Drinking wine is an experience that extends beyond the fact you’re drinking alcohol. Wines come in all types of colors and flavors, so there’s something out there for everyone. Keeping a few simple tips in mind makes it easy to enhance your wine drinking experience at home. Check out these following five tips for drinking wine!
1. Store Your Wine Properly
Storing your wine correctly helps keep it fresh when you’re ready to enjoy the bottle. Most bottles sold in stores won’t benefit from long-term aging, so there’s no need to invest in professional grade storage. Making a few adjustments to how you store your wine will help keep it fresh.
Start by storing your wine in a cold and dark place. When wine is stored in warm areas, it creates dampened flavors and aromas in the wine. It’s ideal to store your wine somewhere between 45 – 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Try and avoid temperature fluctuations while your wine is in storage.
2. Use A Bucket Full Of Ice To Chill Wine Quickly
Chilled wine is the standard when it comes to serving temperature. Chilling your wine for about 15 minutes allows you to serve it at the best temperature. Fill a bucket halfway with ice and the rest with cold water. This allows you increase the how much of the bottle’s surface area is cooled, which chills the wine faster. You can swirl the bottle around every few minutes to ensure it’s evenly chilled. After about 15-20 minutes you’ll have delicious wine at the perfect temperature.
3. Invest In Wood Wine Boxes
Storing your wine in wood boxes allows for a lot of convenience. Unless you’re an avid collector, there’s a good chance you don’t need an entire shelving unit for your wine bottles. Wood wine boxes allow for safe, stackable storage, which reduces how much space your bottles take up. Wood wine boxes can also be customized with laser engravings and different colors which allows you to personalize your collection.
Another reason to invest in a wood wine box is they are environmentally friendly. Not only are wood boxes made from recycled materials, but you can also repurpose them for a variety of uses. Wood wine boxes can be transformed into decorative pieces or used as firewood in a pinch. Wood wine boxes are also usually available from liquor stores.
4. Try New Wines A Few Times Before Writing Them Off
Although it may seem like torture, it’s worth trying a new wine a few times before dismissing it completely. Each bottle of wine has a distinct flavor profile that you may not be able to pick up the first time. Merlot from one brand may last terrible to you compared to merlot from a different brand. When tasting a bottle of wine, consider the initial taste on your tongue and the aftertaste of the lingering flavors. If you try a wine 5-6 times and still don’t like it, it just wasn’t meant to be!
5. Experiment With Different Food Pairings
Unless you’re a stickler for rules, there’s no need to be strict with your food and wine pairings. Generally, red wine is for red meat and white wine is for fish and lighter meats. Your personal preference is more important than the recommended pairings. You’ll never know what you like if you don’t experiment so don’t hesitate! French fries and champagne is a combination some people swear by, so don’t be afraid to get creative!
All in all, drinking wine is a fun experience that can be enhanced with a little preparation. Don’t be intimidated by the world of wine and try and have some fun with your adventures. Keep these tips in mind to help you manage your wine collection!