For the uninitiated, navigating the wide world of wines can be extremely difficult. There is so much to learn and know about wine, that it can get brain-numbing pretty quickly.
Let’s start off easy with the following 3 wine styles –
Shiraz is usually regarded as the ‘king’ of red wine grapes, is arguably the most popular grape variety around the world.
Shiraz varietals are generally full-bodied, bold, complex and intense. These strong wines are filled with tannins, making them hearty and powerful drinks to consume.
These wines match very well with red meats, hearty stews and wild game meats.
Shiraz wines are planted abundantly across Australia, California and the popular Rhone Valley of France.
Amongst white wines, Chardonnay is probably the most popular grape variety.
Usually, Chardonnay wine varietals feature citrus, apple, pear and peach flavours, with an assortment of characters like vanilla, honeysuckle, lemon zest, almond and coconut.
These delicious flavours go well along with dishes like oysters, chicken breast, peas, goat cheese and mushrooms.
Chardonnay plantings can be found in California, France, New Zealand & Australia.
- Pinot Noir
Pinot is earthy, has a lighter colour, and exhibits low to medium tannin density.
A flexible and easy drinking red variety, it features mushroom, cut hay and leather nuances dominated by fruity flavours of raspberries & rhubarb.
Fatty fish, pasta, meaty stews and casseroles are suggested food pairings with Pinot wines.
Pinot Noir can be found in abundance in Australia, Canada, UK and France.
Now that you’ve learnt a bit about all 3 of these wine types – you have to look deep within & figure out what kind of tastes do you have. Only then would you be able to judge which of these wines would work the best for you – Shiraz vs Chardonnay vs Pinot Noir.
If you cannot decide, just rush to your nearest wine store & pick up a bottle of each of these 3 varieties. Invite a couple of friends over, bring out a bunch of new wine glasses, prepare 1 or 2 meat dishes, and voila, you are all set for a wine tasting session. Cheers!