wine tasting tips 1️⃣0️⃣1️⃣: styles of red wine
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I recently heard that you guys want wine tasting tips. So, every week, I’m going to deliver a little wine 101 (hopefully I won't bore you too much 🙃 - and if I am ...tell me!). So for the first installment, I want to talk about styles of red wine.
My biggest pet peeve with wine is that the terminology is inconsistent, i.e., sometimes wine is described by the varietal (grape type) OR by region. For example Red Burgundy = Pinot Noir. Burgundy is a region that primarily produces Pinot Noirs while Pinot Noir is the varietal. So here's what I have found most useful - group wine into general styles. Though one can argue that wines can be more nuanced than these four categories - its a super helpful starting point and a great way to get a grasp of the wine spectrum.
red red 🍷wine style categories
light & delicate 🧚♀️
- These wines are fresh and light. They have fewer tannins (tannins are things that make your tongue feel dry - imagine a black tea bag steeped in hot water for far too long) and have bright red fruit & floral flavors like raspberry & cherries... great examples of this would be Pinot Noir and Gamay.
bright & spicy 🌶
- Compared to the light and delicate wines, these wines have a fuller body, higher acidity and impart a bit of earthy spice. Examples of these would be Syrah, Grenache, Pinotage, Zweigelt, and Blaufrankisch.
soft & fruity 🍓
- These are fruity, soft and medium-bodied reds are easy drinking and pair well with food, no-food, life. Think Merlot, Malbec, or unoaked Cabernets.
bold and rich 🥩
- These guys are big wines that are quite a mouthful. They are often oaked, high in tannins (which means they go well with red meat) and high in alcohol. They pair well with fatty foods and will require some decanting to open up. Examples of wines to try would be California Cabernets, and wines from Bordeaux, Rioja, or Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
If you have any questions feel free to shoot them over and we'll cover it in upcoming newsletters :)!
🏙maivino around town (NYC)
here's what you missed out on! We had our pizza & wine pairings at Maude’s Winter studio this President’s Day weekend and got people to try the Rose & Pinot Noir we’re looking to source. Big thanks to @QualityDeliCorp who delivered delicious pizzas🍕 Laura for tarot card readings 🔮and Maude who generously lent us their space. We’ll definitely be working to host more events like this, so be on the look the out for our next get together!
red wine can give you a wellness boost if you keep it to a 5 ounce pour a night "Red wine contains antioxidants, particularly polyphenols provided by the grapes," says Gabby Geerts, 👩⚕️Registered Dietitian at Green Chef. Polyphenols have been shown to improve heart function and blood pressure, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease," she adds. ☺️ yay!
water somms, wdafuq?💦The luxury industry is cashing into water by repackaging a free good and charging a premium. The phenomenon isn’t particularly new. In 2005, “water sommelier” Martin Riese caught the attention of the media when he created a water menu at Berlin’s First Floor restaurant after a guest complained about the taste of the water on offer. By 2008 he’d published Die Welt des Wassers (The World of Water); in 2010 he was certified by the German water trade association; and in 2013 he landed in Los Angeles, after receiving an O-1 visa for his “extraordinary knowledge of water”.👨⚕️
🍽where to wine or dine this week
check out ramen at osakana it’s primarily a Japanese-style fish market & education center that connects diners with fish available in the Atlantic Ocean, but if you’re interested in playing hooky - they offer a delicious ramen lunch menu where you can BYOB. Make sure to call ahead as its “at their discretion”.
📖what we're reading this week
michelle mcnamara's book on the Golden State Killer for more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.