How to Serve Wine
How to Serve Wine
Here are a few things I've learned in France about how to serve wine. Relax, I am not a wine connoisseur and if you are, you certainly do not need to know the few little things I do. For the rest of you, here are a few tips to help you enjoy your wine - as if you needed assistance!
Temperature, Opening, Pouring and Pairing
Wine Serving TemperatureIn order to be fully appreciated, different wines need to be served at different temperatures. Equip yourself with a and you will always be sure you are enjoying your wine at the best temperature. There are several models available including collars, probes and laser thermometers.
When considering how to serve wine, notice that the red wine is not best enjoyed at room temperature, unless you're eating in the cellar! In fact it should be slightly cooler than room temperature. If you put it in the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving time, it will be about right. If you are always forgetting to chill the wine and wishing you had a quick way to cool it, you might be interested in investing in a
Opening the Wine
Food and Wine PairingNo page on how to serve wine would be complete without something on food and wine pairing. You should enjoy experimenting and see what you like. There are a couple of golden rules however, that are supposed to always apply. (I can already see you rebels getting ready to do the exact opposite.)
The Best Wine I Was Ever Served
The best wine I ever had was served from a roadside shack in the middle of the vineyards in Bordeaux. We were out tasting wines and had been to some fairly fancy outfits. This was different though. It was a generous glass, not just a taste, served by a smiling old lady, who was far more interested in our three little boys than in the wine she had to offer. That taste of wine is mythic in my mind - I connect it with the earth and vineyards of Bordeaux, the heat of a summer afternoon, and all the glorious laughing goodness of young children seen through the eyes of a wise old woman. Go from Learn more about
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