If you are a newbie on wine consuming and you do not want to fill stupid while you are trying to impress your date when you are ordering wine, this are 4 great red wines to study on and learn your path to become a wine geek or snob ( usually ). When you read a wine review that talks about minerality, tannins, body, red fruits, smooth, acidity, deep red color etc etc… and the poem that the wine pros use make us feel like we are learning a new language. Technically we are. Wine is not only the final juice that we pour in the glass an we drink is mostly how it comes to our contact. And a great way to know to distinguish one from the other is trying this 4 grapes that are so different from each other and guide us on the difficult choice.
Most of the time I have hard time on choosing one on top of the other wine because I love good wine and the secret is to find out how is your wine Mood i like to call it. Tannins or not , Fruit forward or not , Mineral or Softest Acidity or Smooth. A great article come to help me on my phone as a newsletter from vinepair.com, that i would like to share it with you.
The first step is to understand how to taste acidity, and Pinot Noir is the perfect wine to help you do that. Pinot has a cult following among wine geeks because the flavors and aromas can be quite surprising, all of the elements just works together so well. The wine is a very light red color in the glass, and has the lightest body of all the wines you’ll taste. When you smell the wine, you’ll often get aromas of cherries, raspberries and cranberries. Pinot has very low tannins, so the acidity – think the pucker you get from lemonade – will really shine through. We prefer Pinot Noirs made in the Old World style because they show the lean structure and bright acidity best. While New World Pinots are also great, they can often be “riper,” causing them to have a juicier flavor that can often taste jammy, muting some of the acidity you want to experience.
If you find you loved the acidity, wines with similar flavor profiles include Gamay,Grenache/Garnacha, Nebbiolo, and Etna Roso.
Time to understand body, and there is no better wine to start this journey than Syrah. This is that big, inky red wine with flavors of dark fruit, such as plums and blueberries, with a little chocolate and tobacco thrown in for good measure. If you’re looking for a velvety, smooth wine, this is the one for you. It’s the perfect wine with lamb, and would welcome an invitation to any cheese party you might be having.
If you like Syrah, your next go-to wine should be Rhone blends from France.Malbec is also a wine you’ll probably enjoy.
Now it’s time to get a grasp on whether or not you like tannins. Tannins are what makes your mouth feel a bit dry as you swallow, and they’re fantastic antioxidants. Cabernet Sauvignon is a great wine for experiencing these tannins, not to mention that it’s the most popular red wine in the world, so as a beginner it’s important to understand whether or not you like it. The wine is full bodied with aromas of dark cherries, spice and hints of vanilla, as the wine is often aged in oak. When you sip it, you’ll pick up some green pepper notes that also give the wine a nice herbaceous quality. It’s the ideal steak wine, and is much better when drunk along with food.
If you enjoy Cabernet, other wines to try are Merlot, Sangiovese (Chianti),Tempranillo (Rioja), and the classic Bordeaux blend. If you loved the green pepper notes, you’ll also be particularly fond of Carménère and Cabernet Franc.
It’s time to grasp the impact alcohol can have on a wine. Yes, every wine has alcohol inside it – we probably wouldn’t love it as much if it didn’t – but some have a higher booze content than others, and Zinfandel is one of those wines. With Zinfandel, an overwhelming flavor and aroma you’re going to get is jam and that’s because the fruit is often very ripe when it’s picked. It’s this ripeness that results in the wine’s alcohol being high. This is also why “Old Vine” Zin is prized above regular Zin. As a vine ages, it produces less fruit, but that fruit is richer and more flavorful than in the vine’s youth, which results in a richer wine. High alcohol causes a wine to taste “bold,” or feel “big” to us. This is why Cabernets from California can often taste much bigger and richer than Cabernets from France, because the alcohol is usually much higher.
If you like Zinfandel, you’re a fan of rich, New World wines from hot climates