There are very few feelings in life that could possibly surpass that of relaxing in a comfortable armchair on a cold Winter’s night, a log fire roaring in the corner, the wind howling outside, and a glass of red resting in the hand.
It may seem like a, ‘picture perfect’, moment of what red wine is all about, and perhaps it is. Indeed for many wine lovers, finding a wine which is exquisite, memorable and made to be shared, is always an exciting moment.
However with so many different types of red wine available, finding one that truly pleases the senses can at times seem like a very daunting task.
One step that can much aid your endeavor, is that of being both informed and familiar with what each of the red wines really represents.
The Typical Taste: Wild black fruits is easily picked up, accompanied by a hint of spice and a collection of fruit sensations.
Best Food Pairing: Red Meat
The Typical Taste: Often noted for its herbal flavor, tones of cherries and plums are often noted.
Best Food Pairing: Pork
The Typical Taste: Full bodied and bold, often with hints of pepper and dark fruit.
Best Food Pairing: Red Meat (simply prepared, without competing strong tastes)
The Typical Taste: Easy drinking choice, often bursting with fruity tones coupled with a hint of spice.
Best Food Pairing: Indian dishes
The Typical Taste: A delicate red wine, with many fruity tones, especially strawberry and cherry.
Best Food Pairing: Grilled Fish
The Typical Taste: A fresh taste of spice and berries.
Best Food Pairing: Pizza and Pasta
The Typical Taste: A dark fruit taste, often berry or plum notes are mentioned.
Best Food Pairing: Mediterranean dishes
The Typical Taste: Known for an excellent balance of acidity and smooth texture, the typical taste notes are dark fruits such as cherries and plums.
Best Food Pairing: Tomato based dishes.
Finding a selection of red wines that please all of the senses can be both an exciting and a challenging feat. However by familiarizing oneself with the eight common types of red wine and understanding what each type truly represents, it becomes easier to understand which type (or types) are particularly pleasing to one’s own individual taste.
Understanding food pairings is also crucial in knowing which red wine to serve and when. A wine choice which is exceptionally good when enjoyed alone for example, may be very displeasing when served with poultry or fish.
For people who have an interest and passion for red wine and understanding the various types available, wine classes, tasting sessions and winery tours are a great way to become familiar with wine types, sample wines from various years, regions and styles, and bring the joys of red wine to another culinary level.