How to choose wine like a pro
Choosing wine must be among one of the hardest things to do. I had a friend who told me that he will simply choose the most expensive bottle at the supermarket.
If you want to get more bang for your buck and not be at the mercy of pricing strategies, we have put together a cheatsheet to 7 wines that will take you from dinner to a romantic date. Wines you can enjoy with dishes or cake. We have covered Champagne, Riesling, Pinot Noir and dessert wines. The good news is, we now have 10% storewide with Promo Code CCB10OFF.
A 3 minutes read.
1) What's the occasion?
A celebratory meal or a romantic date? Is the wine the star or meant to blend into the background? That should help to narrow the price range.
For parties, I would recommend an easy drinking Sasso Rosso (above right) by Fondo del Sole from Italy or a Casual White from Austria. With the aroma of fresh Maraschino cherries, this wine is pleasant and unpretentious.
The Casual White from Weingut Michael Opitz is a blend of Chardonnay, Muscat Ottonel and Sauvignon Blanc- two of the best loved white grape varietals in the world. What's not to love. It's lovely to enjoy with friends or strangers at the end of a meal with a lemon sorbet.
For a celebration- be it a job promotion, a wedding, nothing says congratulations better than a bottle of bubbly. And we have one of the finest and underrated champagnes - Pierre Mignon Grande Reserve.
With only 4,000 bottles in production, Champagne Pierre Mignon is an esteemed member of the Union de Maisons de Champagne (also known as Grandes Marques). You can be assured that every bottle is crafted with the passion of a perfectionist!
2) Pairing with food
This can be tricky if it's a dinner and everyone is having a different course. You will need a wine that complements a variety of dishes. For that we would recommend a Riesling which has a nice acidity to cut through the flavours.
The Rotliegendes Altenforst Spätlese Riesling by Weingut Möwes is derived from red slate and is harvested later at a higher sugar level from older vines. With an earthiness and persistent acidity, this wine will complement dishes like fish ceviche and cured meats. Char siew, sweet and sour pork are some of the choices to consider. For vegetarians, shashuka or a vegetable curry.
Or you can consider our Oberemeler Altenberg Pinot Noir by Weingut Rinke, it's excellent with duck a l' Orange or pan fried pork. Not a fan of meat? Roasted eggplants with parmesan (we love this recipe by Cookie and Kate).
3) The recipient's preferences
This is the ultimate wild card. Perhaps the recipient has a sweet tooth?
We have not one, but two wines also from Weingut Möwes for you to choose. The Riesling ‘Schiefer-Steillage’ Beerenauslese and Rülander ‘Schlossberg’ Beerenauslese, will go well with desserts. We paired it here with the chocolate chip yogurt cake (Recipe by An Italian in My Kitchen) which we baked.
The Riesling has a dried fruit sweetness which pairs nicely with not just cake but honey-glazed ham, blue-cheese, sweet- and-sour dishes, and even buttered lobster! The Rülander (Pinot Gris) has lovely floral aromas and honeyed cereal and will be a hit with those who prefer something pleasing with a mouth filling palate.
There you have it. Seven wines you can consider when buying a bottle a wine!
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