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Wine connoisseurs know there is more to understanding wine types than just breaking it down into either red and white. While these are distinctions, they are very basic and don't really tell you very much about what to expect from the wine. Within each color classification, there is the variety that will inform you about the taste of a given wine. Don't let price dictate to you. There are some very good affordable wines. Of course there is always the option of making your own wine as well!

White Wine
White wines cover a wide range of flavors from the very dry to sweet. There are seven basic white wines: Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Moscato, Pinot grigio, Gewrztraminer and Riesling. These are seldom stored in wooden barrels in order to preserve the freshness of the wine with the exception of Chardonnay. It is traditionally stored in oak.
When it comes to describing the taste of white wines, there is quite a bit of variety there, too, hence the reason for so many different types of wine. For example, Chardonnay has a bit of a citrus flavor that can take on flavors of warm vanilla or toffee depending on the type of barrel used to store it. Riesling starts out tasting like a crisp apple and that flavor is intensified with age. Sauvignon Blanc is a complex blend of flavors that hint at citrus, herbs, and smoke.

Red Wine
Red Wines lean toward the dryer and more acidic range of tastes. Among them, the more common varieties include cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petite syrah, pinot noir, zinfandel and blush wines. Red wines are traditionally stored in wooden casks because it enriches the deep flavor. A little known fact is that grape juice is clear so red wines get their rich colors from the skins of the grapes used to make them. Many people think that the color of the wine is from the meat of the grapes themselves.

Red wines are all over the place with tastes and intensities. For example, a good Merlot is a nice starter wine and is appreciated for its rich oak taste. Pinot Noir is a fruitier wine with hints of herbs.

The choice of which wine to serve with a particular dish is really one of personal taste. However, many agree that white wines tend to go well with chicken, turkey, seafood, some pork, and Chinese food. Red wines seem to enhance the flavor of red meats such as beef, roasts, steaks, lamb, veal, duck, and sausages. It also goes nicely with pasta dishes. Remember, these are only meant to be guidelines. You should experiment with different varieties to find the combinations that appeal to your palette.

Temperature and Taste
Wine can also change taste depending on the temperature it is stored at. If you want to get the most out of your favorite wine, make sure you are storing it at the right temperature as well as serving it at the right temperature. Don't be a snob either. Some people prefer the taste of a chilled wine that is normally served warm while others prefer the taste of a warm wine that is usually served chilled. Some people do not even know the difference, so you may want to gently offer them some of your wisdom, but don't try to force them to try wine the way you think it should be served.

This is just the first step into exploring everything you wanted to know about wine, but we’re afraid to ask. As we begin this great journey to help educate our palettes, I will continue to share my great wine experience to better understanding the marvelous world of wine. “So Let's Wine Talk”

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Latest News

What Exactly is the Meaning of an Amuse-Bouche/Amuse-Gueule..Huum, Ever Wonder, Less Ever Hear That Term Before?

Hello fellow foodies.  Chef Dave here from The Laughing Pear Group in Park City.  Well,have I wanted to share something really cool with all of you.  This term you may Continue Reading →

What Exactly is Charcuterie/What is The Meaning of Charcuterie? Some Already Know, But Many Do Not, Let,s Learn

Hello Fellow Foodies.  I was going back and looking at a winter menu I did from last year.  I had an amazing display of Charcuterie on the menu and we Continue Reading →

We invite you to listen to KPCW Radio on the Randy Barton Show on 6/7/11 at 5:15pm

Well, 16 days to go and we have a really nice following thus far.  You can listen to me, Chef Dave, on KPCW at 5:15pm to dicsuss our awesome “Under Continue Reading →

Under Ground Dining Experience – The Laughing Pear “Supper Club”

What an exciting and fun culinary treat we are announcing.  This promises to be a 5 Star experience like no other.  This “Under Ground Dinner Society” will bring out the Continue Reading →