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Wine Storage Temperature

Wine Storage Temperature

Wine storage temperature is the most important factor to consider when keeping wine for long. Even wine kept for a few weeks or months can be affected by the temperature at which it is stored.

All wine is best stored between 45º – 60º F (7.0º – 15.5º C), with 50º to 55º F (10º to 13.º C) being the optimal range. White wine temperature will be the same as red wine temperature.

It’s believed there’s some historic reasoning behind this optimal temperature. In France, wine is typically stored in caves where the natural underground temperature is around 13°C (55º F).

Barrel cave at Justin Winery in Paso Robles

However, not everyone has a cave or a cellar to store their wine in. If you live in a cooler climate and if you’re going to open your bottle of red wine within a day or two, keeping it on your kitchen counter, away from heat, may be fine. If it’s white wine, keeping it in the refrigerator will be just fine.

Read about correct wine serving temperatures here.

The reason temperature is important is because wines age faster at a higher temperature, and chemically, a high temperature is bad for wine.

You can tell by the color of your wine if excessive heat has damaged it. The wine will look brown.

To achieve the optimal temperature it’s best to have a wine cellar or a wine cooler/refrigerator.

Wine coolers come in several different sizes and are made by a variety of manufacturers. Wine cellars can be custom made or home made depending upon how much time you have and upon your budget. We turned our under stairs closet into a home made wine cellar.

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Travels In Wine Tours!!!!

Travels In Wine Tours is an American-owned company based out of Hendersonville with weekly running routes in Asheville/Hendersonville, Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina. Travels In Wine tours is owned and operated by Derek Schuler and Kimberlee Young, a Certified Sommelier.

Their experience and passion for wine, food, travel and golf sparked their idea to create this unique, behind the scenes, luxury travel and tour company.

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How Is Wine Made?

How is wine made is a very popular question among wine lovers today.

In it’s simplest terms, wine is made by planting vines, growing grapes, picking and crushing those grapes, allowing their juices to ferment, and putting the resulting liquid into bottles.

However, for wineries, the answer to the question “how is wine made” is much more complex than this.

Winemakers have important decisions to make during every step in the wine making process. These decisions can either favorably or unfavorably effect their final product. Of course, mother nature also has a say.
The basic wine making steps are:

 

 

 

Choosing A Vineyard

The location chosen to plant wine grapes is perhaps the most important decision a wine maker has. Climate, weather, topography, and soil composition must be perfect for the vines to
produce, and for the grapes to ripen properly.
Deciding When To Harvest

The next most important factor in wine making is choosing the right time to harvest (pick) the grapes.

The grapes must be harvested in peak condition for their particular variety. Several factors will be considered including sugar levels, color and taste.

It’s also important for grapes to be picked carefully so they’re not bruised or split. Both hand picking and machine harvesting procedures are both used today. Hand picking is the method preferred by many fine wine producers and used most often in France.
Preparation And Crushing

At some point, the grapes will be separated from their stems and leaves, usually by a special machine. If left in contact with the grapes too long after harvest, stems can give off a bitter unwanted taste.

It is at this point that red grapes will be treated differently than white grapes.

White wine grapes are crushed and their juice is separated from their skins.

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How Important Are Food Wine Pairings?

Do food wine pairings really matter and which wine goes with which food?

 The answer depends to a great extent on your individual pallet, how you perceive food, and what types of wine you enjoy.

Wine food pairing preferences are very individual. However, it is undeniable that certain food groups simply pair better with certain wines types. And, when you discover that near perfect match, it truly does enhance both your food and your wine.

 

 

In the days when our choices were just red or just white, it was easy to notice that red wine went with beef and white wine went with fish or chicken. But food wine pairings are no longer this simple.
Today’s wines, both red and white, are so varied in flavor and texture, that it’s impossible to pinpoint with 100% accuracy the best wine food match.
Instead, look for a wine with the flavors, aromas and weight that most closely match the characteristics of your meal. It’s all about balance.

In most cases it makes more sense to match your meals’ sauces to a wine, rather than the protein. For example,
a blackened (spicy) fish will go better with a Dobbin’s Creek Merlot(red) than a Chardonnay (white). But if you are eating a white fish with a delicate sauce, that Chardonnay should be just fine.
One of the most important aspects of wine food pairing is matching the body of your wine with the level of intensity in the flavors of your food.

You don’t want to pair a light wine with with a meal containing heavy foods and sauces. Conversely, you don’t want to pair a full bodied wine with a meal containing light, delicate foods.

Food wine pairings can also be made by region. For example, choose an […]

By |June 7th, 2013|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Wine Etiquette

Wine Tasting

A great place to taste wine is at a winery. It’s also a place where wine etiquette is important.

Don’t feel you have to know a lot about wine to visit a winery. As a matter of fact, a winery is an excellent place to learn about wines.

Most wineries will have knowledgeable staff to assist you. Don’t hesitate to let them know you’re a new wine drinker and are trying to determine what you like and what you don’t like. Winery staff will be more than happy to explain the different wines and styles.

While wine tasting, it is perfectly acceptable to discard wine you don’t like. All tasting rooms will supply a receptacle for you to pour the wine you don’t care for into. It’s also acceptable to ask for another small taste of a wine you weren’t able to completely understand the first time.

It is not good wine etiquette, however, to ask for a second pour on every wine. If you find a wine you like, it’s in much better taste to purchase a full glass.

You can also taste wine at a wine room. Most wine rooms offer “flights” – a sampling of several different wines side by side.

Most flights contain several different producers of one grape varietal so they’re good for side by side comparisons, but not helpful if you’d like to compare a Chardonnay with a Zinfandel.

Please see our wine tasting guide for complete information on the proper way to taste wine.
Dining Out

Wine is a perfect compliment to a nice restaurant meal. If you are a new wine drinker, it’s easy to feel intimidated when the waiter presents you with the wine list.

Restaurant wines can be very expensive. My favorite wine […]

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Why Do I Write About Wine?

Why Do I Write About Wine?

The other day I posted a link on Facebook to an article I wrote about wine writer ethics. A friend I respect made a comment that said, essentially, “Enough about wine. Real people are struggling in the world.”

It led me to ask myself: Why do I write about wine?

First, it’s important to understand that I do not write about wine because I like to drink wine. Not that I don’t like to drink wine, of course. But I was drinking wine long before the thought of writing about wine appealed to me.

So why did that Facebook comment offend me so much? Why did I let it bother me when I could easily have ignored it?

The answer, I think, lies within my desire to make lasting contributions. And I’m not writing about wine because I can’t wait to taste the latest 95 pointer. I’ve suffered more existential crises in my life than most people twice my age. I am very often pondering my impact, or lack thereof, on society. It’s a rather vertiginous habit, by the way.

So let me be clear: If you think all wine writing is some kind of worship of hedonism, you’re wrong. If you think all wine writing is an ostentatious attempt to glorify luxury products, you’re wrong.

But of course, some wine writing is exactly what I just described. Some of it is the worst kind of back-slapping, trophy-chasing, handout-seeking pabulum. And on the rare occasions when the world’s most expensive wines have found their way into my glass, I confess to feeling giddy and grateful instead of dripping with cynicism. I’m not perfect. I’m as fascinated by a 30-year-old first growth as just about any collector.

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