Article from the 2015-08-18, by Anja Beckmann
The favorite drinks of the Germans are water, lemonade and beer. The average German often discovered wine later. Wine is a heritage, it is drunk on special occasions, a good meal or a dinner for two. It adheres to some fine him, completely missing the cool blonde one’s. Maybe, the reverence for drinking wine is the reason why the respect for wine connoisseurs is this big. Yes, drinking wine can be an art - but does not have to be it.
The occasional wine drinker stand in front of wine racks in the supermarkets or at the wine merchant without really knowing what to boy before the infinite selection - red, white, and anything in between. Different countries of origin, winemakers, wine regions, vintages and varietals. The diversity seems intimidating. But the feeling of a balmy late summer evening with a glass of wine in hand mustn’t be renounced. Find the most important on the subject of wine - buying, differences in dealing with different types of wine, the right glass and the appropriate serving temperature. This is how you will be prepared for the now upcoming wine festivals!
Where to buy the wine? The least wine drinkers go to dealers or directly to the winemaker. Almost every second bottle comes from the discount stores, one in three from the supermarket. This is followed by drugstores, gas stations and department stores, wine depots and delicatessen. According to stern.de the German average spends about 2.50 euros for a bottle of wine - depending on the source sometimes more, sometimes less. A good wine need not be expensive, nevertheless you can be sceptical at less than four euros per bottle - since a decent wine is rarely produced at that price. Awards on the bottle offer orientation. Quality wines from Germany have an official test number.
Supermarket wines are intended for immediate consumption. Around 90% of the wines produced annually should be - consumed within three to five years - most of the white and rose wines even within two years. Whether a wine can be deposited for longer, depends in particular on the acidity, the containing tannins and the balance as a whole. A rule of thumb for practical use: Wines of less than €25 should be drunk when they’re young, wines from 40 euro could be something for the wine cellar. Take care of young wines when you buy them in the supermarket. Only quality wines are better with the years. You do choose the wine after the label? Don’t be fooled by a beautiful design.
Tip: Special wine guides and every now and then also newspapers regularly test wines - also from supermarkets. These reviews and information can help you in choosing a suitable wine. Dealers also mostly have cheaper everyday wines.
A wine dealer can advise you individually. Tell him what flavor you like: sweet or dry, fruity sweet, sour or tart. He will seek out wines without asking for variety, sugars and tannins - tasting included. Inquire what especially distinguishes the wine and learn more about the noble drink step by step.
You are not only drinking one glass of wine in your entire life. Try it peu à peu and evaluate what kind of wine best tastes for you.
People say, you can ruin the best wine with the wrong glass. The different types of wine glasses - open bulge or slim, above narrow tapered or far - highlight different characteristics of wine.
Red wine glasses are bulbous and feature a large opening. As the surface of a gift wine is particularly large, more air will get to it, improving its aroma. The fuller and more complex the aroma is, the bigger the glass should be. In other words, tannin-rich, characterful wines such as Bordeaux, Rioja and Merlot require large, bulbous glasses with space to swivel. Pivoting increases the air supply, by the way. Strength, density, extract and tannins are optimally balanced with the fruit of the wine. A standard red wine glass is sufficient for home use , it is an all-rounder. This one has a slightly bulbous, elongated cup. It has a larger opening than a glass of white wine, but still compact enough for weightless, fruity red wines such as Chianti and Dornfelder. Delicate red wines with little tannin content won’t evaporate too quickly.
White wine must rarely be ventilated up. The chalice of glass is small and slightly bulbous. This reduces the amount of inflation. Pour a little white wine for the last sip wo be cool as well. Usually a wine glass should not be filled more than one-third, a quarter is sufficient in extra-large glasses.
Standard glasses for every kind of wine are offered by the Essence series from Iittala. The Perfection series from Holmegaard was developed for the perfect wine enjoyment and it offers numerous elegant glasses for different wines.
People say red wine has to be drunk at room temperature. But room temperature is not equal to room temperature. The rule of thumb dates back to imperial times, when the dining room was unheated and had an average temperature of only 16 to 18 degrees - and this is also the ideal temperature for red wine. This means that before serving you may place your red wine in the fridge for a while. Otherwise it tastes sweet and alcoholic. White and rose wine have to be well chilled: They taste best with 4 to 10 degrees.
Wine glasses have to be held at their base. This is related to the temperature: This one should not be changed by the heat of your own hand, because the flavors are strongly dependent on the temperature of the wine. The stalk in the white and rose wines has special meaning.
Some wines need to breathe some hours or even up to 24 hours. Your wine can also be served in a carafe for aesthetic reasons besides taste reasons. Ensure that you use the correct carafe: Tann content-red wines need a particularly bulbous carafe, white wines and particularly ripe wines should be presented in a carafe of wine with a small air contact surface. An example of this is the wine carafe of the designer Jakob Munk.
A particularly nice way to immerse yourself in the world of wine. The German winegrowers present their wines, offering countless wine festivals. The largest of the totally 13 wine-growing regions of Germany - with the greatest ones being in Mosel and Pfalz - are famous for their festivals. Delicious wines, rustic wine cellars, wine queens, idyllic landscapes, field-typical specialities and exuberant music await visitors. We have listed some of the most beautiful wine festivals in September - rewarding excursion destinations:
By the way: Not only vintage and grape variety influence the taste of wine, glass, carafe and atmosphere change the flavor as well. Discover highly functional carafes, glasses for different wines and many more design objects that make dealing with the fine wines a pleasure at Connox.