Wine Basics

Wine barrel room with a glass of wine on top of a barrel.

These wine basics will bring together all the elements that make wine so enjoyable. By understanding how wine is made, you’ll have a good idea of why the wine tastes like it does. You’ll be able to store and serve the wine in a way that brings out the best in this luxury liquid.

Making Wine

Wine goes through several production steps before it arrives in the bottle. Each step builds the character, flavor, aromas, body, and color of the wine. Learn more:

Tasting

Taste wine by looking at its color, smelling the aromas (bouquet), and savoring the flavors. Each of the noble grapes has a tasting profile that is consistent no matter where the wine is produced. Sure the elements like acidity, tannin, and color may vary a bit, but the core characteristics will stay true.

Learn more about the taste profiles for each of them along with some history, top regions, and wine recommendations.

Serving

Serving wine can be a little on the fussy, formal side. But there is a method to the madness. It’s all meant to bring out the best aromas and flavors of the wine. Learn the ins and outs of serving wine:

Storing

There are a few tricks to storing wine so that it stays in great condition. After all, we don’t want to find our wine has turned skunky after we’ve taken the time to select it, pair it, chill it, and decant it.

Pairing

Pairing wine seems like an advanced move, but it doesn’t have to be. Understanding the wine taste profiles of the 7 Noble Grapes will go a long way to understanding what food pairs best. Follow these pairing tips found at the bottom of each page.