14562 days ago
First off, wine is an acquired taste, I would recommend that you spend at least 20 hours tasting wines to see what you like. Not a consecutive 20 hours of course, but over the course of a few months.
Wine offers a lot of health benefits; it is a nice relaxer before bedtime and can even enhance your sex life. I want to start off this essay with a few myths on wine.
- Good wine is expensive. Not true at all, taste tests by the experts have proven this, there are plenty of bottles for around $10 to $20 that are excellent and hold their own against the higher priced wines.The wine my wife and I usually buy ranges from $9 to about $30 a bottle. However, I have tasted a $4,000 bottle of wine in Vegas at the Wynn; I, of course, was not picking up the bill. My honest opinion of that wine was that it tasted just like any other decent $15 bottle.
- Another myth is that a wine tastes better aged. This myth is true for very specific wines like French Burgundies and non-French pinot noirs, but for almost all others, it just isn’t the case. Also, most wines are only good for about 1 to 2 years.
- This next myth is about red wines having all the health benefits, which is simply not true. Both red and white wines have been proven to have multiple health benefits. They range from helping reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, fighting heart disease, lowering the risk of a stroke, cutting the risk of cataracts, and helping reduce the risk of colon cancer.
One observation I’ve made in my life is that wine is a great relaxer in the evenings and a nice tasty treat before bedtime. Midday wine drinking is rare since I have children, but I am a big advocate for naps, so if you are in a peaceful setting around 12pm, grab a glass of wine and indulge.
Time to Drink!
First off, most of the protocols like specific glass or food pairing is unnecessary, but a few of them will actually enhance your experience.
- Give the wine an initial sniff, smell the wine.
- Holding the base, move it in a circular motion, this causes the wine to oxidate. It will help bring the wine to its best quality.
- Sniff the wine again, you may notice a change, you may not.
- Sip the wine, but don’t swallow it right away, let it slowly settle on your tongue and to the back of your mouth before swallowing. You will notice two distinct tastes, one while the wine is in your mouth, and the other after you swallow.
- Keep drinking, the more the wine oxidizes, the better the glass will taste.
If you ever taste vinegar, that means your wine is bad; otherwise, you probably just don’t like the taste.
Join a Wine Club
Wine clubs are fun, honestly; the atmosphere at these places are great, I think wine attracts fun-loving people. Besides enjoying the wine, you will learn a lot about what goes into making a bottle of wine. At my local winery, they even invite members to come help crush grapes and see how the wine is made first hand.
Sitting down with a good bottle of wine with some friends is a life luxury that will help you relax and enjoy quality time with the people you love.
Limit yourself to 1 or 2 glasses, getting drunk from wine will give you a stomach ache and is hard on your kidneys. Having fun with alcohol is fine, but know your limits.
Wine, like coffee or hard liquor, is a good reason to stop and smell the roses. The act of drinking often forces us to pause and reflect on how great life is.