Wine has a lot of health benefits that people like to tout, but at times, one has to ask whether or not it's actually as good for you as you'd think. Though red wine may have great benefits involving resveratrol, stress reduction, and heart health, it doesn't always affect you in good ways.
One week ago me and my housemates decided to throw a house party for one of my housemate's friends who were leaving to Europe to work on his graduate school thesis in an European university.
Two summers ago, I was in the land of Don Quijote—La Mancha, Spain; a dry, vast, anciently enchanting part of the country. One day, my fellow travel buddies and I decided to venture to a local well-known winery, known for its unique growing, cultivating, and tasting experience. Tucked away in the small town of Valdepeñas, La Bodega de Las Estrellas (The Winery of the Stars) would change my view on wine and horoscopes forever.
I've always had a career in a romanticized industry. Shortly after leaving film school (more on this another time), I began an arduous career in television, which, probably to no one's surprise, is exactly as shallow as you might think. After a bit of soul searching and a few long, hard looks in the mirror, I decided I needed a change. I took a seasonal job working in a cellar at a winery in California.
I love a good glass of wine. I recently met a sommelier and in one night we drank over 20 glasses each. The next day I was up early and feeling great.
Like most early-twenty-somethings, my first glass of wine was a red solo cup filled with Carlo Rossi Sangria, poured from a 1.5 liter jug (Another similar and relatable experience: Franzia). As suggested by the serving size and the quality, this wasn’t really wine as I would come to know it, but it was the beginning. I thought, “Well this isn’t so bad; it’s better than beer, and it tastes like juice!”
Many of us seriously love wine. Whether you're into red, white, or sparkling, people sometimes have a specific type they tend to always order—but they're all really good. I can enjoy all three equally. But you know what can really make your love of wine increase even more? Wine... cocktails. Yes, you can definitely mix wine with other ingredients to get the best tasting alcoholic beverage ever!
So, I like wine. I'm not an expert when it comes to wine though. I can't tell you how earthy, how much body, or how much tannin a glass of wine has, but I can tell you the alcohol content of the really cheap bottle of wine I just bought. I can tell you that because it's probably one of the first things I look for when buying a bottle of wine. Is the alcohol content good? Yes, great. Next question. Is it affordable? Yes, even better. With those two questions answered, the bottle goes in the basket and I'm set for the day (I have gone and bought another bottle of wine immediately after finishing the first bottle, but that's when I'm with a friend and we're both feeling like we need more wine.) I don't drink wine everyday, I feel like I should just put that out there, but I have done a week (probably more) where I've been drunk because of wine every night. I've been on a Contiki trip. That's self-explanatory if you've been on a Contiki trip or if you know someone who has.
Are you tired of stressing at the liquor store to find the best option for your dinner date each weekend? This is the ultimate list of wines that will pair the best with your evening meal. Give these date night wines a try, and eliminate your time in the liquor store aisles, when you can spend more time with your significant other.
Whether it be the taste, the tones, or even the pronunciation, diving into the world of wine can be a bit daunting. However, it shouldn't be. Wine tasting is all about preference, and only you get to decide which wines work best for you.
There is a common debate among wine drinkers all over the world about which are the superior wines: Old World or New World. People will often voice their preference for one over the other. In fact, people who favor Old World wines are often condescending toward New World varieties. The current trend of wine connoisseurs is a preference for Old World wines as opposed to New World wines. This is due in part to the heritage, nostalgia, and romance associated with Old World wines. However, tastes change over time. It may not be long before people favor New World wines again as they did after the 1976 “Judgement of Paris” blind taste test that put California wines on the map. (For those not familiar with this reference, watch the movie Bottle Shock.)
I don't know about you, but we think that wine and chocolate are two gifts in life. Why not have them together? Though it might seem that simple, there are a lot of details that make up a perfect wine contender for chocolate.