Proper Wine Consumption
Amazing how an entire culture revolves around the extract of a single fruit. Although appreciating wine can sometimes seem like splitting hairs, the subtleties of this acquired taste become real as ever when optimally served and paired with the right foods. Let us go through some pointers you can use to make your wine tasting experience more fruitful! Properly serving has the potential of making cheaper wines more palatable but it can tarnish a high-end bottle if done poorly. Aerating or decanting your wine right before drinking can make a noticeable difference. The Starfrit Wine Aerator instantly releases the aromas of wine and enhances its flavor. Another key factor is uncorking your bottle. Before inserting your corkscrew, make sure the point of the worm (curlicue part of the opener) is slightly off center. Once you start turning in, the worm will center itself and the cork will stay in one piece! For safe bottle opening every time, use the Starfrit Automatic Corkscrew and its non-stick spiral coating. In cases of leftover wine, make sure to use a wine preserver to keep oxygen and bacteria away. To give you an idea, when exposed to oxygen for too long, wine turns into vinegar. That’s when the Starfrit Wine Stopper comes in handy: simply insert it in any bottle neck and pull the lever to seal the bottle. Serving temperatures The ideal serving temperature varies depending on the type of wine chosen. As mentioned earlier, this is one of the things that can greatly affect wine, for better or for worst. For example, slightly cooling cheaper red wines can hide some of their less bearable traits whereas wines over 70°F/21°C tend to smell more alcoholic because of increased ethanol evaporation.
- Red wines in general are always best served cooled instead of at room temperature, against widespread belief. They are usually best kept in the 53°F/12°C to 69°F/21°C range.
- As for rosés, the rule of thumb is to keep them in the fridge for 30 minutes before opening, bring them to around 53°F/12°C to 63°F/17°C.
- White wine, does not have to be freezing cold but merely “fridge cold”, between 44°F/7°C and 57°F/14°C.