Yes Charlotte, mistakes with your wine. I see it all the time and frankly, some of it is rather scary. I see it in your homes, in your backyards and even in some restaurants around town. Granted, we all make mistakes. But have no fear, The Wineaux is here to help you out. With a little guidance, these common mistakes will fade into your past.
You’re storing your wine wrong – You need to start lying your wine down on its side, in a dark and cool place with no disturbances. Take it off the top of your frig. It’s hot up there and every time your frig kicks on, it shakes up your wine.
You’re holding your glass all wrong – It might seem practical to hold your wine glass at the bottom of the bowl, cupping the bowl in your hand with the stem through your fingers, but that’s not good for your wine. Your body heat will warm the wine which can throw off its taste and smell. Hold your wine by the stem or the base. That’s why your wine glass has a stem in the first place. Wine is served at an optimal temperature and it’s best to keep it at that temperature while you enjoy it.
You’re serving your wine too cold – White wine served right out of the frig us way too cold. Serving wine too cold can hide its special flavors and aromas. Sure, it might be easy to drink that way, but you’re missing out on its deliciousness. Your average frig keeps things at about 35 degrees and Chardonnay fairs much better around 48. See the wine temperature guide below.
You’re serving your wine too hot – Red wine served to warm causes the alcohol flavors to overpower it’s fruit and delightful complexities. I know, you have always heard you should serve red wine at “room temperature”, but it’s a lie! I think originally that referred to “Wine Cellar Temperature”, but however this misinformation got started, lets correct it now. The average temperature to serve red wine is around 63 degrees. Here’s a chart to help you out. http://www.wineintro.com/basics/temperatures.html
Don’t pour a full glass – Maybe you think it will save time, not having to go back for another glass; but actually it robs you of the wines aromas and prevents you from the ability to swirl and help to open it up to more flavor. Pour to the widest part of the wine glass (about 1/3 full). In a good wine glass that will be about 4 to 5 ounces.
Don’t blow the Champagne cork across the room – Oh yeah, it sounds neat and looks really cool. Not! It can be dangerous, but mostly the abrupt release robs the wine more quickly of its bubbles. And with sparkling wine, after the taste, it’s all about the bubbles.
You’re decanting your wine too long – Do you know what decanting is? You do decant older wines, right? Hmm. Let’s skip this one and save “the art of decanting” for another time.
Do not put cream soda or anything else in your wine – For those of you that don’t know, and thank goodness you don’t, the former owner of the Drunken Monkey and the star of “Mob Wives”, Big Ang, seems to favor red wine and cream soda. Big Ang appears to have a following in this regard. So if your following, please stop. Just nasty.
Stop putting ice in your wine – It dilutes the wine. It destroys it. Please stop.
Stop drinking wine with a straw – You know who you are. I’ve seen you. Don’t do it.
You’re over-thinking wine – The most important thing about drinking wine is enjoying it. Who cares if you’re a novice or a wine aficionado, if you like what’s in your glass, enjoy.
Drinking wine is not a science, it’s an adventure – Sit back with your friends and have some fun. Stop drinking the same crap you always do and expand your palate, experiment with new things. I promise you will be rewarded with hours of enjoyment and stories and friends and adventures.