On the blog today we are addressing some of your questions posted on our FB and IG feed this week! As we stated in our post, our goals for 2016 are set on education. We want to learn and grow and really get to know what we are putting in our bodies. The new year has us all turning a new leaf - eating better, working out more. We want you to be just as inquisitive about what you are drinking! So every so often we will be out in search of customer questions on a quest to educate ourselves on what are customers are looking for - and to educate you on what you need to know about wine!
Question 1: "I need to expand my palate away from the super sweet wines. What are some suggestions on a transitional white that isn't moscato or Riesling?"
Meza: Well we get what you are saying - but we do always tell customers the most important thing is to drink what you enjoy! Life is too short not to! That being said, there are tons of white wine options that are a bit drier than the wines you mentioned but that still showcase a lot of fruit. Try a Chenin Blanc or a Viognier - these wines tend to have lots of tropical fruit notes and are fruit forward but not sweet like a Riesling. Also you don't have to avoid the whole category of Riesling if you want to try a drier wine. There are some gorgeous Dry Rieslings from the Finger Lakes, Germany and Oregon. You still can enjoy the pretty stone fruit notes that the Riesling grape provides but these styles tend to be a bit more balanced with a brighter acidity.
Question 2: "What varietals typically age the best?"
Meza: Typically wines (red wines) that have lots of tannin are more suitable for aging. The time in the bottle replaces some of that high, harsh tannin with more fruit and a softer edge as they age. You want to look to regions like Bordeaux, big Rhone reds like Hermitage, and Italian reds like Brunello di Montalcinno or Barolo for wines with great aging potential. Your big, fruit forward wines tend to maybe develop a bit more in the bottle but only for so long. Those are what you want to be drinking now. Lots of white wines are best enjoyed early on, like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. However, there are also white wines that can stand some age ( we are talking upwards of 20 years), including some styles of German Rieslings or Sauternes (a gorgeous French dessert wine). Your best bet if you are looking to find a wine to cellar for a number of years, is to go to a local shop in your area and inquire and they can most likely hook you up with some great suggestions.
Question 3: " How is red wine good for your heart? And Why isn't white wine?"
Meza: Red wines can have some major health benefits. They are higher than white wines in reservatol (an antioxidant) and have a higher percentage of choline which helps with inflammation in the body. A lot of that good stuff is found in the grape skins - white wines often don't have much contact with the skins of the grapes once they are pressed. Also the drier the wine the more health benefits you can derive from them. For more information check out this great page put out by the Mayo Clinic on the benefits of red wine!
Thanks for your questions and keep them coming! We want this year to be all about nurturing our appetite for information and knowledge. One of the greatest benefits of shopping small is specialized attention and a great atmosphere in which to learn and we look forward to providing that to our customers! So stay tuned!