Wine choice is subjective. What works for one may not work for another. What pairs well with beefsteak may not work for cheese. For beginners, the best advice is to be experimental and bold to try different things. You probably love red wines more than other types of wine, because of its rich flavor and high level of tannin. Choosing red wines relying on other people’s advice does work, but remember each person’s preference is different and being too safe when it comes to wine can be boring. There are hundreds of styles of red wine in the market. Don’t be afraid to try them out. You’ll end up either discovering something you’ll love for life or knowing which bottle to avoid the next time you shop.
Do not Pay too Much Attention to the Age and Price Tag
The general perception is that aged and expensive wines are the best. Don’t let this mindset frame you when shopping for wine. Surely some aged wines are exceptional, which explains the high price tag, but not everyone has the same taste when it comes to wine. You may be disappointed when trying an expensive aged wine that everybody touted as being the best.
Be a wise wine shopper, read the label and come to your own conclusion. Choosing wines that come from famous wine-producing regions is a good start. The quality of a wine bottle depends mostly on two factors: the fermentation method and the grape quality itself. Different climates produce different grape qualities.
Pinot Noir is gaining popularity all over the world. The classic red wine is a perfect combination of tannin and acid. You feel like you are enjoying a fizzy drink the first time you try it.
Red Wine for Red Meat Dishes
What makes a wine bottle a perfect match for a red meat dish? It’s the level of tannin. The rich, spicy flavor that tannin gives complements and brings out the best in the juicy tender meat. The often go-to wine for this is Cabernet Sauvignon, though it’s not the only choice you have. We also have Rioja, Chianti, or Merlot.
Most Red Wines Have High Alcoholic Levels
The level of alcohol in the wine depends on the sugar content in the grapes during fermentation. For beginners, that’s why they often feel like they are getting drunk sipping just a little bit of that red wine glass. Zinfandel is the one with the highest level of alcohol, giving it that bold and intense flavor. If you prefer a lower alcoholic content, Shiraz is a good choice. It’s especially popular in Australia even though its origin traces back to France.