Wine Basics for Everyone: Part 1Welcome to the Pinot’s Palette - Fort Lauderdale's wine blog series! Did you know there’s a proper way to swirl wine? And a proper way to sniff it? We won’t be discussing ANY of those things.
There are two pivotal rules for enjoying wine:
1. If you like it, drink it.
2. If you don’t like it, don’t drink it.
As long as you remember these two rules, you’ll never feel uncomfortable drinking or ordering wine. Everyone has different tastes; might as well embrace yours!
Many people never learn more about wine for fear of looking "uncultured" in front of more knowledgeable people. First of all, wine does not equal culture. Secondly, everyone has brought a bad bottle of wine to a dinner party, and everyone has had a server correct their pronunciation of an unfamiliar wine. Don’t be embarrassed about what you don’t know. Ask questions! We want to make sure you enjoy what ever you bring to your Paint and Sip party at Pinot's Palette - Fort Lauderdale.
FLAVOR PROFILE BASICS:
This is a starting point for people who are considering trying something new. Below are general characteristics.
• Cabernet Sauvignon is a red wine with dark fruit flavors and savory tastes like cherry, plum, vanilla, coffee, spices, and oak.
• Chardonnay is bright and fruity, balanced with warm and buttery. Think lemon and apple, plus caramel and cinnamon.
• Merlot is fruity but bold: Cherry, raspberry and plum, with touches of spices, tobacco, cedar or mocha.
• Muscat Blanc (aka Moscato) is sweet, with easygoing flavors like apple, peach, citrus, ginger and almond.
• Pinot Gris (aka Pinot Grigio) is a light, easy drink with an occasional surprise thrown in. Imagine citrus, apple, pear and flowers, with a touch of cheese rind or bitter almond.
• Pinot Noir can be both fruity and earthy: Cherry, cranberry and strawberry, with notes of beet, mushroom or leaves.
• Rieslings are most often sweet: Nectarine, peach, citrus, honey, floral and herbal flavors stand out.
• Sauvignon Blancs are tart and interesting: Citrus, melon, exotic fruit, grass, mint and bell pepper.
• Zinfandel is known for its sweetness. Peach, raspberry, plum and blackberry get infused with tobacco, licorice and smoke tastes.
Hopefully you feel slightly more confident about wine. Now it’s time to put what you’ve learned to use!