A beginners guide to wine

Here at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we love two great things in this world: superb clothing and fine wines. We even sell hand blown wine glasses in our showroom! There’s nothing quite like getting a new bottle of wine, cracking it open, smelling the cork, and pouring that first glass.

Now, if you’re a beginner to wine, or just want to understand it a little better, you’re in luck! This guide is about helping you make sense of the types of wines, what to pair them with, and common terminology.

Types of Wines

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This graphic from Wine Folly illustrates the common types of white and red wines, as well as their shades. Chardonnay is much darker than Riesling, Syrah is a bit darker than Pinot Noir. These are just 8 of the over 1,300 types of wine grape varieties! Wine Folly has a chart that showcases the many types of wines (see below).

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Glassware

Not all wine glasses are created equal. It’s been found that the right glass will make wine taste better! Check out this article on the basics of serving wine.

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Wine Folly

This chart showcases the 6 common glasses: standard, flute, tulip, coupe, hook, and tumbler, and which one is best for certain varieties of wine.

Taste Test

Do you know how to describe the taste of wine, or do you tend to use all the same terms: earthy, dry, etc? This article shows you 4 steps for how to properly taste wine.

Pairing Wine & Food

One of the arts of wine is to properly pair it with your meal. Here are a few tips to use:

  • Don’t mix bitter wine with bitter food
  • The wine should be sweeter than the food
  • Pairing an earthy wine with something more earthy can make the wine taste fruity
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Wine Folly

Use this helpful chart from Wine Folly to determine how to best pair your next meal with the right wine.

How to Order at a Restaurant

Do you know how to properly order and approve wine while at a restaurant?

  1. Ask to verify the bottle and ensure it’s the one you ordered
  2. Check the cork to see if the producer label is printed on it
  3. Make sure the wine is not flawed
    – If the wine smells like wet cardboard, it could be from mold on the cork
    – If wine is left in heat over 90 degrees it can smell like jam
    – Wine that isn’t properly sealed will turn to vinegar
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