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All about wine
What exactly is wine?
Wine is an alcoholic drink where grapes are the star of the show. Wines usually contain water, alcohol, aromatics, acids and tannins that come together to give each style its distinct flavor and character.
More facts about wine
Although this nectar of the gods may come across as a simple alcoholic beverage, several complex factors give each variety its own distinct flavor, aroma, acidity and sweetness. Most are mild to moderately acidic and, depending on the variety, can be mildly sweet or very sweet. Dry varieties have no sugar content. Different varieties have complex aromas, with some featuring the fragrance of berries, while others have a floral scent.
Popular types of wine
The two most popular varieties include white and red wines. These varieties further divide into sub-types, giving you a range of options to choose from. Red wines have soft and rich flavors with velvet finishes, while white wines feature crisp and refreshing palettes with floral scents and fruity notes.
Popular types of red include cabernet sauvignon, syrah, pinot noir and more. Cabernet sauvignon is a full-bodied red wine, featuring black fruit flavors and a hint of spices and oak.
White wine types include chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and more. Wine connoisseurs love chardonnay for its citrusy notes and tropical flavors. The dry style is the ideal choice for those who love their wines crisp and acidic.
Sparkling wines are for those celebratory moments in life when you want to cork open a bubbly to enjoy the special occasion. Sparkling varieties are usually white or rosé, but they also come in red. To round off a meal on a sweet note, try one of the many delectable dessert wines.
Food pairings with wine
Consider some general rules to keep in mind when planning a food menu around wine. The wine you're serving must be more acidic than your dishes and should not be sweeter than the food. The flavor of the beverage and the food must match to a degree. Red varieties pair well with boldly flavored dishes, while white types go well with light dishes such as chicken or seafood.