The Quintessential Guidebook for a Wine Newbie

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Ordering wine can be very intimidating to say the least, specially when you’re knowledge of it is zilch. I still remember when I was out with a few girlfriends, and they all settled for the classic Martini, but I decided to be cool and ordered wine.

The first question was easy to answer like ‘which one do you prefer, red or white?’- after that everything went pretty much downhill.

So to save you from the horror of what I went through, here are few things you need to remember and you can go order wine like a pro.

 1. Drink/try a lot of Wine

We all know that there are two kinds of wines — red and white. But you need to try different wines to know which one you genuinely prefer. For instance, the description of a Sauvignon Blanc will be light, crisp and fruity with notes of lemon. You’ll think that this is the one for you. But, after trying a variety of wines you might realise that a Sauvignon Blanc isn’t the one for you but a Merlot (jammy red berry flavours, vanilla oak tones and herbal tones) is. So try more Wine to know what your type is!

 2. Smell and taste

The key to tasting wine is smelling it. In the beginning you could mess it up but once you’ve mastered this you can never go wrong.

 3. Buzzwords are important

If you can tell the sommelier at a restaurant or the clerk at the wine shop that you like bone-dry reds or acidic whites, it will help them immensely in suggesting a bottle for you.

Once you’ve got these points in mind just keep these WINES in mind the next time you order in a fancy-ass restaurant or some super chic bar or even if it’s a friend’s house partayyyy!

  • Sauvignon Blanc: crisp, light and fruity with notes of lemon
  • Zinfandel: Blueberry and black cherry flavours with brown spice and tobacco
  • White Zinfandel: Off dry, fruity rosé with aromas of dried cranberry, strawberry and watermelon
  • Chardonnay: green apple, tropical fruits, buttery, rich and creamy
  • Riesling: complex with notes of lime and passion fruit
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: full-bodied red wine with blackcurrant, green pepper and chocolate
  • Merlot: jammy red berry flavours, vanilla oak tones and herbal notes
  • White Grenache: off dry, fruity rosé with soft flavours of raspberry and sweet flowers

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