A Beginner’s Guide To Wine


By Tony Subia
January 8, 2013

To wine connoisseurs, wine can almost become a lifestyle.

“Wine to me is passion. It’s family and friends. It’s warmth of heart and generosity of
spirit. Wine is art. It’s culture. It’s the essence of civilization and the art of living.”

~ Robert Mondavi

A Beginners Guide To Making Wine Choices

This Wine Guide To Wine Basics is compliments of Wine Folly. It provides the basic keys to understanding wine. Its characteristics can permit you to believe that wine can become as beautiful as a piece of fine art. What the colors of wine tell your about wine. The correct drinking temperatures of various types and styles of wine. How to recognize unique aromas and tastes of wine. And even such things as calories, alcohol content, even the shapes of wine glasses that may affect taste and aromas.

Also see a very detailed Types of Wine Chart.

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Guide To Understanding Wine

Original Source: Different Types of Wine

What Makes Wine So Appealing?

There are wine dabblers. When dining, they just want a glass of wine simply because food needs an accompaniment. It’s nice. It’s tasty. It’s okay. But it doesn’t really elicit a rhapsody of ecstasy. Maybe dabbling in wine is like dabbling in art? Are you looking for a painting just to fill a void on a living room wall? Or are you one that visits a gallery and spends time standing in front of a painting analyzing every element that distinguishes its beauty?

Enlightenment to the fine art of drinking wine is somewhat like fine art appreciation. It’s about depth, composition and style. In wines case, add taste and aroma. A wine maker’s ultimate goal is enjoyment and evoking a delightful emotion. The complexities, skills, and unique wine production techniques have been handed-down for centuries.

This guide to selecting types of wine and that satisfy individual preferences of taste and pairing of wine will set you on the road towards becoming an expert. Or at least being able to order wine like a seasoned pro when dining at a great steakhouse or restaurant. Who knows, you may even become a fine wine connoisseur.

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