Wine is enjoyed with every meal in the United States. It does not matter if there is something to celebrate or not; the wine must be served. In 2016, Americans consumed 949 million gallons of wine, with 5% of people admitting to drinking wine every day as of February 2017. What people don’t know is that wine is a peculiar beverage. If you change the glass you serve it with, you change the way it tastes. In today’s guide, we will tell you how to serve wine so it tastes the best it can.
- A proper glass makes the difference: Whether you will be serving white pear wine, red wine, or sweet wine, the glass you use matters, and Georg Riedel proved it in 1986. Back then, people served wine in a specific glass, but Riedel came up with a line of different crystal glasses, which caused a lot of confusion. To prove his point, he started hosting wine glass tastings, and the difference was evident. This does not mean you have to buy the best of Riedel, but it means you have to find the glass that fits the occasion.
- Wine tastes better when it’s slightly chilled: Beverages taste pretty different at different temperatures. The same goes for wine. Delicate floral aromatics in some wines become subdued if you serve the wine overly cold. Some wines, on the other hand, burn off too quickly when served warm. The best thing is to serve the wine slightly chilled where the flavor is best preserved, and the taste is best. Whether you will be serving the wine in a hotel or venues for weddings, red wines taste their best when served slightly below room temperature. Some wines will taste the best when served at the lowest point of the spectrum, but most are fine if the temperature range between 53 degrees F and 68 degrees F. White wines prefer to be kept closer to room temperature than red wines. If you are thinking of serving white pear wine, for instance, keep the temperature close to 44 degrees and 57 degrees. Zesty white wines can enjoy a little cooler their counterparts to ignite the best taste. If you thought white wine enjoys room temperature, you have not met sparkling wines. This wine prefers things a little warmer than white wines with temperatures ranging from 38 to 45 degrees. This is, however, best for most affordable sparkling wines. If you have in mind high-quality wine and Champaign, you might want to serve it a little cooler, generally the same temperate as white wine, to bring out the best taste. Like in any market, you likely to come across different wine brands when selecting your wines. Remember, serving the more affordable wines chilled will disguise the ‘off’ aromas while a wine chilled above 70 degrees will smell more alcoholic as the ethanol evaporates.
- How to preserve open wines to maintain the taste: You don’t need wineries to tell you that wine won’t last the night once the bottle is left open. But you may not finish a bottle once you open it which leaves you with a sticky situation. To preserve your wine, you can use wine preservers, which is one of the best ways to keep your wine tasting great.
Also, store your white pear wine in the fridge or a wine fridge to keep it fresh. The cold slows down further development of the wine, which keeps fresh and tasting great. Do not keep your wine in direct sunlight. Sunlight spells doom for any wine and should be avoided.
- How to pour your wine: Wine bottles come in a little over 25 ounces, which means that each bottle can serve at least five people per sitting or five servings if you are enjoying it alone. Most wine glasses will have the capacity for much more wine, which is intentional. What most people don’t know is that the extra space is meant to hold the aroma, so don’t fill your glass to the brim.
Wine is best enjoyed with friends and was traditionally a celebratory drink, but nothing is deterring you from enjoying your white pear wine by yourself with music and magnificent scenery.