A Guide to Wine

When traveling its always nice to stay with a friendly face, and have a time out from the constant activities of traveling. Even better it normally includes free food and transport, things that no traveler can complain about. Generally family and friends will not accept money for their hospitality, and so a gift is required. Thankfully there’s generally no universally better gift than a bottle (or two) of wine. But which one do you buy? Follow our simple guide of the main wine types and you should be okay.

 

Red Wine:

 

Cabernet Sauvignon

A full bodied wine with a high alcohol content and tannin levels leading to a strong and lingering finish. On the palette you should taste blackcurrant, berries and vanilla. Its a wine that pairs well with foods high in fat; burgers, dishes with a tomato based sauce such as lasagne or generally cheesy meals.

 

Shiraz or Syrah

A heavy wine, with intense fruit, pepper and tobacco flavours. Because of the wines' strong and fiery flavours it pairs brilliantly with strong meaty and smokey flavours, and so is perfect with beef, barbecued meats or pizza. Luckily Shiraz has high levels of Antioxidants, so you'll feel better about what you're eating.

 

Pinot Noir

A light-bodied red with high acidity and dryness. Pinot Noir has nuanced flavours of red berries such as cherries and cranberries, along with notes of rose and rhubarb. A wine that goes with most dishes, but particularly with game and lamb.

 

White Wine:

 

Chardonnay

A dry full-bodied white wine that when unoaked will have a light, zesty flavour with pear, apple and butterscotch. With its balance of acidity chardonnay pairs well with seafood and dishes with creamy and rich sauces.

 

Sauvignon Blanc

Another dry white wine, with an added tartness backed up by it's largely citrus palette. Matches well with seafood, chicken and pork. The acidity of the wine cuts through oily sauces.

 

Riesling

Generally high in acidity. Rieslings can either be very sweet or very dry and even more acidic. Lemon and stoned fruit; being peaches and nectarines feature readily, with more floral notes sometimes present. Due to its acidity Rieslings pair well with poultry, pasta and spice, present in most Asian cuisine.

 

Now you know which wine might be right for you, just remember our most important rule when buying booze. Don't buy cheap rubbish, and don't pay just for the name. For wine spend more than £10, and for an average occasion, not over £40

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