Grilled salmon over steamy rice pilaf sounds great doesn’t it, but what would make that dish even better? A great bottle of wine would. Wine can turn any meal or any occasion in to a great one, with just one pop of a cork. The thing is, buying a great bottle of wine can be pretty tricky. It does not have to scare you though, by following a few easy steps you can be on your way to wine success in no time at all. You just need the right tools, which is yourself and a little confidence! The steps to finding a great bottle of wine are listed below.
Step Number One:
Figure out what you are serving. Before you go out and decide on a great wine, you will want to first decide what you will be serving along side this wine. If you are throwing a dinner party for some friends, make a list of what the main course is to make a better selection. If you are just having a few people over and want to open a bottle of wine for a good time, then think about what little snack items you will have out to give your friends to eat. Wine always taste a little better when paired with something that brings out it’s original taste. Dry wines are always good with fish, while dark and heavy reds are even better with red meat. So make a list of what to eat and go from there.
Step Number Two:
Check with the guests. You might want to see what everyone likes before you go out and spend a fortune on a good bottle of wine that no one will drink. A lot of people have a preference between reds and whites, so you might want to look in to that before you make a selection. If costs is not an issue that evening, you may want to get a couple bottles of each color to make sure that everyone will have a least one glass of wine that they enjoy. It is not just reds and white though, you have to remember that the pinks are just as good, and just as costly.
Step Number Three:
Find a reliable store. To really know that you are purchasing the best wine, you will want to find a store that has a wide selection, and a lot of people on hand that will be able to assist you. You do not usually find a great bottle of wine at your local grocery store, even though it is possible, you would probably want to go and ahead and look for a specialty store in your area that offers wine. Another good trick is to find a store that has no problems with you sampling the wine. A good store knows that you have no idea how good a wine actually is unless you are able to taste and smell it. To find a store in your area that offers all of this, you will most likely need to get on to the Internet and make a quick search, unless you buy wine often. After you have made a search, call the stores that come up and ask any questions that you might have so you can make a good choice on a store that you think will provide you with the best service possible.
Step Number Four:
Store your wine properly. To keep the temperature correct, invest in one of the best under counter wine coolers as seen on this page. These elegant storage options keep your wine at optimal temperature throughout the year, and they look stylish to boot.
Step Number Five:
Taste and smell. These two things are most important when choosing a bottle of wine. You always want to place the wine of choice in a glass, and swirl it around to infuse the odors of the wine and warm the liquid. As soon as you do this you will the want to smell the wine, and lastly taste it. Remember when sampling the wine what you are serving with this beverage to ensure you make a good choice. If you have any questions you might want to bring someone along with you or ask for help from the wine expert at your local specialty store. The people who actually work at these stores usually know a whole lot about wine and have no problems assisting you with a good selection.
Always keep in mind how many people are coming to your get together. If you have more than five or six guests you will probably end up wanting to get a few bottles of wine so everyone will be able to have at least one glass. Finding a great bottle of wine does not have to be hard at all. It can really be as easy as you make it. Have fun and remember, it is just a beverage!