Saturday, March 27, 2010

Don't Wine About The Wine

Whether it is a night out with your girlfriends or a romantic dinner with your spouse, “wine” not… wine and dine? There are a variety of wines with a variety of flavors to choose from. Every wine has its own unique taste depending on which type of grape and region it came from.

Greece is one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world. In Ancient Greece the reputation of the wine was based on where the wine came from and not the individual producer of the wine. Wine was a very important part of Greek history, which would take pages to explain, so let’s move on to the mouth watering part of Greek history; that is the different types of wines!

First of all you might be wondering why is white wine not really “white”? Most white wines are a yellow/golden color. This is because white wines are made from the grape juice and the grape skin of gold, green, or yellow grapes. It can also be made from the juice of a red grape but not the skin( usually in champagne). Drinking white wine is most common when consuming a lighter meal such as lunch or an appetizer. It is also great during the spring and summer because it is a lighter more refreshing type of wine. Have you ever tried a white wine? ...Well if not, the most common white wines that are served in our restaurant today are Chardonnay and Champagne.

Unlike white wine, red wine is actually red. It might not always look red, but it usually is considered a shade of red on the color scale. This wine is actually true to its name because the grapes that are used to make this kind of wine are red, deep purple, and even blue. They receive their unique color and name because during the fermentation process the skins of the grapes are actually in contact with the juices which creates a wide variety of deep colors. When drinking red wine you want to make sure that the temperature is just right. If it is to warm the wine will have an overwhelming taste of alcohol. If the wine is too cold it will have an extremely bitter taste, this is why all red wines should be served at room temperature. Some of the most common red wines at Ziziki's and Volos Taverna are Cabernet and Pinot Noir.

Choosing the right wine might be difficult, but once you find it you will be asking yourself… “ ‘wine not’ go out for the perfect glass of wine tonight.”

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