Understanding the types of grapes used in wine and their characteristics is vital for any relevant knowledge of wine. Apart from white and black grapes, varietals come from two main families.
Vitis Vinifera, which is dominant in Europe, and Vitis Labrusca, which is native to Canada and the eastern United States.V. Vinifera is cultivated on every continent except for Antarctica.
In the 17th Century, North America formed hybrids with native species from the Vitus gene to combat an insect pest called phylloxera which was known to wipe out entire vegetation.
A grape plays a large roll in the flavour of a wine but what about the proper consumption method?
For reserve wines please decant for 1-3 hours before enjoying, you can also use an Aerator if you do not think that you will drink a full bottle. There are many types of stemware so you must be careful when selecting a glass to pour you wine into. Burgundy reds usually have a larger bowl for maximum aeration and swirling. Glasses that narrow towards the mouth are meant to send the wine to specific taste buds before your stomach gets to fully appreciate it. The newest technology to the stemware group is the new breathable technology which claims to be a thinner glass and allow air to travel to the wine faster and easier.
You can pick up any stemware at a Home Sense, Sears or Ikea at a reasonable price but the wineries are going to have the latest and the greatest fads for consuming wine as long as you can afford to pay a little more then you usually would for a glass.
~Wine a bit - You’ll feel better~