10 Things to Know About Drinking Wine

By Bricco Posted on September 29th, 2015

Whether you just began to appreciate wine or you’re introducing a friend to the joys of this divine drink, it’s important to understand a bit about what you’re drinking. We’ve put together 10 things you should know about wine guaranteed to impress even friends who have been drinking it for years!

1. Common Wine-Drinking Terms

Wine has its own language. In particular, make sure you’re familiar with these three terms:

  • Bouquet — The distinctive aroma you smell from a well-aged wine.
  • Breathing — Exposing wine to the air to bring out flavor.
  • Sommelier — A professional who is well-versed in wine and food pairings.


2. White and Red Wine for Beginners: What’s the Difference?

White wine is made from white or sometimes black grapes. It can be sweet, dry or a mixture of both. Red wine is made of black grapes, and it contains the tannins that give red its “puckery” taste. Red wines are also aged much longer than white wines.

3. The Difference Between Dry and Sweet Wine

These terms both refer to how sweet a wine is. Dry wine may be called “unsweet” wine, because all the sugar in the grape has been fermented into alcohol. Sweet wines, on the other hand, still have sugars left from the grapes. Consult a sweet vs. dry wine chart to find the best matches for your palate.

4. Which Countries Make the Best Wine?

These five countries produce the world’s best wine:

  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Argentina
  • United States


5. Which Regions Are Best Known for Wine?

Within those five countries, some of the standout regions for wine production include:

  • Costa Brava, Spain
  • Mallorca, Spain
  • Napa Valley, California
  • Var, France
  • Bordeaux, France
  • Mendoza, Argentina
  • Chianti, Italy


6. The Most Common Types of Wine

The four most common types of white wine are Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The four most common types of red wine are Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

7. Temperature Really Matters

Red wine should be served a bit below room temperature, anywhere from 53 to 69 degrees. You’ll want white wines to be cooler at about 44 to 57 degrees. You may also want to take a white wine out of the fridge and let it sit for a few minutes.

8. The Right Pairings Make a Difference

Putting the ideal combination of wine and food together can bring your meal to a different level. At the best bars in Harrisburg, PA, such as Bricco, you can ask for suggestions about the best food and wine pairings.

9. Expensive Wine Isn’t Always Good Wine

Many people assume just because a wine costs a lot, it’s also the best. While it’s true that certain exclusive, well-made wines come with a higher price tag, don’t assume it’s true for every wine. There are many inexpensive wines that are sensational.

10. Wine Suggestions for Beginners

As a beginner, you’ll want to pick a wine that won’t overwhelm you. A couple of our favorite red wines for beginners include American Zinfandel and South African Shiraz. Good starter white wines include Italian or American Pinot Grigio and an American or German Riesling.

Start Your Journey at One of the Best Bars in Harrisburg PA

Now that you know more about wine, come to Bricco for your next dinner or get-together to indulge in the best wine selection in Harrisburg.

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