Wine Guide – How to Tell, Taste, and Rate Good Wines

Many of us are not even vaguely familiar with the different varieties of wine that are available for purchase. In fact, some of us probably thought red wine and white wine were the only ones in existence. Most of us don’t have any idea of the number of varieties of wine that are in existence. We have dinner wines, dessert wines, red wines, white wines, dry red wine, dry white wine, sweet red wine, sweet white wine and much more. Before you serve your first dinner that includes wine, make sure to understand something about wines. Know what is proper to serve with different meals.

A general rule of thumb is white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat, but there may sometimes be variations to that. For instance, although chicken is a white meat, red wine is the customary wine of choice because it complements a chicken meal better than white wine. Another variation is turkey which has both white meat and dark meat. Because of both white and dark meat on turkey, one can choose to serve either white or red wine while some may actually serve both—red to the guests who choose dark meat and white to those who choose white meat.

Table of Contents
Becoming Familiar with Wine …….3
Choosing a Dessert Wine …….3
Choosing a High Quality Wine …….4
Choosing a Wine with Dinner …….5
Cooking with Wine ……..6
Do Wine Glasses Matter? …….6
Does Price Define Quality in Wine? …….7
Following the Wine Serving Rules ……..8
Fruit and Specialty Wines …….8
Have You Tried Local Wines? …….9
How to Choose a Red Wine with Fish ……..10
How to Qualify as a Wine Critic ……..10
How to Store Wine ……..11
Is Wine Making Easy? ……..12
Making Accommodations for Non-Drinking Guests ……. 12
Planning a Wine Tasting Party …….13
Presenting Your Host with a Bottle of Wine …….14
Red or White: Making the Right Decision ……..15
Red Wine and Red Meat Pairing ……..15
Serving Wine without Dinner …….16
The Art of Wine Tasting …….17
The Importance of Serving the Proper Wine ……..17
The Wine Making Process …….18
The Importance of Quality Wine in Cooking …….19
Your Initial Wine Purchase …….19