We all love wine, but how much do you know about wine and it’s different complexities? So many different factors go into wine making, like the place the grapes were grown, the types of grapes used, the year they were grown, how long they are aged, along with a dozen other factors. When professionals test wine, they are not only testing for it’s taste, but also its appearance and aroma. It’s a lot to process. For those of us who are not professional wine sommeliers, here is a quick breakdown of different kinds of wine and how to choose what wine to go with dinner without looking like a fool.

Wine-BLEND Bar and CigarHow it’s made

You probably know that wine is made from grapes, but what you may not know is that wine grapes are not like the kind you can find in the store. Wine grapes are smaller, sweeter, have thick skins and contain seeds. The quality of the grapes determines the quality of the wine. In order to turn these grapes into wine, the grapes are picked, destemmed, crushed, pressed (separating the juice from the skin), fermented, purified, preserved, aged, and then bottled.

Different types

There are many different types of wine. The easiest way to split them up is by colors between white and red. Below are the differences between red and white wine and the most popular types of each.

White wines: Whites can range from very dry to sweet and golden. They are produced from red and white grapes and are best served at colder temperatures (43-55 degrees Fahrenheit). Some popular types of white wines are:

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc

Red wines: Reds are produced from black, red or blue grapes. The get their color from soaking with the grape skins for a certain amount of time, and also from tannins which give the wine density. Reds wines are served at warmer temperatures (55-63 degrees Fahrenheit) and generally age better than white wines. Some popular types of red wines are:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Zinfandel

Do you prefer red wine or white wine? Most people prefer one or the other, while some enjoy either, depending on the circumstances. For example, some wines pair better with certain foods than other wines.

Wine-BLEND Bar and CigarPairing wines

Wines and foods both have specific components such as rich, bitter, fruity, sweet and acidic. The best food and wine pairings are those when the food and wine have complementary components. Pairing wine with food can be a difficult task, so we’ve compiled a quick guide of common wine and food pairings that you can use to impress your friends next time you go out to eat.

  • Fish: For light fish dishes, opt for a pinot grigio. For fatty fish or fish in rich dressing, chose a chardonnay instead.
  • Chicken is a versatile meat, and so the wine pairings can be versatile too.
    • For chicken in creamy sauce, in pasta dishes or in salad, chose chardonnay.
    • Asian-style chicken, like thai green chicken curry, sweet and sour chicken, and tikka masala, go well with a riesling or pinot grigio.
    • Fried chicken is great with pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc.
    • Chicken with tomato or pepper-based sauces are good with merlot.
    • Barbeque chicken pairs with slightly sweet wines like Shiraz or Zinfandel.
  • Red Meat: Cabernet sauvignon is the best choice.
  • Tart dressings and sauces: Sauvignon blanc will pair well with these meals.
  • Spicy dishes: Riesling, malbec and syrah are all good options.
  • Earthy food: You will be happy to chose a pinot noir.
  • Cheesy food: Rose is a good option for this type of food, as well as many others.
  • Fruit desserts: Go for the moscato.

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Don’t forget to check our BLEND’s wine cellar. It’s nothing short of spectacular, offering rare wines that you’ll have difficulty finding anywhere else.


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