While waiting for a long time to harvest grapes and extending the age of fermentation, winemakers carefully create wines with the finest quality, which sets it apart from other drinks and beverages that people enjoy.
If you’re a wine enthusiast, you’ve probably tried several variations of wines of different tastes and origins, but you still have a long way to go. For some who aren’t familiar with wines, and only occasionally taste it, there’s a wide selection of wines that are yet to be discovered.
Being the center of many celebrations, people in events and festivities enjoy wine in large amounts, serving people with several glasses in a bottle of wine.
If you want to explore more about wines, here are great wine options to try this year:
Probably the most popular steak companion in every dinner, the Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied, dark wine with over 13.5% alcohol content. It’s mostly produced in Australia and California, ranging up to 15%.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is a dry wine with healthy tannin levels, but it can still make your mouth dry immediately after taking a sip. That’s why drinking the Cabernet Sauvignon should be accompanied with food, given its tannin, acid, and alcohol content.
Steak, burgers, grilled lamb, or any rare red meat, are some of the best pairs for Cabernet Sauvignon since the spices will balance the tannin and sweetness of the wine.
Another red wine, Pinot Noir, is light to medium-bodied and has a balance between dryness and sweetness, putting it on the top spot as the world’s favorite. It’s reproduced in various parts of the world, giving it other names so don’t confuse yourself if you see Blauburgunder, Pinot Nero, or Spätburgunder because it’s synonymous to Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir can be paired with a variety of cuisines, like traditional and classic dishes, since it’s lighter-bodied than most red wines.
Compared to the Cabernet Sauvignon and other full-bodied red wines, Pinot Noir has less age potential, making it younger than most tannic reds. Because of this, Pinot Noir makes an extremely versatile wine thanks to its subtle tannin, light-bodied style, and consistent acidity and kick.
Many wines don’t get enough attention because most people prefer to stick with the classic ones, but these unusual wines offer a wide variation, from sweet to dry styles, like the Madeira from the Atlantic. Madeira wines can be uniquely classified from its combination of stewed fruit, roasted nuts, toffee, and caramel, achieved through the process of repetitive heating.
The Madeira fortified wines can be classified into two:
- Blends: This Madeira one has a generic age
- Vintage or Colheita: Harvested from only one variety of grape.
The Beaujolais Nouveau is the most renowned ‘primeur’ of France, the center of young wines. Its popularity has dominated many European countries, giving birth to a special day to celebrate this wine production, called the Beaujolais Nouveau day.
Once the Gamay or grapes are individually handpicked from a fresh harvest, it’ll be quickly produced into wines through carbonic maceration, which would take up to six weeks.
Sweet and Dry Rieslings
Riesling wines come into opposite ends of the spectrum, having both sweet and dry Riesling. Riesling wines are one of the wines with intense aromas and mixing orchards, such as pears, nectarines, apples, and apricots.
Rieslings are made from a harvest of green grapes, accounting for its high acidity. Because Rieslings are highly acidic, most Riesling wine productions are sweeter than being dry in order to balance the acidity.
What Riesling lovers fancy about this wine is its lack of heavy tannins and high alcohol content, but still maintaining a good level of acidity, similar when you’re biting into a newly picked ripe, juicy, and crisp fruit.
The green and herbaceous flavors of Sauvignon Blanc sets it apart from other white wines, ranging from a flower peach to zesty lime, depending on the ripeness of the grapes. Its unique taste is accounted for unusual flavors found in most wines, like gooseberry, jalapeño, grass, and bell pepper.
Aside from directly sipping a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, you can use this for cooking your special recipes. The group of white wines where Sauvignon Blanc belongs, which can be used for cooking, are used to deglaze and create better flavor in pan sauces of sautéed meat and mushrooms. It can also be added to create high acidity.
Another fun fact, Sauvignon Blanc is the parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, hence having a similarity in names.
Even though wines came from the same fruit origins, fermentation techniques and methods developed by winemakers throughout the years have made a huge difference in the history of wine.
More wine variations are still being formulated until today, but nothing can beat the classics, which you should try for your wine adventure.