Angela Ortmann is the STL-Wine Girl and Wednesday morning she talked about the seven mistakes wine drinkers make.
- This Wine is Too Cold: Over chilling wines may make them refreshing, but it also tamps down the aromas and flavors of the wine while highlighting the tannins.
- This Wine is Too Hot: Serving wines too hot is much worse than serving them too cold.
Wines stored in the high 70s for somewhat extended periods of time, anything hotter and you`re quickly cooking your wine. While storing wines at 75 degrees is probably alright, serving them that hot is really a no-no.
- This Wine Needs Some Mouth-to-Mouth: Do you ever think that the last glass of wine from a bottle is the best? That is no coincidence. Letting a wine breath helps to stimulate the development of aromas and soften tannins.
- This Wine Needs a Bowl: Yes, glassware does matter. A nice, big bowl, at least 10 ounces, leaves plenty of space for swirling and allows for a wine`s aromas to accumulate, making it easier for you to enjoy.
- This Wine Needs a Rest: There`s a phenomenon in the wine world known as 'travel shock.' Both bottle shock and travel shock produce wines that are muted, dull and basically uninteresting. Let your wines rest!
- This Wine Needs A Better Dinner Partner: Some wines simply don`t work with certain foods and vice versa. The examples may be limited but a few that I can think of off the top of my head include wines with artichokes, which make wine taste bitter, oily fish and big reds, where the wine tastes like tannin and metal, and salad with low acid wines, where the dressing makes the wine taste sad and flabby.
- Assuming You Know: Assuming that you really know enough about a wine to dismiss it after one encounter is the biggest mistake we make with wine. There are so many things that can make a wine show poorly, from the six mistakes that lead up to this one to things like bad corks, dirty glassware and even a bad palate day. So next time you don`t have a good experience with a wine, don`t be so quick to blame the wine!