If you’ve ever look at a restaurant menu and been overwhelmed by the sheer number of available types of wine, then you’re not alone. Fortunately, you don’t have to become a sommelier just to get a glass of red you’ll enjoy with dinner. These tips will help you pick a red you’ll love every time.
Know What You Like
Red wines are generally more tannic and fuller bodied than whites, but within the world of red, there are variations and different scales of these characteristics. Cabernet Sauvignon is highly tannic and has deep, intense flavors, while pinot noir is fruiter and lighter. After you’ve tried different wines, you will develop a sense of what you like in a glass and which flavors don’t work for you, which makes it easier to narrow down your selection.
Consider Your Meal
For most people, wine is all about pairing. Try selecting your meal before you choose your glass of wine. If you opt for red meat, look for a red that is full-bodied and tannic. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are both good for red meat meals. For chicken and pork, opt for a lighter red, such as pinot noir or zinfandel. Meals that are rich in mushrooms or that feature game meat are best paired with pinot noir or Nebbiolo, which boast earthier flavor notes.
Drink What You Like
The best glass of wine is the one you enjoy. Although some general rules can guide you when you’re ordering, throw the rulebook out the window if it doesn’t match your preferences. Choose the wine you know you’ll enjoy the most, and you’ve picked the perfect glass.
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