There is also a bit of a panic when a new wine is needed that night, and it has to be good. But panic not, rather than look for a good wine online and hope some local shop has it, or look at the shop blindly and hope the workers know wine; try using the internet to its fullest to make for a more hassle free wine shopping experience. Many large stores will have a website nowadays with the current wines on selection available to peruse or even reserve. Any wine of interest can be than be researched, see what other people thought of it. Write down the exact name of the wine, maybe a backup option just in case, and those wine carriers to take care of one thing that could easily be just a small part of a very hectic afternoon spent in preparation. While not a fool proof way to get the best wine every time, it is the most trustworthy way to get a good bottle of wine or two the day they are needed. Perfect for impromptu visits from family or friends or when nothing in house suits the meal for that night.
Many are surprised to find that Canada has a thriving wine producing region. But indeed it does have a handful of suburb vineyards that are trying very hard to make a name for Canadian wine. Some of the regions known within Canada for their wine are Okanagan Valley, the Niagara Peninsula and Nova Scotia just to name a variety of them. For those looking to put some Canadian wine in those wine carriers, a trip up North may be the easiest way to really experience the wine of Canada. Maybe Nova Scotia, the coldest wine region in the world, may be a bit of stretch for a wine tour vacation; try the Niagara Peninsula. The Niagara Peninsula grows over three quarters of the grapes in Canada and has a variety of climates often compared to the Loire valley of France. They grow chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot noir in this area as well as the classic ice wine that more people link to Canada than other wines. Not to mention this region is known for its pleasant villages and country inns make it feel more like a normal wine region to vacationers. Giving a new wine region a try makes for not only a unique experience but maybe a sneak peek into some of the best upcoming vineyards.
There is a booming wine industry in China’s bourgeoning middle and upper classes. This new group of wine drinkers has brought a whole new depth to the region of pairing wine with Chinese food even in Europe and the Americas. While it is hard to pair with Chinese food because of the intricacies of flavor present in most Chinese food, there are a few general rules to follow. Find the basic flavor of the main dish; it affects the wine selection if the main dish is spicy, soy based, or mild. Also the meat, or lack of, in the main dish effects wither a white or red is more appropriate. Like more familiar foods, white wine goes best with chicken or fish whereas reds are still more fitting for beef or pork. It is best with Chinese food too to make sure that the wine has a bright but not sharp flavor to cut through the soy sauce or other sauce without overpowering the flavors. Bright citrusy wines make a good impression with the traditional way of combining tastes. Also while it may not be fitting with a lot of Chinese food, it is more fitting for the wine to be slightly sweet. Sweeter wines, after all, are what the average Chinese wine fan seems to look to put in their wine carriers.
After getting a great deal on some wine, and buying more than just for that night, storing wine becomes the consumer’s responsibility. Whereas before the store had fridges set to just the right temperature, most homes have to take a little care to keep wine at its peak while storing it. First of all, all wine hates light. No exceptions, keep wine bottles away from direct light, especially sunlight but even artificial light can deteriorate the contents of even the best bottle of wine. Another equally important thing to remember about wine is that it can spoil quite easily with sudden changes in temperature. Well insulated wine carriers [caption id="attachment_1648" align="alignright" width="211" caption="carriers with closable lids keep cold in better"][/caption]
are essential than with summer coming to make sure that wine is saved from the merciless heat of a warmed up car interior or even its brief encounters with the outside blazing heat.
Once that bottle makes it safely home, just keep it out of the light and in a place with a constant and slightly cool temperature and don’t worry. While most household fridges are too cold to store wine in, adjustable temp drawers are a lifesaver though, a simple empty cooler or cabinet in a dry, cool part of the house will work just fine. Just make sure to store the bottles on their sides or slightly tipped toward the cork. Other than that storing wine is mostly about keeping out light and excess heat; not too hard.
With a simple trip to the grocery store customers will find organic labeled food on just about every single aisle as more consumers are concerned with just what goes into their body. But a trip to the wine store to fill up Wine Carriers with great bottles to bring home to enjoy does not produce the same results. There are just not very many winemakers creating organic wines that fit the exact requirements to carry the USDA Organic label. While many vineyards are organic in many aspects of winemaking the problem lies in the wording of organic and the actual process of making a wine that can be stored for many years. To carry the organic seal a product is not allowed to contain sulfites but for wine this is a critical ingredient to ensure that the vintage will preserve all of its fruit flavors and continue to be fresh despite years of cellaring. Not only are these sulfites added by the winemaker to some degree they also occur naturally in wine.
While it does not appear to be any time soon for the requirements to change for the USDA seal there are other options out there. Winemakers are now using labels such as “natural wine” “biodynamic wine” and more to let consumers know that the product is still green.
Summer is in full swing and that means grilling. Something about summer makes us want to cook on a grill, eat outside, and socialize. So why not indulge in the urge and have a barbeque, with a sophisticated touch. Try having a white wine at your grilling party. White wines are more suitable to summer because of their less decadent tastes and aromas than reds. While often paired with fish, it is becoming more common knowledge that whites also pair wonderfully with pork. Originally thought too daring, it is now accepted as a wonderful pairing to put pork with white wines. Try reflecting a flavor from the white you pick onto the pork. For example if you pick a citrusy white, than add some citrus to the pork. But say you are told to bring the wine for a dinner party, bring white. In fact fill a four bottle wine carrier with it because it will certainly be a hit with the food. White is just the perfect wine that will go great with pretty much any summer foods. So buy some white wine and have a barbeque; indulge all of the desires that we all get during the summer to grill and socialize.
Many wine lovers know that some, but not all, of bottles they bring home in their two bottle wine carriers should be aged in order to bring out the best flavor possible in their purchase. Of course many do not actually understand the aging process and are never sure which bottles to age and which to enjoy right away. Wine is composed of sulfites, acids, and tannins so to understand aging one need to understand these properties. Sulfites are the compounds which keep wine from turning into vinegar, but eventually all wines will turn to vinegar so aging is a careful balance of time. To find good wines for aging look for those with plenty of sulfites in combination with plenty of tannins along with acids. Wines without these characteristics should just be consumed immediately since their flavor will not improve with time in a cellar.
Once stored in the proper temperature along with the lack of light a wine will begin aging. This is a balance of finding just the right amount of time to allow the sulfites and tannins to fade away just enough for an augmented flavor. For those who are unsure just how long a wine should age there are many charts online to help out with this process.
When most wine lovers stop and think about wine country in the western part of the United States of course Napa Valley comes to mind. Napa is renowned for its premium wines and beautiful scenery. Of course for those looking for new wines and new places then maybe a trip to Nampa may just be the answer. This area in the canyon country of Idaho is growing quickly with a boom that now has 40 wineries operating in the region. Idaho is more than just potatoes and wine lovers should grab their four bottle wine totes, carriers, & bags and head to the area looking for new wines to bring home in them. While the region may never be the equal to Napa Valley it is quickly matching areas in Washington and Oregon both in production and in how they are so accessible to guests who want to experience more than just a bottle of wine.
If you are planning a spring or summer wine vacation then consider heading off the beaten path to experience a wine region that is growing when other areas are experiencing economic troubles.
For a truly unique wine experience at your next gathering with friends consider one of the growing wines coming from vineyards made with muscadines instead of traditional grapes. While still grapes these native fruits to Southeast United States are growing in popularity for those who want a local experience. These fruits thrive in warm and humid climates and for those in the south are a real treat. Wineries in Arkansas and other parts of the south are taking advantage of a traditional crop that has been cultivated since the 16th century and are turning more and more into wine. The demand has been growing to the point many cannot produce enough muscadines for the needs of their wineries. As more people outside of the south discover this version of the grape and as scientist begin to discover its benefit to the body demand is only going up.
For those looking for something new to bring home in their wine carriers from the store consider trying a muscadine wine for a truly American experience. As more wineries set up shop in the region expect to see more of these offerings on your store shelves in the future.
The vegan diet has really become one of the most popular lifestyles for many who want to live longer, healthier lives. For many of these followers of this eating plan a glass of wine is something that fits nicely into the strict guidelines of what can and cannot be consumed. Yet many do not realize that not every bottle of wine produced does not meet the requirements to be considered truly vegan. It can be hard to believe since wine is really fermented grapes but it is true. Vegans are not supposed to consume anything from animals and this includes eggs from chickens. So it comes as a surprise to many that some wine makers use egg whites in their process in order to promote clarity in their wines. And even more wineries use a gelatin that is animal-based in order to remove particulates from their wines.
This makes choosing the bottles that will fill their wine bags tougher for vegans who are looking for wines which do not include animal materials. Luckily more and more are starting to realize this group and their special needs and help is out there to find wineries which make wines that are vegan friendly in their entire process for a wine that will fit into this lifestyle easily.
Now that we are in the month of February it is time to think of a little romance and Valentines Day that is coming up. Many are using this special time of year to bring together fine wines and dark chocolate for events to raise money for charity and socialize. While many feel that consuming chocolate and wine is a guilty pleasure, science on the other hand has shown that it is actually a healthy choice when used in moderation. Chocolate lovers can rejoice in the naturally occurring polyphenol antioxidants in the cocoa plant and the darker the chocolate the more are being consumed. While wine lovers have known for some time that especially red wines are loaded with antioxidants that can help you look younger and protect your body from cancer and other diseases.
So as the month of February fills up with opportunities to attending tastings and celebrate love wine lovers should take the time to indulge in these beneficial treats. Of course the tasting does not have to be a large social event it can also be a small treat for two who want to spend time together. Bring home a bottle of your favorite red in a personalized wine bottle holder along with some dark chocolate for your love.
While the health benefits of a glass of wine each day are well known it is also common knowledge that more than a glass a day is actually bad for you even with anti-oxidant rich wine. New studies are showing that for those who are selecting their wine to enjoy as well as to get the maximum health benefits need to shop for those with less alcohol content. Research shows that wine, which is 10% alcohol, is 7% less likely to cause cancer in those who consume it. This is especially true for cancers that occur in the breasts and the bowels. Most wines have an alcohol content of 12-14% and the research shows this slightly higher level of alcohol will counter some of the disease fighting properties that come from antioxidant rich wine.
Those who are wanting to have a glass of wine each day for their health should fill their wine carriers with lower alcohol content wines. But no matter what the levels within the wine the World Cancer Research Fund wants all consumers to remember that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing and wine should be limited to a single glass a day.