Things to know about wine
You do not need to be an expert to enjoy wine tasting. Though it is true that the more you know about something, the more you enjoy it.
For this reason we would like to give you the following pieces of information.
Some things you should know about wine
Wine is a natural product: Fermentation is a somewhat poetic and magical process. The natural sugar in the grape turns into alcohol to become wine.
There are many different types of wine: Any palate can find remarkable differences among different wine styles. Grape variety, weather conditions, the soil or the producer’s know-how, can make the difference.
Pairing wine and food. : Marrying wine and food is a kind of art, but that should not prevent everyone from having a go! The best thing you can do is to practice as often as possible. The basic idea is that food should help reveal the wine’s aromas and vice-versa. Wine and food should not compete with one another but be complementary. You can find more information in our section pairing wine and food.
Wine tasting: You do not need to be a wine buff to taste wine. Just prepare your senses to make full use of them and describe what you feel. Do not worry if at the beginning most wines seem alike, time and practice will help you to distinguish the wines’ characteristics. For more information, visit the Wine Tasting Guide section.
How to choose the best wine: Buying expensive wines guarantees a certain quality. However, the quality of a wine is not proportional to its price. We suggest you choose your wines according to your taste and to the occasion. It may sound obvious but many people simply take the bottle on offer and do not think much further.
Types of wine?
Still wine: Red, White, Rosé. No bubbles and less than 15º alcohol.
Sparkling wine: : Cava, Champagne and others. The second fermentation gives wines their glamorous bubbles.
Fizzy wine: Bubbles are not naturally produced. Gas is added as in fizzy drinks.
Fortified wines: They all have alcohol added at some point ranging 16º-24 º.
Dessert Wines: At the best when the balance between natural sugar and acidity allows them to age well.
Red Wine: Between 16º and 18º C. If it is warm you will need to cool it down in an ice-bucket.
White wine and rosé: Between 12º and 16º C. Keep it in the fridge and take it out just before serving it.
Sparkling wines: At around 8º. Serve chilled and keep in an ice-bucket.
Fortified wines (such as Port): 16º -18º
Dry Sherry: 12º - 13º
Fine Dessert Wine: 11º
4 elements impacting wine quality
Soil: It gives the wine part of its character.
The climate: The warmer the weather the more body and alcohol content the wine is likely to have. The cooler the weather, the more refreshing and acid the wine will be.
The grape variety: Grape variety greatly determines the wine. Along with the grape variety itself, we need to consider other things such as the age of the vine. We provide you with more details on Spanish grape varieties in our grape varieties section.
Wine making: Once the grape has been harvested, the oenologist’s savoir-faire is vital to produce a quality wine. He needs to master the fermentation temperature, the filtering and clarification processes, or the type of oak selected for aging.
The wine obtains tannins and complexity from the oak barrel. The wood has tiny pores that let the oxygen in and allow the wine age. Only full-bodied wines can bear long aging periods.
In the bottle, wines can evolve for a long time (always depending on the structure of the wine, as not all wines can age)