Looking for the Best Fruity Red Wine

red wineFinding a good, fruity red wine can sometimes be quite a challenge because reds run the gamut of very dry to very sweet on the taste scale. As a rule, wines from warmer climates tend to be fruitier and less dry than those that come from vineyards in cold areas. Dry wine is generally considered the more sophisticated choice’ but it is an acquired taste. At the same time, even if a diner prefers fruitier wine, there is a big difference between fruity and soda pop sweet. Furthermore, even when people look for fruity wine, they want something that will work well with food.

Worth a Try for Fruity

In Red Wine Information and Basics, Paul Gregutt of Wine Enthusiast gives a good overview of the fruity undertones one can expect from different red wines. He describes wines made from Gamay, notably Beaujolais, “The grape of Beaujolais, Gamay is often made to be drunk quite young, and shows bright, tangy, fruit-driven flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and sweet cherries. When made by the method known as carbonic maceration, young Gamay has a slight effervescence and a distinct smell of bananas…” [Read more…]

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Food and Wine to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Wine and chocolate for valentine's dayWithout argument, Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year, and one of the best ways to celebrate it is to combine flowers, food, and wine. When perfectly paired, food and wine make an ideal Valentine’s Day gift for a person you consider special. Show you care by investing more than money in your purchase; make it clear your gift was chosen with thought and affection.

Wine and Chocolate. While some believe that chocolate is at best difficult to pair with wine, it is actually possible to come up with some winning combinations. Pairing Wine and Chocolate by wine expert Stacy Slinked posted in About Food has some suggestions regarding this.

  • “White chocolate tends to be more mellow and buttery in flavor, making it an ideal candidate for the sweeter styles ofSherry (consider Spain’s rich, full-bodied Pedro Ximénez Sherry), and the sweet, subtle bubbles of Italy’s Moscato d’Asti (check out Saracco’s Moscato d’Asti), or opt for the heady aromas of an Orange Muscat…”

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