Thanks to a comment last week, I have decided to talk about my favorite subject... wine. I mean, I love wine so much, that I even have an Etsy shop where I paint wine glasses!
What is wine?
According to Wikipedia, Wine "is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits. Due to a natural chemical balance, grapes ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water, or other nutrients." source
According to me, Wine is "heaven in a bottle."
What is wine made from?
Having be around for thousand of years, wine is generally made from wine grapes, which are smaller, sweeter, have thicker skin, and seeds. Not far from your grocery store grapes- just better, and not really edible.
Are there different types of wine?
Wine is broken down into three major categories- white, red, and rose; all of which has it's own subcategory. Wine can be full, rich, zesty, sweet, and sparkling. *Sparkling wine is generally referred to as champagne.
A great infographic on wine styles can be found on Wine Folly- a site meant to educate people on wine. They even sell a great wine poster (basically the infographic) that I am dying to buy and stick on the wall of my kitchen. #bloggerproblems
Personally, when looking for a wine, I look for two things:
Of all the types of wine, I am obsessed with the sweet wines, meaning that I tend to gravitate towards the white and rose type. I like a sweeter wine because I hate a skunky after taste. You know that taste when you drink beer for the first time, and even though you can stomach it, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth? Yeah, that taste. I also love fruit wines- meaning ones that are made with peaches, blackberry, mango, etc. The sweeter, the better.
My favorites types include:
- Moscato- a white wine
- Pink Moscato- a rose wine
- Riesling- another white wine
- Champagne- a sparkling wine
- Port- a dessert wine
I'm not made of money, so I tend to head towards the cheap stuff when I'm in the alcohol isle at Target or Walmart. Because unfortunately one bottle only holds like 2.5 glasses of wine, and that stuff is going to be gone really quick. *I have realized that a $3 bottle from Walgreens is just not the answer when you are in need. Walgreen generally doesn't have the good stuff.
My favorite money saving wines include:
- Arbor Mist- Strawberry Mango *current obsession- my "go to" wine
- Arbor Mist- Blackberry
- Barefoot- Pink Moscato
- Barefoot- Moscato
- J'Roget- Champagne
If you are looking to get into the wine game, or just interested in a new drink, but don't know where to start, I suggest going to a wine tasting. Just grab your phone, and Google wineries in your area. I have been to a couple of wineries that do tastings, and they were awesome. Local wines are a bit more expensive, but are worth it for the taste.
Always say yes to the wine.