Facts about Wine
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1867 Mefferts Run Road
Wilcox, PA 15870
White wine should be served chilled, but not so cold that its flavor is
dulled. Aim for about 45 degrees F.
Red wine has more tannin then white wine. Tannin comes primarily form
grape’s skins, seeds and stems. White wine is fermented without the
skins, so it has much less tannin then red wines.
There are no hard fast rules about serving Red wines with meat, but the
usually acknowledged rule of thumb is; like with like. Because Red wines
taste complex or full-flavored, they stand up well to food that is equally
full-bodied, such as steak, lamb chops, or roast.
White wine works well with lighter foods, typically white meat, fish, and
cream-based pastas. An oft-fallowed guideline is to match the color of the
sauce to the wine: Red wine with red sauces, White wine with white
Medical research shows that drinking two four-ounce glasses of Red wine
a day can cut the risk of coronary disease by as much as 50 percent. It
was found that the tannins in Red wine contain antioxidant properties that
help decrease the levels of "bad" cholesterol and raise the levels of
Ideally, wine bottles should be stored lying on their sides, so the wine is in
touch with the cork. If a bottle stands for too long, the cork will dry out and
air may leak into the bottle, interacting with the wine changing the taste,
and eventually turning it into vinegar.
Most open bottles of Ports or Sherry's will keep for almost a year.
Most wines can be drunk when they're sold. Aging wine adds new
dimensions to its flavors and textures, but don't wait too long. Most Reds
shouldn't exceed 15 years, and Whites 3 years. If you have sweet Red
wine do not age.
Once a bottle has been opened, it's best to store the remaining wine
standing up in the refrigerator so that the surface of the wine within the
bottle comes into less contact with the air inside the bottle. Don't put the
bottle in the door of the fridge, for every time you open the door, you'll be
sloshing the wine around, helping it to deteriorate faster.
WINE GONE BAD - These are a number of things to look for.
Use your nose and sniff. Bad wines give off a chemical, bacterial, or
moldy odor. If a wine smells flat or cooked, it's been oxidized, meaning
too much air got into the bottle and ruined the wine.
If the wine is vinegar-tasting; then the wine has "turned" - literally into
Note the cork. If it's moldy or smells off. Like damp cardboard, its a bad
cork which usually, but not always, means a bad (corked) wine, and the
wine will taste bad.