Be a Wine Connoisseur in Three Steps


The French believe that drinking wine with good friends has a way of making the time spent that much more enjoyable. Most players know that wine has an aphrodisiac affect on women, that can turn a no, into a we’ll see how I feel after we finish the bottle.

However, a wine connoisseur knows that just any old wine does not possess the power to create a memorable evening. In fact, a good wine can be made great or poor, just by what you choose to pair it with, and we’re not just talking about rose petals, a hot tub, and a box of chocolates.

Step One: Know your wine


There are many different flavors of wine, which get their unique aroma and taste from the region where the grapes were grown. We can break this down into a very simple chart that lists some common wine flavors that you will want to familiarize yourself with.

Wine NameWine TypeAroma Feel  Region
BarberaBarbera is a popular dry red table wine.Blackberry, black cherry, raspberry, plumSmoothItaly, California
Cabernet SauvignonThe Cabernet Sauvignon is a full, rich, dark wine.Dark berries, cedarwoodSmooth with a coarse finishFrance, Italy, Australia, California
MalbecMalbec is a dry red wine known for its dark color and pronounced tanninPlum, black pepper, blackberryFull and richFrance
MerlotMerlot is a dry, lighter red wine, known for its soft, pleasing flavors. When in doubt, you can’t go wrong here.Plum, cherry, floralSoftFrance, Italy, California, Washington
Syrah/ShirazPowerful flavor, yet a refined texture to the palate; Shiraz is a dry wine with a bit of a bite to it.Black pepper, blackberrySmooth, roundFrance, Italy, Australia, California, Washington, South Africa
Pinot NoirPinot Noir is a dry red, with much smoother and earthy flavors than Cabernet. However, be advised that it is also more expensive, due to the exclusive nature of the grapes used.Cherry, plumSmooth with a crisp finishFrance, Oregon, California, New Zealand, Australia
ZinfandelZinfandel is almost grown exclusively in California and is used to make a variety of wines, from sweet rosé (White Zinfandel) to port wine.Blackberry, boysenberry, plumSmoothCalifornia

Step Two: Know what kind of wine fits with the food you will be serving


As you look over the above chart, you will notice that it is actually fairly simple to choose a type of wine based on what you will be serving for the evening. Lighter colored wines go with most appetizers, including those consisting of vegetables, cheese and bread. Light reds are preferred with seafood, medium red with chicken, and your boldest reds pair well with most red meats and tomato sauces. However, you also have to consider the type of person (or people) who will be drinking it.

Step 3: Consider the personality of the person (or person’s) who will be drinking it


About Dr. Eric J. Leech

Eric has written for over a decade. Then one day he created, a site for every guy.

About Dr. Eric J. Leech

Eric has written for over a decade. Then one day he created, a site for every guy.