If you are new to the world of wine drinking, here are a few guidelines that will help you enjoy your red wine:
Knowing Your Red Wines: Red wines are most simply differentiated by what is known as their ‘body’ type. Light-bodied red wines offer a less intense taste that does not last as long on the pallet and full-bodied red wines supply a much heavier taste that lingers on in the mouth. There are also several versions of medium-bodied red wines that fall somewhere in between.
The key to enjoying your red wine is to start with a light-bodied variety and work your way through to the heavier-bodied varieties. If you start the other way round, the stronger flavors will drown the lighter ones. To enjoy your red wine evening to the utmost, you would do best to start off with a light wine variety such as a Merlot or Barbera and move on to a medium bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir or Tempranillo before hitting the Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Shiraz or any of the other full-bodied wines. (more…)