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Classification Of Wines

If you’re new to the wonderful world of wines, you may often find yourself wondering, ‘how to differentiate between the types of wines’? One quick run down the alcobev shop is enough to leave any newbie confused especially since there are numerous choices of wines to pick from.

It is important to have your groundwork figured out in order to avoid being in a fix.

And, this article intends to do just that as we bring you a brief overview that helps you to understand the classification of wines.

Read on to find out more…

Wines are commonly classified on the following basis –

Place of Origin or Appellation

‘Appellation’ of wine is defined as the legally marked geographic location where a particular wine originates, or from where the raw materials are sourced as the basis of differentiating characteristics. This system of classification aims at protecting the unique character & quality of the wine.
Commonest examples for wine appellation are ‘champagne’ and ‘Chianti’. The strict European regulations require only the wine made from the grapes produced in the Champagne region of France can be labelled as ‘champagne’. Similarly, Chianti is any wine produced in the Chianti region of central Tuscany in Italy.

Vinification Method & Style

Vinification of wine refers to the winemaking process which includes the selection of grapes, the fermentation process leading to alcohol, and bottling of wine.

Based on the wine-making method, wines are classified into the following categories, namely –

Table Wines;

Sparkling Wines & Champagne;

Semi-Sparkling or Still Wines;

Fortified Wines & Dessert Wines.

The process of vinification for still wines differs from that of effervescent sparkling wines which have carbon dioxide naturally produced during fermentation. Table wines or natural wines are consumed with food; sparkling wines & champagne are consumed mostly during celebrations and, fortified wines or dessert wines are consumed after the meal. These are also used for cooking purposes.

Taste (Sweetness)

The taste defines the character of wine which can range from sweet to dry and bitter. The level of sweetness in wine is attributed to the factors which control sweetness, such as acidity, tannin, alcohol levels, carbon dioxide, etc.

Tannins are found in the grape skins. They are natural polyphenols, which add to the bitterness, astringency and complexity in wines.

An increased level of alcohol can the sweetness in the wine, whereas, high acidity levels can make wine taste dry. Red wines have tannin which makes them less sweet as compared to white wines which have high acidity.

Vintage or Variety

When it comes to the classification of wines, vintage refers to the wines are made from the grapes grown & harvested during a specific single year.

Variety classification refers to the variety of grapes grown and used in the winemaking process such as Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc. Varietal wines are made using a dominant grape variety. For a wine to be labelled so, it must have a minimum of 75% of the dominant grape variety used in vinification.

With the above-mentioned information, we hope that this article has helped you to establish the correct basics.

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Drinking Etiquette Around The World

Alcohol also finds a place in celebrations & traditions around the world and drinking is an enjoyable part in the lives of many people. The ones who enjoy drinks & love to travel would agree that no holiday is complete without high spirits. It gives them the opportunity to explore the local cuisine & drinks.

However, as you go about planning your next vacation to a different country, it is important to revisit few a basics here. Remember to be mindful of the local laws and customs. Also, know your limits when you go out drinking in foreign lands, you wouldn’t want to be caught in a messy situation that ruins your trip.

To make things easier, with this article we intend to bring you a list of drinking to-do’s as you plan your next sojourn around the world.

Denmark & Germany

The drinking culture is quite strong in Germany and the people sure do love their beer. A common thing between the Germans & the Danish is the way they toast while drinking. They like to maintain eye contact while toasting, it is symbolic of ‘trust’, and the person is considered untrustworthy if they fail to abide by it.

Czech Republic

The Czechs, like the Danish & Germans, make eye contact while toasting, it is considered rude if you don’t look people in the eye while clinking your glass. Also, make a mental note not to cross your arms as you clink.

France

The French are polite & they like to take it slow! You never fill your glass of wine more than halfway, pour a little and take it slow, don’t gulp it down like a shot!

Russia

The Russians consider it rude if you put your glass of vodka shot down without finishing it, it has to be downed in one go. Remember not to leave your glass on the table once you’re done, place it on the floor instead.

Hungary

Clinking glasses when drinking beer is a big no-no in Hungarian culture. The aversion is rooted in the revolution against the Habsburgs dating back to 1849 when the Austrian soldiers drank beer & clinked glasses while the Hungarian martyrs were hanged.

Spain

When in Spain, ‘always’ toast like the Spanish, and we’ll tell you why. So it goes like this, the Spaniards believe that you experience seven years of bad sex if you toast with a glass of water!

Japan 

In a social gathering in the Japanese culture, the elders are served first, and people ensure that no one’s glass is empty. Pouring a drink for yourself is considered outright rude, and as a part of extended camaraderie, people pour a glass of drink for each other.

And…Here’s a quick parting tip for you, when in doubt, always take the lead of the local. It not only helps you in enjoying the customs of the place you’re visiting but, it also helps you in making friends with the locals. Besides it is advantageous to learn to toast like the natives, it might earn you additional brownie points with your new friends!

Disclaimer: Excessive alcohol consumption is harmful. Whether it is to celebrate or to unwind, it goes without a doubt that one must be a responsible drinker.

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Stocking Up Your Bar For That Amazing Party?

It’s that time of the year when the festivities from the previous year follow the way to a new year. While it is fun to host a party, it can be a rather daunting task too, especially if you do not have a plan of action in place. Do you find yourself to be in that worrisome state of being disorganised and not knowing where to begin?
You needn’t sweat over it because we, the good samaritans, are here, to share some useful tips with you so you can throw that amazing party.

The List

Remember, everything begins with a list! Jot down all the details such as the date of the party, time, place, guests, etc.
As you prepare a guest list, it is important to keep in mind the choice of drinks & food which your guests would prefer to have. You wouldn’t want to run out of alcohol or food in the middle of a party, especially since you’re the host!

Booze

Once you’ve decided on the food menu, make a list of the kinds of alcohol you would need to buy and their quantity.

The next question popping in your head must be ‘how many drinks per guest and how frequently should you serve’. The safe advice here would be to serve two drinks in the first hour & subsequently moving on to one per hour after that. (Please note that this is a piece of general advice and not an immutable rule!)

Here’s your checklist

-Beer

-Whisky

-Tequila

-Vodka

-Gin

-Wine (Red/White)

Decide whether you would want to serve cocktails too and if so, list them.

Mixers

Here go the magic words, make a list!

-Soda water

-Tonic water

-Bottled water

-Juices (Fresh or bottled)

Another important point which must not be overlooked, would there be teetotallers? If yes, keep a list of non-alcoholic beverages (including mocktails) you’d be serving.

Drink Garnishes

The standard-

-Lemon

-Lime

-Oranges

-Olives

-Cherries

-Cranberries

-Pineapples

-Celery

-Fresh herbs

Let’s Chill!

Stock up on ample amount of ice (approximately 1 pound per person) and keep ice bucket handy with half-ice & half-cold water. If your budget allows, you could also get creative with different & fancy ice-tray shapes.

What’s In A Glass?

Keep the alcohol glassware ready. Again, if it’s an informal get-together or you’re on a budget, feel free to skip the fancy glassware and keep it simple.

Bar Equipment

Here you get a chance to practice & show off your great bartending skills! For a budget party, no fancy stuff is required, and even the most basic ones would solve the purpose.

Additional Tips

Here’s another tip you might want to inscribe on your mind –

Full bars require a bigger budget and a huge variety of liquors.  If you’re planning a party on a budget, it is advisable to keep lesser booze variety and to restrict the number of cocktails served. As an example, create only two signature cocktails instead of many, eg, vodka martini & cosmopolitan. Another great example is Punch’, which is a great money saving option too. You could also use create smart mixes to save few bucks.

Food

Please do not forget to order food!

Additionally, you must never drink on an empty stomach. Remember to eat while you drink as it slows down the absorption of alcohol.

Music

No party is complete without the right kind of beats to dance to!

 

Quick Cocktail Recipes

Vodka Martini

 Ingredients

  • 3 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1 fluid ounce dry vermouth
  • Olives
  • Ice Cubes

Directions

Combine vodka and dry vermouth in a cocktail mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish & serve.

Cosmopolitan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1/4 fluid ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 fluid ounce triple sec
  • 1/4 fluid ounce cranberry juice
  • Ice Cubes

Directions

Combine vodka, lime juice, triple sec, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish & serve.

EndNote: We told you that have you covered on this one, and here’s wishing you many more amazing parties!

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