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Wine Secrets
Become a Wine Expert.

Knowing When to Drink It
A good rule of thumb is, if the wine retails for less than $25, it's probably ready to drink. Wines above this price point are usually made with better quality grapes grown in better conditions, both of which tend to push the price up. With quality often comes aging potential. Remember, the vast majority of wines are ready to drink upon bottling.

Knowing When to Drink It
Knowing when to drink a wine depends on your ability to detect the fruit concentration, tannin, acidity, and alcohol, and the balance of these four elements. Fruit concentration and tannin diminish as wine ages, while acidity and alcohol remain constant. So, a wine with more fruit and tannin than acidity and alcohol can improve with age.

Knowing When to Drink It
When fruit concentration and tannin are in balance with acidity and alcohol, a wine is ready to drink. Once these elements are balanced, a wine will stay that way—or "keep"—for a period of time, the length of which varies.

Knowing When to Drink It
Building on the last couple of secrets, fruit concentration is perceived midpalate as flavor intensity. Tannins are felt around the gums as a drying sensation, much like the sensation of drinking strong black tea. Acidity is detected as sourness felt on the sides of the tongue making you salivate. And alcohol is felt as heat on the back of the palate, particularly after swallowing.

Knowing When to Drink It
Knowing when an ageworthy wine is ready to drink is fairly subjective. Some people like their wines youthful, uncomplicated, and fresh tasting, while others prefer the more subtle levels of complexity that come with maturity.

Knowing When to Drink It
Some grape varieties keep better than others and thus age more gracefully. A few reds that tend to age well are Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo (the grape of Barolo and Barbaresco wines), and Pinot Noir. Gamay and Cabernet Franc on the other hand are notoriously best drank young.

Knowing When to Drink It
Whites generally don't age as well as reds because they lack tannin. Tannin present in red wine is a natural preservative.

Knowing When to Drink It
Some white wines can improve with time in bottle, particularly those made from Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay grapes, as long as they've been made well and have sufficient concentrations of fruit.

Knowing When to Drink It
Champagne can age for decades. Vintage Champagne, which is usually made from the best fruit of the best years, has the most potential to improve in bottle. Look to better quality producers for stuff to lie down.

Knowing When to Drink It
It is sometimes difficult to distinguish low quality wine that's harsh tasting from that which is high quality but not ready to drink. Both will have chewy tannins and frankly will be unpleasant to drink. One clue can be the price. But the most accurate way to tell is by judging the balance of the wine yourself. A low quality wine will show low fruit concentration relative to the tannins, acidity, and alcohol, while a high quality one will be comparatively rich in fruit.

  • American Wine - Wines of California
  • American Wine - Wines of New York State
  • American Wine - Wines of Oregon,Washington, and Idaho
  • Argentinean Wine
  • Australian Wine
  • Austrian Wine
  • Buying Great Wine
  • Canadian Wine
  • Central and Eastern European Wine
  • Chilean Wine
  • Detecting Faulty Wine
  • French Wine - Wines of Alsace
  • French Wine - Wines of Bordeaux
  • French Wine - Wines of Burgundy
  • French Wine - Wines of Champagne
  • French Wine - Wines of Languedoc and Roussillon
  • French Wine - Wines of Provence and Corsica
  • French Wine - Wines of Rhône
  • French Wine - Wines of Southwest France
  • German Wine
  • Giving the Gift of Wine
  • Knowing When to Drink It
  • Mediterranean Wine
  • More about Wine
  • New Zealand Wine
  • Ordering Wine in a Restaurant
  • Pairing Food and Wine
  • Portuguese Wine
  • Portuguese Wine - Madeira
  • Portuguese Wine - Port
  • Serving Wine Like a Professional
  • South African Wine
  • Spanish Wine - Sherry
  • Spanish Wine - Wines of Central and Southern Spain
  • Spanish Wine - Wines of Northeast Spain
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  • Spanish Wine - Wines of Ribera del Duero
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  • Swiss Wine
  • Talking the Talk—Wine Terminology
  • Tasting Wine Like a Professional
  • Trade Secrets - Storing Wine
  • Trade Secrets - Wine Myths
  • Vin de Pays
  • Wine from the Rest of the World
  • Wines of Northeast Italy
  • Wines of Northwest Italy
  • Wines of Southern Italy and the Islands
  • Wines of the Rest of Central Italy
  • Wines of the Rest of France
  • Wines of the Rest of the United States
  • Wines of Tuscany
  • Daily GK Quiz
  • Healthy Back
  • Incredible Meals You Can Make In A Mason Jar
  • Rajiv Gandhi
  • Promise Day
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  • Xmas Party Games

    The Amazing Holiday Maze

    Here is a great way to get your childs party started. Purchase a ball of string or yarn for each child who will be attending the party, and tie a small prize to the end of each one. Hide the prize somewhere, and then unwind the ball of yarn completely around the room, passing it behind furniture, under table legs, and around banisters as needed. Tie a pencil to the remaining end of the string. Repeat this process for each ball of yarn that you have, crossing the strings amongst one another. When the children arrive, hand each one of them a pencil (with the string attached), and let them know that, at the other end of the string, there is a prize. They should wind the string around their pencil until it leads them to the end.

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