Friday, July 04, 2008

Drink and be merry!

The reason for me to have not written for so long I think is because I have not read anything of any interest to me in a long time now. I'm still working on being normal while on a job. mmmm........

Now, getting down to today's topic......
I'm what you call an absolute novice when it comes to the world of Wines, Names of the wines, Wine tasting, Vineyards, names of the countries that produce good wines so on and so forth...
And what's with this swirling of the wine in the glass before taking a sip and what exactly are they looking for when they smell the wine? - A daffodil? It all just alcohol buddy...
Yeah, I've been doing a lot of wining and dining lately and hence the topic.

Oh, I must've tasted many different types of wine. Here is how i go about it - go to a restaurant, ask for the menu card, choose a red or a white wine (desperately looking for a description underneath each one of those!) Look confident after you've pronounced the bloody french-dutch-Italian wine in your mind at least twice or thrice before spilling it out with a dazzling smile on your face all the time hoping that the guy actually buys it!! That's me people. The vain Me.

Yesterday I put an end to this by doing some research / some reading!! Here is what I found. If you guys are coming here after so long you might as well learn something with me and perhaps leave some of your wisdom in the comment box!

Let's drink to that folks.....

Here are a few extremely basic facts:

There are 6 different types of wines
Red Wine
White Wine
SparklingWine (in other words - Champagne!) Ah, I bet some of you didn't know that!

Rose Wine
Dessert Wine
Fruit Wine

The Last 3 as usual are not considered very special. But lets begin at the beginning.

Red wine - Made from red or black grapes. Names of the wine are based on the names of the grapes they are made from! ( I didn't know this, never thought of the 'WHY' factor)
Some popular grapes and hence the wines are - 'Pinot' family, 'Merlot' family, Australian Shiraz etc...... My personal favourite - Pinot Noir.

White wine - Made from white or light coloured grapes. Like other wines, white wines can be made from either one single variety of grape or by blending several. 'Bordeaux' is one variety that's well-known among the blended ones. I have not tasted enough in white wine to find a personal favourite yet! Still a long way to go.....

Sparkling Wine - Champagne Folks!!- Interesting stuff here!
Any wine with bubbles in it is a sparkling wine. Champagne is the most famous of all the Sparkling Wines. Apparently how the fizziness in the wine is brought about determines the texture and the taste of this wine. The name 'Champagne' is because of a particular variety of grape from the Champagne region in France that undergoes a process called champenoise that gives that bubbly effect.

Rose wine- No, no. It is not produced by blending red and white grapes sillys!!
Infact it is produced by crushing red grapes. Interestingly enough by not letting the skin of the red grapes be in contact with the juice for long, we can produce rose/pink wine. Howzaat? and believe me folks the pink wine looks so pretty but tastes very dry and very acidic.

Dessert Wine or sweet wine - It is produced not by adding sugar but by halting the fermentation of the grapes by adding a particular fungus that stops the fermentation and increases the sugary, fruity flavour in them. They were considered cheap! But I seriously feel every wine has a particular character that will have a following.

Fruit Wine - made from fruits i suppose, didn't bother read about this.

And yes, 'they' swirl to test the heaviness of the wine. The lines that the wines produce by the side of the glass and the time it takes to dribble would say how old the wine is!! I'm gonna try this folks! The smell ofcourse depends on our imagination! Apparently, the smell can actually remind you of a particular fruit, flavour, an emotion. Not sure about trying this!!

All this sudden knowledge has made me more curious about so many other things.
So I made a mini list of things i would like to know more about...... Islands, Kings and queens. Well, please feel free to add to my mini list.....

PS: One thing I'm least interested in knowing about is Flowers!

16 Comments:

At 3:40 PM, Blogger Deepali said...

Hahaha I would never do so much research on anything alcoholic. Read the post and got a good enough understanding about wine to never have to read up on it :)

Don't drink. If I even started, I doubt it would ever be wine or beer. Hate the tastes of both.

PS - Thought your post would be about your work and stuff.

 
At 6:56 AM, Blogger simpsimply said...

That was quite educational Preeths !

 
At 10:51 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

wow.. that had the true Preeth flavor!! :P

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger Cosmic Joy said...

Here we were .. naive and trusting folks .. assuming that work was keeping you busy and away from blogging. Never once did we realize the true *hic* reasons for your absence :P

 
At 10:40 PM, Blogger ceedy said...

my hunch was right....about the millions..

you come back talking about wines and probably your husband is playing golf :P

have tasted/tried all six kinds of the wines you mentioned ( i am not an alcoholic! - ok)

just some suggestions:

for indian spicy/or thai get a cabernet sauvignon or merlot...

south american brands from chili, argentina are really good...

napa valley wines from california specially pinot grigio/noir are good...

bordeaux is french so have a fench one...

in sparkling wine - try german reislings...its fruity and sweeter and most women like it...it goes well with bland or semi spicy food...

now the thing you did not research "desert wine" actually is a speciality...its bottle half the size of a regular wine costs more...

try fig wine - mind you these are sweet and rightfully "desert" so you can skip ice cream or anything else...and it is had in small litte glasses...

besides this - wines have points system as they are priced accordingly...for us any wine between 85-95 points is good...no need to cough up extra...for one or two points more...

also there is an entire science behind the kind of glass to use...
when the wine is opened it is swirled to oxidise it and release its flavor...and you twirl it in your mouth to get all the taste buds even...

the idea behind the years is to do with the crop of grapes....certain years the grapes are awesome and those wines are pricey and tastier..

and when you order wine in a restuarant by the bottle...they show it to you and then once it is opened check the bottom of the cork facing the wine...it has to be wet...it not that means air has penetrated the bottle and the wine is no good....

hope this helps....try going to wine tastings and winery tours...it is lot of fun...

here check this:
http://www.newjerseywines.com/

again i am just interested not an alcoholic ;)

 
At 11:53 PM, Blogger Shalom said...

Good to see you posting again :)

 
At 4:39 AM, Blogger Reflections said...

Thanks....made good reading.

and about fruit wine...dont underestimate it. I knew a lady who used to make wine out of just abt any fruit. Some of them were just too good.

 
At 8:54 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ deepali: Start with Vodka! I think you'll like it.
Work is too boring Deepali. Want to get as far away from it as possible.....

@simpsimply: hey, thanks! sowms have you been reading anything interesting lately?? help me out here. I'm booooorrrrreeeeed!

@preethi: he heeeee. yup... the merry flavor...that's meeeee....

@cosmic: he heeee hic he heeeee.... oops i spoilt that thought hic.... didn't i!! me too sad! booo-hoooo..... where is my martini???? where where where....hic...

@ ceedy: ceedy ceedy.... I knew you were going to add to this... thanks man... there is a lot in here that i didn't know about... especially about the glasses..... i do know about the oxidation part but found what i had mentioned more interesting.

I am alcoholic... i earn pitifully little.... my husband had won the Amateur Golf Championship even before i got got married to him..... there you Go... Hic..hic....he heeeee Yup it is all true .... ok I'm not alcoholic....

@ Shalom: Good to see you too :)

@reflections: Really??..... as i said i'm just a novice. Will try fruit wine next time around......

 
At 9:38 AM, Blogger ceedy said...

@preethi

Hheheh

Ofcourse what you mentioned was better - it was more emotional than technical :P

Ok here if interested check this site for glasses:
http://www.wineglassguide.com/

and have you seen the movie : Sideways - see it..

CHEERS (literally :))

 
At 2:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Preets that was quiet educational and infact very interesting, in your free time can you do some research on Vodka as its my absoulute favourite.....

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger Barath said...

Look like you have done quite a bit of wine and dine :) nyways good one girl...especially the ps.

 
At 7:13 PM, Blogger The Depressed Doormat said...

I guess my fav is chardonnay. And I care two hoots about all the rules, white wine with fish, red wine with chicken... All rules aim to control people. I drink the wines I enjoy, irrespective of what's for dinner that night.

As Robin Williams said, "The chicken isn't going to get up from the plate and yell 'Red Wine'". Just enjoy your wine and let the snobs do their thing.

 
At 6:31 AM, Blogger Shalom said...

Tagged you!!! I think its one you'll like :)

 
At 5:48 AM, Blogger ray said...

Hi ,

I was reading ur blog posts and found some of them to be wow.. u write well.. Why don't you popularize it more.. ur posts on ur blog ‘Preeth's Blog ’ took my particular attention as some of them are interesting topics of mine too;

BTW I help out some ex-IIMA guys who with another batch mate run www.rambhai.com where you can post links to your most loved blog-posts. Rambhai was the chaiwala at IIMA and it is a site where users can themselves share links to blog posts etc and other can find and vote on them. The best make it to the homepage!

This way you can reach out to rambhai readers some of whom could become your ardent fans.. who knows.. :)

Cheers,

 
At 11:25 AM, Blogger DeeplyDip said...

Hi
Read reflections trying to find the post she read on wines and came curious looking for it! :)Enjoyed the post as well as the comments.
I personally love drinking wines - especially red and rose...love a glass of chablis anytime.
Another thing I can add here is that one can choose a wine depending on what level of dryness they enjoy. I always find this easier than remembering good years of plantation etc.
btw if you go to India try the Sula wine - produced in India - quite good as well.

 
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