Wine is the perfect complement for many evening meals. Whether you are eating in the comfort of your home or dining out with a friend, you may want to include a glass of white or red wine as a beverage. But, which do you choose? There are a few factors you can consider when choosing the right wine for the evening.
Consider your budget.
The amount you want to spend on a bottle of wine will greatly impact your decision. Wine doesn’t have to be expensive – you can typically get a bottle of the good stuff for $20. Cheaper wines are available, and some may find these acceptable when drinking at home. When out on the town or if you have company coming for dinner, you may want to splurge for something a bit more expensive. There are different brands and ages for every budget out there.
Think about the food you are pairing your wine with.
It’s a good idea to consult your food menu when deciding which wine you want to pair with the meal. Food-wine pairing is usually personal preference, but for beginning wine drinkers, there are some guidelines you may wish to follow. For example, a hearty meal of steak and potato will work nicely with a full-bodied red wine. On the other hand, a much lighter meal, such as chicken stir fry, will pair great with a white wine.
Opt for aged wines
Wine is definitely one of those things that “gets better with time”. The longer the fermentation process has lasted, the sweeter the wine will be. This is due to the chemical processes that occur as the wine sits. Choosing a wine that is at least five years old is a good idea if you want a clean taste.
How do you choose your wine?
This post has been brought to you by Wine Selectors.
Photo credit: posterize / freedigitalphotos.net