Red Wine- نبيد احمر
A wine made from red grapes and is often dryer than white wines.
A couple varieties of well known red wine include Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot, Sangiovese and bordeaux. Red wine is often paired with red meat, blue cheese,red pasta sauces and other rich foods.
Selecting and Buying
Find bottles of red wine with vintages at least three years old. Red wines improve with age in the bottle and begin to reach maturity after three years. The major exception is beaujolais-nouveau and fruitier red table wines that are made to be consumed as soon as bottled. Exceptional vintages of red wine will mature earlier than average vintages, and can be very drinkable within two years of bottling. Try a younger bottle of your favorite variety occasionally, to scout for outstanding vintages.
Explore all the wine vendors in your area, including supermarkets and discount stores. Look for your favorite varieties in the oldest vintages. Try red wines in your favorite varieties from different regions, like Australia, Chile, South Africa and Argentina.
Preparation and Use
Many red wine benefit from letting them breathe a bit before drink. Older vintages and some newer one benefit from decanting or using an aerator prior to drinking.
Conserving and Storing
Wine enthusiasts know that proper storage is crucial to the preservation of a fine red wine. The same principals that go for expensive wines usually suit frugal wines as well.
Learning how to store red wine takes a little effort. It helps to become familiar with different types of red wine in order to make decisions on how to store red wine properly.
Get to know red wines. Different varieties of reds require different preparation before serving. Some wines are best at room temperature while others should be served with a slight chill.
Take note of wines that should be chilled. Among those that should be chilled for about thirty minutes are: Beaujolais, valpolicella, chianti and pinot noir. These wines are typically young and have less texture.
Remember that it is better to keep red wine over-chilled rather than over heated. Store red wine in higher temperatures and the result is a soupy mess. The wine can always sit out for awhile to get closer to room temperature.
Storing Red Wines:
Store red wine in a cool, dark place. An underground basement is the ideal environment, hence wine cellars. Those who do not have basements do have other options to consider
Keep tabs on the temperature. Store red wine in an area that consistently stays between 55 and 65 degrees F. Overheating will make the wine age too quickly, ruining its composition.
Store red wine bottles on their sides. Ideally, the wine should touch the cork. This prevents the cork from drying out. This also prevents air from sneaking into the bottle. A moist cork is an indicator of a properly stored wine.
Consider preparing a closet to store red wines. This is ideal for homes that have no basements. The area should have some air circulation to prevent mold from growing. Special wine closets can be built for a nominal fee.
Consider renting storage for large collections of red wines. While this can be quite costly, it is often the safest approach to keeping very collectible wines in excellent condition.
Sniffing wine corks is unnecessary.
A properly stored wine will have a cork that is moist to the touch.
Old wood can cause wine corks to rot.
Avoid putting red wine bottles in direct light.