Wine: How — and Why — to Enjoy the Nectar of the Gods

There is a good reason why wine was dubbed “the nectar of the gods.”

Wine is just one of those things that makes life better. Not perfect, perhaps, but certainly more agreeable and easier to live. Consequently, people have been using the beverage to celebrate, toast, and relax with for even longer than there has been written history.

How to figure out wine?

The word “wine” covers an encompassing variety of grapes, countries, tastes, and colors. Where to start, where to start?

Think of wine as being like cars. Do you want a sleek speedy model to take to the beach, or a vintage Rolls Royer to impress the collectors? Or will an old banger with dents and missing paint suffice?

Like so many things in life, understanding wine comes from researching the topic. Even if  only imbibing plonk, it is still important to know the background of the tipple of choice. Age is another factor when it comes to deciding on a wine. Young people – read under 22 and under – will drink whatever is on offer and not be able to tell the difference. The same person many bottles and 20 years on would be embarrassed to be seen drinking wine of their youth.

Where was wine first fermented?

According to The Scientific American, the first wine on record dates back about 9,000 years to a rice and honey concoction found on the shards of pottery in central China.  Alas, it was going to take the Chinese another 5,000 years to get the fermentation process right.

The areas around Georgia and Armenia are credited with being the first wine-makers to use grapes. Some 7,400-year old jars of the brew were found in the Zagros Mountins, which is modern-day Iraq.  Now that is truly aged wine.

When to drink wine?

In the 19th century, Jean Anthime Brillat-Savarin – have to give credit to the French for innovative names — wrote “A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.” The question remains as to whether or not he included breakfast in his statement.

Weekend brunch, however, is a popular meal and time to begin imbibing for the day.

Other plausible reasons for popping a cork include – but are not limited to:

  • It is Tuesday.
  • Somewhere in the world it is 17:00.
  • My uncle just brewed a batch that has come of age.
  • Why not?

How to pick wine

The first and foremost consideration when choosing wine is budget. A downtown wine-o might only be able to scrape together $4.20 for a bottle of sherry. As a fortified wine, it is a higher alcohol content than regular vine which is generally 10 to 14 percent.

A rich wine snob who announces that this particular vintage has “raspberry on the medium-long palate and finishes with a mixture of tannic and a touch of barnyard” will happily drop $500 for a single bottle and think she got a deal.

How to open wine

It is wonderful to have a great bottle of wine, but how do you get the cork out so you can drink it?  Careful here, as the ways to get at the wine – which varies from hammering the cork into the bottle with a wooden spoon to the latest electric corkscrew on the market – as there are diverse and snobby wine tastings.

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Given the wide range of corkscrew options from the traditional waiter’s friend to the often-used-in-the-suburbs wings model, people can delete the wooden spoon from their list of viable options.

Why should you drink wine?

It is fun; it leaves you with a floating feeling; it is good for your health.

Even the Mayo Clinic – which is about as reputable a medical source as can be found — advises that a glass or two of wine – red, in particular – helps with digestive and other body processes.

The “one or two glasses” a day suggestion explains why people are now choosing wine glasses that are about the same size as small fish tanks. True die-hard can opt for the wine glasses that hold a whole bottle, which makes it easy to stick to the recommended daily limit of “one to two.”

How to store wine

Outlets often offer a discount when customers buy a dozen or more bottle at a time. This forward planning requires a place to keep it. If you have a custom-made wine cellar in your basement it isn’t hard to store the bottles cork down to be retrieved as needed.

Small apartment dwellers are faced with a challenge. One option is to clean out your closet to free up some space. Really, do need 16 pair of running shoes that you never wear? Or how about that little black dress that will fit perfectly as soon as you shed another 10 to 12 pounds?

Armed with this information, readers are now ready to go forward the imbibe. Cheers.

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