The First Lesson I Learned In A Wine Store

You wanted to buy wine but you are not sure what to pick. It’s not like picking a soft drink or beer that everything will taste the same all the time. Each bottle of wine that you pick will have a different taste. The task is very intimidating. I remember the first time I went inside a wine store. While it looks amazing, I felt so small among the shelves of wine that is towering over me. I had no idea what to pick. What I know is I have this x amount of money to buy something to pair with my home cooked steak.

I raked my brain for any wine ad I could still remember. Ok, I should have researched, but that steak was a spur of the moment thing, too. So I just went to the red wine section and grabbed a bottle that my money could afford. It turns out; it was not the perfect one for my food.

So let’s save you from the mistake and go straight to the lesson. The key takeaway from this experience is not to be afraid to ask questions. The wine merchant knows about his merchandise, so make use of his expertise. I am sure he will be happy to welcome a budding wine enthusiast to his shop. Had I asked, “Would you suggest a nice wine pair with my steak at this price point?”, I would have enjoyed the wine experience better.

But I wouldn’t call what happened a mistake because it led me to explore more wine varieties and discover which I loved and which I will charge to experience. Start with cheaper versions of wine and take it a notch higher once you have the funds. Be adventurous but don’t forget to drink responsibly. It will be fun to share the adventure with a friend, too.

Newbie Guide To Wine and Food Pairing

Some people are not getting the full advantage of wine because of an odd pairing with food. It can even give the wrong impression about wine. Wine pairing is the foundation of building a love for wine. You will discover the power of wine in food that it can still elevate the flavors and sensations in your mouth.

It is a tricky task but let us break it down to the basics.

Forget the Old Rule

Regardless of the type of meat you are cooking, check what flavor profile your meal has. It is the dominant taste that flies in your mouth, and not the meat, so you need to match your wine with that flavor.

Wash the Salt With Bubbles

Salty foods are overwhelming. Too much saltiness could tarnish the wine’s taste. As such, the bubbly Champagne is a good option because it can cleanse the palate and infuse its fruity taste and texture.

Acid works best with acid

Think of the food that tastes yummier when you add a little bit of citrus on it. Chances are, acidic types of wines such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chianti will be the best pair of it. Usually, white wines are paired with white meat. But what if you preferred wine? You can still match it with your white meat by picking a red wine that is stronger in acidity.

Tannin is great with fatty foods

Tannin is the bitter taste that you get from wine. The tannin will balance out the greasy feel in your mouth. Cabernet is a type of wine that has a lot of tannins, try it when you have barbecue ribs.

Sweets for the Sweets

Sweets sometimes taste the same in the mouth that is why you need the wine with higher intensity of sweetness so that the dessert will not overpower it.

We also made a list of meats and the best wines to pair with it.

Beef and Lamb cooked or paired with:

  • Roasted or Grilled – Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot
  • Barbecue – White Zinfandel or Zinfandel
  • White Sauce – Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot
  • Herbs – Merlot or Shiraz
  • Tomato – Zinfandel and Chianti

Pasta or Vegetables cooked or paired with:

  • Tomato or marinara – Zinfandel and Chianti
  • Basil or pesto – Merlot and Chardonnay
  • Tomato Oregano – Chianti Merlot
  • Cream Sauce – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
  • Garlic – Merlot and Pinot Noir

Chicken, Pork, and Tuna cooked or paired with:

  • Baked or Grilled – White Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc
  • Barbecue – White Zinfandel, Merlot, and Shiraz
  • Hot and Spicy – White Zinfandel and Reisling
  • Herbs – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
  • Cream Sauce – Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio
  • Tomato – Merlot and Chardonnay

Fish or Seafood cooked or paired with:

  • Grilled Dark Fish – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
  • Grilled Lighter Fish – Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc
  • Herbs – Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay
  • Butter – Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc
  • Garlic – Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc
  • Lemon – Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay
  • Hot and Spicy – Pinot Grigio

We wish that you make this list your helpful guide to your next wine and food pairing adventure. Remember so old rules we know are not exactly right. Also, these above-listed information is only a guide, so that you do not have to make guesswork. But always trust your palate and it will guide you to what you like.

Wine from Organic and Conventional Farming: Choosing Your Poison

Poison BottleIn a world that demonizes anything that is not “Organic,” and treats anything synthetic as poison; spraying actual poison on our farms and vineyards is something that is frowned upon. We have become a race that is so concerned about the parts per billion of a synthetic pesticide that may or may not is in our food while disregarding any dangerous amount of “Natural” poison in our organic produce we love to say is safe.

Some would argue of the taste, that it would affect the flavor of wine. While this could be true, only fledgling winemakers would make a sacrilegious mistake that could result in such swill. And if people insist that it does affect it no matter the cleaning process, the same could be said about organic and natural pesticides.

Companies like Pest Control Charlotte NC, have for generations allowed the yield of our vineyards to be significant, by protecting them from pests, weeds, and fungus, albeit with synthetic pesticides.  Chemicals used by generations upon generations of farmers to protect what they have labored to grow, chemicals whose formulation only change to target pests more specifically and more efficiently. We now abandon these chemicals, their companies, and the farmers they serve for the “Healthier” option.

Organic is all the rage nowadays if you are not consuming and supporting it, you are; unhealthy, an enemy of the environment, a part of the problem, and much worse, not in with the times. Being sold as a safer way to grow plants and control pests, it is clear that most people, who talk about natural pesticides, do not know what they are talking about.

As I have stated above, synthetic pesticides had been thoroughly studied, its formula changed each generation, for the sole purpose of targeting pests, weeds, and fungus more accurately, while at the same time not harming the crop and anything more than what its intended to. Is it perfect? Not at all, but the aim is for it to one day be; through multiple studies and the gathering of data in real world use.

It is a common misconception that organic pesticides are safe and better for the environment, chemicals are chemicals, and poison is poison. I can admit that some of these pesticides work and pose no threat to us; the fact of it being natural has become an excuse for it not to be looked at as possibly equally dangerous to the environment. In fact, some studies have shown it to have a greater impact on the environment. Think of it like this, if synthetic pesticides are the laser-guided missile that kills specific targets, albeit, with some collateral damage, some natural pesticides is like carpet bombing, which somehow misses the crops.

In the end, the debate continues in choosing either organic or conventional farming. But maybe, in the end, the world will no longer need to choose, with the creation of new genetically engineered grape varieties that protect its self from these pests and diseases, a topic and debate I am sure we will also be discussing in the future. But for now, there is nothing that we can do but to choose our poison, natural or synthetic? We must remember though that most of the famous historical poisons poured into the wine cups of kings and warriors were from nature.

Exploring The New Wine Packaging Trend

My circuit breaker broke for the nth time again. I do not know if the electricity set up at home is capable of sabotaging my plans, but the circuit always breaks when I have made plans to invite friends over to talk about the latest wine trends. You know, we like to talk about things over wine. We only have the chance to do it on weekends but then, this electrical problem again.

My husband could fix broken circuit breaker, but I believe it was high time that the professionals take a look at it. There was no other electrician in our mind except for Electrician Atlanta. Our friends recommended them way before, but we always had an excuse not to. Finally, we decided to have our house checked. The electricians came to our house and fixed the problem. They noted some outlets at home that cause short circuits. We are grateful that we called them because we are very close to having a fire. They worked so fast that we did not need to cancel our gathering at home.

My wine lover friends came over, and we are excited to try one of the wine trends, and that is canned wines.

Wine In A Can

Canned Beers, canned soft drinks, canned juices and now wines! It is all about convenience. Wine connoisseurs may have the trouble appreciating the wines, but a lot of people will finally gain access to wines. The serving size is just enough for one person and the no fuzz way of having it allows people to have it on the go.

We found the experience weird because we are used to having our wines from the bottles. We love the pop of cork, the swirling and smelling ceremony that goes with wine drinking. But we realized that it is the weekend, so we have the luxury to enjoy our wines. Now, we understand that the convenience of canned wines might just work for the crazy weekdays.

There are other wine trends that we noticed. Let us share our insights with you.

Sparkling Wines

Fizz is good. Many people turn to carbonated drinks for that fizzy feel while drinking. But what if we tell you that sparkling wines are slowly taking over. We know that the sparkles are reserved for special occasions, but not anymore. People are already enjoying sparkling wines on a daily basis.

If that is not good news for you, then I do not know anymore. I prefer the classic red wine, but sometimes the sparkling wine can do me wonders as an aperitif. But don’t be surprised, they are canned sparkling wines, too!

Wine In A Box

Now, this is something. I am yet to find a boxed wine, but I will surely share with you once I have a try. I am excited to know the difference in taste when a bottle, can, or paper is used as wine containers. Can’t wait!

I have two thoughts going on in my mind about the trends. I am just hoping that the convenience behind the new packaging ideas will not erase the age-old tradition of enjoying the wine. I am just worried by that because the new generation might not learn how it should be done. Not being a snub here, but wines earned that place to be enjoyed and respected. On the other hand, I do appreciate how wines are now accessible to people. Taken in moderation, wines have health values compared to other beverages.