The Darker the Berry, The Sweeter the Juice
“The darker the berry the sweeter the juice.” An old saying that represents more than just song lyrics, in this case I’m actually referring to wine. There are a variety of different wines that are used to make the alcoholic beverage. For those of you who don’t classify as wine drinkers I’m sure after reading this article you might just find yourself with a glass or two by tomorrow. Finding the wine that best goes well with your taste buds is kind of like finding the person of your dreams, hard to find but is definitely out there.
Off the top of your head ask yourself these two simple questions: do you prefer sweet or non-sweet drinks? And are you privy to white or dark beverages.
After determining your likes and dislikes one is a single step from tasting perfection. For those of you that enjoy a sweeter type of taste, white wines are more your flavor. Popular wines such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewürztraminer are perfect examples. White wines tend to be colorless and are usually made from white grapes, however some of the white wines can be made from red grapes. Plus one of the interesting things about white wine is that they generally range from dry to sweet, which means your taste buds are never out of luck depending on your personal preference.
As for the non-sweet wine drinkers, also known as “dry wine” among connoisseurs. Red wines are your basic color wines. Red wines are made from the red grape varieties. These wines get their color by allowing the skin of the grapes to get in contact with the grape juice during the wine making process, making the taste of the wine less sweeter. The popular choices among red wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel. So say your out on a date and want to order a glass of wine with your dessert, but are clueless to just the right drink to compliment your sweet course. I would highly suggest a dessert wine.
Dessert wines vary from off dry to “super sticky” sweet wines. The dessert wines are considered to be the sweetest of all wines. The most popular dessert wines include Madeira, Vermouth, Marsala, Sherry, Cream Sherry, along with Port as well as the vice that many women swear by as an absolute delicacy, Moscato. Dessert wines come in different flavors such as peach, almond, oak, and herbs. Combining the dessert wine with the creamy desserts will be a wonderful combination. As a rule of thumb remember to always have the dessert wine sweeter than the desserts it is served with.
An ideal place to taste the perfect wine is at the winery itself. Most wineries the consumer gets to taste the wine right after its been made, because they are the ones that make it. Wines usually range from $7.99 all the way up to $200.00, depending on the type of wine that best fits you and your taste. Courtesy of All About Wine here are few tips when pairing food with wine:
#1 If you are having wine in a party do not match them unless you are necessarily you are requested to do so.
#2 If you are serving more that one wine for a meal then generally the lighter wines should be served first before the full-bodied ones. And sweet wines should be served first before the dry wines if you are serving a sweet flavored dish in the meal.
#3 Always lighter wines with light food and full-bodied wines with heavy meals.
#4 You can easily pair wines with the full and more flavored dishes.
#5 Make sure that you do not pair dishes that are sweeter than the wines.
And most importantly REMEMBER to DRINK RESPONSIBLY.
Written By: Taelor Cage