Now look. I’m not claiming to be a wine sommelier, even though sometimes it seems like I drink wine for a living. 😉 But over the years, and with trips to vineyards across the world, I’ve picked a few things that have helped me when it comes time to pick up a bottle or two in the grocery store.
(How cool is it that we here in Tennessee can now say that?!)
There are so many choices out there, and even more explanations of what each type of wine entails. So, in true Forks & Flowers fashion…I’m summing up my favorite types for you in a nice, super easy list.
Sparkling – Now, I say “sparkling” here instead of “Champagne” because a sparkling wine is ONLY Champagne when it comes from the region outside of Paris called—you guessed—Champagne. Any other bubbling wine is just called “sparkling.” There are different tastes: sweet, dry, and rosé…but here’s my tip. Prosecco is another kind of sparkling wine that comes from Italy—just north of Venice—and due to a cheaper production process, it runs about half the cost of Champagne for a good bottle. So if you’re looking to pop some bottles for a celebration (an anniversary, a bridal shower, you made it through a Tuesday), try and bottle of Prosecco instead!
Red Zinfandel – Please, please, PLEASE do not confuse this with the box of Franzia you bought on your 21st birthday. While white zinfandel is a low calorie, low-alcohol-content wine…we have grown up and moved on, ladies. Red zinfandel is much bolder. Look for a bottle produced in the higher elevations of Napa Valley—there are some great ones made in the good ol’ U.S of A.
Chardonnay – This is the most popular type of white wine in the world. Although it started being produced in France, a California winery by the name of Chateau Montelena took the world by surprise by beating France in a taste test of its wine 40 years ago—true story! The only thing you need to look out for is the “oakiness.” Really inexpensive bottles of wine (that are usually mass produced) use the oak flavor to mask the poor qualities of the grapes. So, either lean toward an unoaked bottle, or lean towards the get-what-you-pay-for philosophy. 😉
What other grapes of wisdom can you bestow upon us when it comes to wines? Let us know which ones are your faves!