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Wine FAQS: Part 1

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When it comes to wine, there are many questions that wine lovers ponder about but hesitate to ask. To make things easier, we have decided to answer those questions we know have been on your mind! So here goes…

1. Is it true that all wine age well?
Most people are of the opinion that the longer you keep wine the better it gets. However, the fact remains that most wines that you buy are ready to drink wines and are not meant to be stored for long. Best way to know whether a wine ages well is to check these four traits – High acidity, high tannin component, less alcohol content and sweeter wines also tend to age well.

2. Should wine be stored in a temperature-controlled cellar?
Not necessarily. If you just bought your favourite bottle of wine and want to store it for a short period, you can just choose a place that is cool and dark with constant, moderate temperature. The best place to store wine is under the closet or the bed! However, if you plan to keep the wine for longer periods you can buy a wine refrigerator.

3. What wines should I serve at a party?
Sparkling wine is the most festive wines and can be served for any occasion. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignons, Pinot Noir and Shiraz Rose are some of the best wines to serve for a party. Always buy wines, which are widely popular rather than those that are rare, even if they come with high recommendation.

4. At what temperatures should you serve red and white wines?
A rule of thumb is to serve whites wine chilled and reds warm. Sparkling wines should be served chilled. If you are particularly looking for a cooling temperature then it is 7-9 degrees for White wines, and 17-19 degrees Celsius for Red wines.

5. How long does wine last once opened?
Wines, which are left open, can spoil within a day’s time. However, some wines with higher tannin will last longer than wines with less tannin, which means red wines last longer once opened. Also, wines stored in cooler temperatures have lower spoilage rates.

Follow our blog to learn more about wine! We hope these answered some of the many questions you have about wine! Watch this space for more Wine FAQS.

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Categories: Tips

How to Serve Wine at your Wedding?

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As you begin to plan your special day, you will come to realize that there is a whole bunch of things to decide on, like the venue, clothes, menu, decoration…the list goes on. The wedding planner can decide most of it but there is one thing that needs some thought and care– Beverages. A new trend is catching on where young couples opt to serve wines for their wedding reception. Wine is not only for classy cocktail parties or for wine events; it has become a popular beverage to serve at weddings today.

Here are some tips that are easy to follow; and it will help you find the right wine to serve at your wedding reception.

1. Stick to the favorites: Let your own taste guide you in selecting the wines for your wedding. It is best to stick with less acidic wines and something that goes with all kinds of foods, like Nine Hills Chenin Blanc or Nine Hills Sauvignon Blanc.

2. Variety is the key: While you might love your oaky wine, many of your guests might like something crisper and delicate. So, it’s best to stock a variety of wines, so that your guests have more options. You can procure a variety of white, red and pink wines, but make sure your buy more of the popular wines.

3. Pre-wedding Wine Tasting: If you are a planner, then you might want to host a pre-wedding wine tasting party for a few friends and family. This way you will know which wine works best for your guest list and you can treat yourself a small pre-wedding party as well.

4. Budget and Costing: When you are serving wine, it comes at a cost. Make sure you purchase your wine in bulk, this way you might be able to get some discount on them. Also, if you are wondering how many bottles of wine to buy, a general rule is to estimate one glass of wine per guest per hour. This way you will be able to calculate the cost as well as how much wine to buy for the wedding.

Choosing wine for your wedding can be a lot of fun! Take your time, and sample a few different varieties before you decide on the wine. While you are at the store, you might also want to pick up a nice champagne bottle for the toast on your big day, after all, it happens once in a lifetime, for most of us! Enjoy!

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