This week I thought I would share a few basic tips but to be honest, when I think about them I realize that for those who are new to wine these facts might be helpful, and for some of us they can be a gentle reminder.
- It takes 2.75 lbs. of grapes to fill one 750ml. bottle of wine.
- A standard 750ml. bottle of wine will serve 5 people @ 5 oz. per serving.
- A standard 750ml. bottle of wine will serve approximately 10-12 at 2 oz. per serving for wine tastings. Some may want a little less to taste.
- To avoid cork pieces in your wine do not let the “worm” or corkscrew go completely through the cork.
- To filter out the loose cork pieces, gently and slowly pour the wine into a decanter carefully keeping the loose cork in the bottle and trying not to get it in the decanter. Or you can pour the wine through a paper coffee filter which will not have an adverse affect on the wine (I’ve never tried this, but if I had to I would use an organic paper filter).
- Let your wine breathe by exposing it to the air. Young red wines with high tannins will benefit from the exposure to oxygen. It will help soften the tannins. Some say this process makes a wine “open up”.
- Swirling the wine in your glass will release its aromas. Be sure the glass is only half to one-third full in order for the vapors to accumulate and release. This is the time when you want to smell the aromas. This is called the “nose” in the wine tasting ritual.
- Does your wine have “legs”? The “legs” are the little streams of wine that fall down into the glass after swirling.