Selecting Red or White Wines

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 at 12:00 am

wine glassWine is like dating. One must get it right in order to achieve the desired outcome. One of the most basic questions in wine appreciation is when is white wine appropriate and when is red wine right for the occasion? Here are some points of difference.

Color – This should have been a dead giveaway. Red wine comes from red grapes, thus its shade, while white wine is extracted from green grapes. Examples of red wines include merlot, shiraz, and cabernet sauvignon. White wines include chardonnay and riesling.

Serving temperature – White wine is commonly served chilled, whereas most of the time, red wine is served in room temperature. Still, there are instances where some red wines are best served chilled. Since there is a difference with the temperature on which red and white wines are served, the process of serving wine between two have some distinct variations as well.

Boldness – White wine is generally lighter in taste compared to its white counterpart.

Type of meat – Red wine goes along well with red meat like lamb, beef, pork, and deer. On the other hand, white wine goes best with white meat like chicken or fish. White wine is also sometimes served as dessert or appetizer wines. There are some wines which specifically go well with a particular type of meat. For example, cabernet sauvignon is a suitable companion for lamb, while shiraz compliments beef well.

Glass used – Wine serving is also particular with the glass used. As such, there are what are called a white wine glass and a red wine glass. There is also another type of glass called the globe or the bordeaux glass.