scott-warman-525484-unsplashIf you are just starting to explore wine or have been a lover for years, there may be some basic questions you have yet to learn the answer to. Wine has a rich history and there are many facts about the different types and origins that make it so much more than a typical adult beverage. Let’s check out some of the important basics any wine lover should know.

What is it made of?
First off, most people understand that wine is made from grapes, but these grapes are not the same ones you will find in your local grocery store. Wine is made from grapes that are much smaller with tougher skins. They also contain seeds and are much sweeter than regular grapes.

How long does it last?
A very common misconception is how long a bottle of wine lasts after it has been opened. This is all heavily dependent on how that already opened bottle is stored. Table wines usually last anywhere from 3-5 days depending on the type of wine, whereas fortified wines can last up to a month.

What are the common types of wine?
Although there are around 9 styles of wine, there are around 8 common types of wine, including whites and reds. The whites consisting of Reisling, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. While Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon round out the reds. Each one created with a different taste preference in mind. Whether you prefer something full-bodied, sweet, savory, dry or light and fruity, there is wine for your taste buds.

Does glass shape really matter?
Surprisingly enough, the shape of the wine glass you use depends on your own smell and the particular wine you are drinking. For example, white wine glasses are usually smaller, bowl-shaped glasses that preserve cooler temperatures and savor floral aromas. Red wine is best tasted in a glass containing a wider opening that creates a smoother taste.

Winetasting is a great outing for wine lovers to find what their favorite types and flavors are. Vineyards offer different varieties to begin your tase journey at a cheaper cost, rather than buying full bottles of wine you don’t enjoy. There is no right or wrong way to drink wine and a true lover of wine knows you never stop learning when you continue to try and experience new flavors all over the world.