How to choose the perfect wine for your palate
Wine is a personal choice, and there are some things you need to know when you’re shopping.
Here are five tips to help you decide what you like best.
Choose a good wine.
Wine is about balance.
While some wines have a certain sweetness or fruityness that people love, others have a stronger taste and a deeper, more complex taste.
“There are lots of different ways of tasting wine,” says Chris Muehlenbach, founder of Wine Spectator, which tracks wine trends in the US.
Some people like the aroma of a wine with a bit of spice, while others love the smell of a white wine with notes of honey, oak and citrus.
You may also enjoy wine that has an earthy or fruty flavour.
A wine that’s fruity and earthy is a better choice than one that’s sweeter or has a bit more body.2.
Think about your palate.
As with all foods, wine comes in different flavours.
So what is your palate like?
You’ll need to ask yourself how your palate responds to different types of wine.
For instance, is it sweet, fruity, dry or rich?
If you prefer a more fruity or earthy wine, you may want to seek out a dryer, more earthy version.
And you might like to try a wine that pairs well with a salad.
“For me, there’s something really satisfying in a wine I like to drink with a nice steak or grilled cheese or something,” Muehlbach says.3.
Ask about the history of the wine.
“It can be a little bit confusing if you’re not familiar with the history behind the grapes, the origins of the grapes,” says Muehnbach.
“The grapes used to be made from the same wild type of grape that grapes are grown today on.
They’re actually not that different from today’s varieties.
But they were cultivated by different people for different purposes.”4.
Ask for a tasting menu.
When buying wine, Muehrbach says it’s important to ask about the menu, the wine’s label and what the winemaker is telling you about the quality.
“People tend to buy wine because they like the taste of it, rather than because it’s the best they can afford,” Muesbach says, “and that’s not always the case.”5.
Buy a bottle of wine you love.
Muehmbach suggests a small bottle or two, but you can also choose to spend more money if you like a wine.
Mueshbach suggests the smaller the better, but Muehhlenbach says a glass is fine for someone who likes to drink a lot of wine, but isn’t looking for a wine for every occasion.
“If you’re looking for something that’s going to be a great wine for dinner, it would be nice to have a glass or two for dessert,” he says.
“A couple glasses would be great for dessert, too.”
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