so you can bring a bottle back home.

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Katie’s Cleveland proud; but she’s also lived in Australia, Switzerland and now stays in South Africa. That’s a roundabout way of saying she can’t sit still; she’s always moving, always busy.

She has a BA in International Relations from Kent State University and work towards a Masters in Human Rights. She speaks French, is learning German and used to dream in Spanish. For years, Katie worked as a producer on fashion and advertising shoots before she realized her passion was the written word.

Katie’s far more interested in guy’s gear than women’s, except she has a wardrobe brimming with little black dresses. She drinks her beer out of the bottle and is raising her two boys to be better men.

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