BEGINNERS WINE GUIDE


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Beginners Wine Guide...

We take the mystery (and snobbery) out of wine for you--  and encourage you to try different wines and brands 'til you find some favorites. There is a certain mystique surrounding wine that can make it seem complicated and bound by "rules".

Hogwash! Here we present a general wine guide to get you started... and remember, those "rules" are meant to be broken... If you want to chill your burgundy, go ahead...
 


FUN WITH WINE !

Before we provide our compact and useful guide, we encourage you to explore the fun and interesting  world of wine tasting with these fun kits:
 

 
    STELLA'S HOT PICKS  red hot chili pepper

 


 


A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO WINE

 

           champagne adds class and fun to any occasion

SPARKLING WINES/ CHAMPAGNE: 
Serve chilled & keep the wine bottle on ice
            

  • Good with any course, but favored for breakfasts, brunch, light entrees like chicken or veal
  • Natural (very dry)
  • Brut (dry)
  • Extra Dry (hint of sweetness)
  • Dry (medium sweet)
  • Sec (noticeably sweet)
  • Demi-Sec (very sweet)
     

WHITE WINES: Serve well chilled

  • Serve with fish, shellfish, poultry, ham, veal & cold salads
  • Light & dry white wines:
        Chablis; Soave; Pinot Blanc; Rhine; Muscadet
  • Medium dry white wines:
        Colombard; Chardonnay; Chenin Blanc; Alsace
        Riesling; Pouilly-Fuisse
  • Aromatic white wines/with a hint of sweetness:
        Riesling; Pinot Grigio; Fume Blanc; Muscot;
        Savignon Blanc; Zinfandel blanc; Pinot Noir
        Blanc
  • Sweet white wines:
        Liebfraumilch; Lambrusco
     

                                    rose wine is a versatile dining favorite             

ROSE WINES: Serve chilled

  • Serve with barbeque, cold buffet, ham, quiche, cold cuts
  • Rose wines (Fruity blends from slightly sweet to sweet):   
        Blush; White Zinfandel; White Grenache; Vin Gris
     

                       chianti provides an earthy, mellow accent to heavy meals

RED WINES: Serve room temperature or very slightly chilled

  • Dry, fresh  and fruity reds (serve with chicken, cold meats, stew, grilled meats, pasta salad)
        Gamay; Red Zinfandel; Burgundy; Beaujolais;
        Valpolicella
     
  • Dry, more full-bodied & assertive reds (serve room temp with beef, lamb or game)
        Barbera; Merlot; Cabernet Savignon; Pinot Noir;
        Chianti; Red Bordeaux
     



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