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Is it Wine O’ Clock?

There are so many varieties of wine. A visit to your local store will show a vast array of wines and you are always spoilt for choice.  There are so many elements that make up a good bottle of wine – so how can you make sure the wine you are buying is the best wine around?

Below are some tips that will help you determine what is a good wine. These tips will help you make sure that any party you plan will make impress your guests with the quality of wine you are providing and make your event even better.

is it wine o clock
A bar of chocolate can be around 200 calories. A glass of Prosecco can be around 90 calories so choose wisely!

The bubbles

Did you know all sparkling wine starts as still wine and the fizz is added later on?

Both Champagne and Prosecco tend to have smaller bubbles. The reason is that these wines have been under the carbonation process for longer. The smaller the beads the longer they last  – this is one of the signs you are drinking a good sparkling wine.

Is there a difference between have a Cork or a Screw cap?

How often have you had a bottle of wine that is corked?

Corked wine is term that means the wine has become contaminated with cork taint. This occurs because of presence of a chemical compound called TCA. 

TCA forms  when natural fungi (found in corks) gets in the contact with certain chlorides found in bleaches and other winery sanitation/sterilization products. So never drink a wine you think is corked.

You will find that the more expensive wines now use screw caps to lower the chances of being ‘corked’. Lets face it how annoying is it when you purchase a bottle of wine only to find your cork screw is missing. How much easier is it to open a bottle of wine that has a screw cap?

Did you know that the corks in wine have been around since 1400s?

Today many of the most expensive wines are using screw caps to lower the chances of being “corked”.



is it wine o clock
One ton of grapes makes about 60 cases of wine, or 720 bottles. One bottle of wine contains about 2.8 pounds of grapes

How does it taste?

Corked wines smell and taste of damp, soggy, wet or rotten cardboard. There are varying degrees of ‘corked’ too and some experts may be able to taste it when others can not. However, despite being horrible in taste, does not make it harmful to humans.

How to tell the age of a good wine

I always say I am like a fine wine – I get better with age!

The darker the wine will mean it is an older wine. If you tilt red wine to the side and hold the glass up to a lighter background you will see that the edges of the wine will be dark (like a brick-red colour) compared to younger wines.

Older Cabernet has a brown-ish colour, Merlot becomes deeper red and Pinot light brown in colour the older it is.

Did you know that the country that drinks more wine per capita is The Vatican with 74 liters per capita per year which is about 99 bottles of 75cl per year

Always read the label.

Do make sure you read the label to establish where the wine is from. If the label gives very clear and precise information on the area it comes from it generally indicates that the wine is a better quality of wine from an established region.

How to confirm the alcohol content of wine.

One way to do this is to swirl the wine in glass and note how much clings to the sides. A higher alcoholic wine will stick to more to the sides of the glass.

Foods that go well with wine

Dry Rose is the best wine to have if you are eating light foods which include fish and salads

Enjoy mild cheese, fruit or light or white fish then Sauvignon Blanc works well

Pinot Noir is a great choice for grilled foods. Also, chicken( and other white meat,) Plus Salmon works well.

Presents for wine lovers

I hope you found this blog post on wine useful but please remember that men and women who drink regularly should consume no more that 14 units week which is equipment to six pints of beer or seven glasses of wine a week. Also that if you do drink it should be moderately over three or more days and that some days should be alcohol free. 


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