We’ve learned from our favorite wine enthusiast movies like Sideways (2004), Bottle Shock (2008), and A Good Year (2006) wine is a wonderfully complex and intricate indulgence. Here are a few everyday tips and tricks most of us tend to forget, but should make a point not to miss.
Invest in your stemware - It’s an important investment. Thin rims with wide bowls providing plenty of room for air makes wine taste better. Crystal releases aromas the best because it has a rougher texture than regular glass. Thin glass is best because thick stemware can feel heavy and get in the way of our tasting the wine itself. Long stems are more comfortable to hold, and yes, they do appear more stylish.
Keep a wine journal - If you discover a jewel, then are lucky enough to stumble across its perfect food pairing, take note. Your journal doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just use a spiral notebook or type it into the notes section on your phone to keep track of the vintage, producer, and what you liked most about it.
Wine sleeves are an adventurer’s best friend - They make your hikes, picnics, and trips to the beach infinitely better. You can find gel-filled wine sleeves, totes, and reusable champagne jackets you simply keep in the freezer and pull out to keep your bottle ready for your sunny day outdoors. It’s worth bringing along even to those extra long hikes as they can keep your wine chilled for up to five hours.
Know how to store your wine - You don’t have to own a fancy stone cellar to learn how best to store your wine, and you don’t even have to drop hundreds on a fancy wine fridge. To best preserve your bottles you simply need to find the coolest darkest place in your home. A basic hall closet can suffice. Did you know the worst place to store your wine is on the top rack of your fridge? The heat and vibrations are a bad combination, so be sure to store your top shelf stuff on the bottom!
As wine enthusiasts, we are constantly learning the best way to enjoy our wine bonding experience. Simple tips to pay attention to can save those precious bottles and preserve them longer. Avoid contributing to their inevitable decline, strap on that hiking backpack, and make sure your picnic basket contains some long stemware!
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