How To Drink Wine

1) See that you've appropriately prepped your wine so that it is the proper temperature for drinking. There are varying opinions as to what that temperature is, but here's a good rule of thumb: If it's white, chill it in the fridge for at least an hour before serving, but if it's red, serve it at room temperature (unless the temperature of the room is above 70 degrees--in that case, chill it slightly, and invest in an air conditioner).

2) Make sure that, along with your bottle of choice, you also have a decent wine bottle opener--corks can be stubborn. And remember, if you're removing the foil seal from a particularly old bottle of wine, it's a good idea to wipe off the top of the bottle to remove any lead residue.

3) Inspect the cork for any mold or discoloration. If you find any, just make sure it doesn't continue down into the bottle--if it appears to stop at the top, simply wipe it off and proceed.

4) Once you have removed the cork from the bottle, sniff it. Yes, I'm serious, and no, this step won't invoke that fuzzy, lightheaded feeling--you're smelling the cork to detect any unpleasant aromas that may indicate spoilage.

5) If your drink of choice contains any sediment, you'll need to decant it. In English, this simply means to pour it into another container through cheesecloth, wire mesh, or coffee filters to remove the offending grit.

6) Pour yourself a healthy glass, and let it stand or "breathe" for a moment, to allow the complexity of the flavors to come through. Depending on what you're drinking, you may want to let it breathe for a bit longer--try an hour for young reds, and 2-3 hours for old, fine reds.

7) Deeply inhale the scent of your wine, as a good portion of what we perceive as "taste" is really determined by smell.

8) Take a sip and hold it in your mouth for a moment, noticing the different flavors you detect.

9) Drink up!

[This post is inspired by Harris]
[The above information are taken from www.howtodothings.com]


Johnny Ong said...

interesting guide on the wine