Wine Fundas for Dummies

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The best dining spots all over the globe get all the more happening, spirited and full of verve when there is appetizing wine and cheese to delight in. If Johnny Depp’s preference for Château Calon-Ségur wine is as specific as the role he desires, President Barack Obama’s love for Kendall Jackson Chardonnay and South African Graham Beck Brut is enough to make it news material. A ballroom evening when spent with wines to wine ice creams and sorbets makes wine in all forms stand alone. Indeed there is a unique vintage taste when it comes to sipping your favourite label slowly and gently in high quality wine glasses made of lead crystal. Time now to put on your Burberry coat and bow tie as the toast to fine living beckons you. 

Red Wine

As goes the name, Red Wine is prepared from red grapes. The variety of grapes helps contribute in strengthening the taste of the wine. Some of the popular red wines are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,Zinfandel and Pinot Noir. Cabernet Sauvignon produced from the Bordeaux region of France is acclaimed as the “King of Red Wine Grapes”. Known for its fruity flavour and spicy aroma, the Cabernet goes best with red meats. 

Cabernet Sauvignon:



Pinot Noir: noir

White Wine

White Wine is prepared from light to dark grapes and is noted for its pinkish colour. Chardonnay is a popular variety of white wine that is grown in Burgundy (France). Best had with fish and chicken, it has a hint of vanilla along with a fruit tinge. Chenin Blanc, Reisling and Gewurztraminer are other forms of white wine that are versatile and delicious.


Rosé Wine

Known for its pink colour, the texture of the rose wine varies between pale orange to dark pink. There is the sweet and less alcoholic White Zinfandel, the most popular rose wine hailing from California that doubles up as a table wine. Yet another popular rose wine from Burgundy (France) is the Grenache that has hints of raspberries, black cherries and mint and matches well with spicy food.         

White Zinfandel: zinfandel

Dessert Wine

The tag ‘Dessert’ more often than not brings to mind a recipe that is meant for the sweet tooth. Same is the case with Dessert Wine. Served with desserts, Dessert Wines are consumed in the form of raisin wines and ice wines as a befitting accompaniment to a lavish meal. Also known as Pudding Wine, Red dessert wines such as Recioto della Valpolicella is an excellent dessert wine with an intense red purple colour that is served with dry cakes and biscuits.


Sparkling Wine

Easy to make out, a Sparkling wine stands out for the carbon dioxide level that paves way for its fizzy character. The sweetness of the sparkling wine is determined by the amount of sugar added after the second round of fermentation. Amongst the most popular sparkling wines are ChampagneChandon Vintage Brut, Lindauer Cuvée Brut and Edenvale Sparkling Cuvée.


Fortified Wine

A delicious wine fortified with additional amount of alcohol added during fermentation makes a Fortified wine. Available in dry and sweet styles and made to age in wooden casks, some of the popular fortified wines that are the first preference are Port WineSherry, Vermouth, Madeira. Cheese, nuts, cream-based and chocolate desserts make a fantastic pairing partner with a fortified wine.

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Port Wine: