Wine never fails to make any occasion special. Whether it be a large wedding banquet or a simple dinner for two, the celebratory ambience is never complete without using the corkscrew to unveil the luscious liquid.
Unfortunately, the high esteem for wine distances it to the greater majority who are yet to be converted to its wondrous pleasures. Nevertheless, like most of life's joys, it is never too late to introduce yourself to the delightful bliss that wine has to offer. It is best to start entering the world of wine by knowing the different kinds. Trying each one would help you to discover the joys they bring.
Perhaps the most popular types of wine are the reds, thanks to the praises afforded by the medical world due to their heart-protecting, antioxidant properties. Red wines give the boldest and deepest flavors because of the grape skins which are used in the winemaking process. The longer a wine is in contact with its skin, the redder its color and the bolder its flavor. Common reds are Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz, and Zinfandel.
Many find it best to introduce themselves to wine with whites as they give off a more delicate flavor and aroma. White wines are made without the grape skins, producing a milder, sweeter taste. White wines can be made from both white and red grapes, so long as the skin isn't intact. The most popular wines are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling.
Rose and pink wines have flavors that are somewhere in between whites and reds. Pink wines usually taste tart and fruity. Pink and Rose wines aren't made from roses, but are made with red wine grapes with very minimal contact to the skins, so their colors aren't as deep as red wines.
Bubbly or sparkling wines are opened for the most important celebrations, making them princes or kings of the wine kingdom. Methods of making bubbly are very tedious which is why it is highly valued. The most popular sparkling wine is Champagne, made under the intricate methods done in Champagne, France.