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Entertaining at home? That calls for Cellarbrations.

Entertaining at home? That calls for Cellarbrations.

Winter is a great excuse to stay indoors and entertain at home. Why not have your friends over for an in-home wine tasting of Taylors Jaraman range of wines.

When it comes to really enjoying a nice glass of wine, we’ve compiled all the tips to get the perfect pour. From storing to temperature to the glassware you choose - this can all influence how your wines taste so you can enjoy them at their best.

 

Temperature

Any wine aficionado will tell you that temperature plays a vital role in wine. From wine-making – the moment the vines are planted, the way they ripen, how they travel to your local wine shop and how you store your wine at home, all have an impact on its flavour. If a wine is stored incorrectly it will age and spoil before you’ve even opened it.

Wine needs to be stored in a cool, dark place – a cellar or pantry. And every wine has what is called an ‘optimum drinking temperature’

Red Wine 

Red wine should be served at what is called ‘cellar temperature’, which is actually cooler than the room temperature most people aim for. By ensuring it’s within this temperature range when you’re ready to pour, you’ll enhance your overall experience. 

  • Full bodied red

    • Serving Temperature: 16 - 18°C

    • Wine Recommendations: Jaraman Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon 

  • Medium bodied red 

    • Serving Temperature: 12-14°C 

    • Wine Recommendations: Jaraman Pinot Noir 

 

White Wine 

It’s also a misnomer that white wine is best served ice cold, straight from the refrigerator!  

There can be vast difference in flavour of a chilled vs room temperature wine. White wine should be chilled, but if it’s too cold then the flavours are masked. 

  • Aromatic white wine

    • Serving Temperature: 6 to 12°C

    • Wine recommendation: Jaraman Chardonnay 

 

Getting the drinking temperature just right

For red wine, put the bottle in the fridge for 15-45 minutes before serving. For white wine, put it in for a couple of hours. The red wine bottle should feel cool to the touch and the white wine bottle should feel cold. 

 

Decanting wine 

This is essentially the process of pouring (decanting) the contents – usually wine – from one vessel (typically a bottle) into another vessel (typically a decanter). Usually the wine is then served from the decanter. 

Isn’t decanting something just for hard-core connoisseurs?  Well, no. 

Decanting is a rule of thumb with older wines, like vintage port wines or aged Bordeaux – wines that throw off a lot of sediment as they age, because decanting separates the wine from the sediment, and this is important because sediment can make the wine more stringent. By slowly and carefully decanting the wine, the sediment stays in the bottle. 

Decanting is also a lovely tradition and a time-honoured wine-drinking ritual. 

 Younger wines are also enhanced by decanting, because the splashing motion when the wine descends from the bottle into the decanter aerates the wine, allowing more oxygen into the liquid, opening up the flavours.  

 

Using the right glassware

Believe it not, the right glasses can enhance your taste experience.

White wine glasses tend to be smaller and narrower at the top than red wine glasses. And here’s why: Drinking white wine from the right shaped glass means that when you drink, the wine goes to the centre of your tongue when you sip, bypassing the sensors on the sides of the tongue, which in turn reduces the acidic flavours.

On the other hand, red wine glasses are larger with a wide opening at the top, allowing for more air in the glass. This, as with the process of decanting, influences the release of aromas and flavours. When you wash your glasses, use minimal dishwashing liquid and always rinse glasses thoroughly in hot water. Detergent can linger, affecting the taste when the glasses are next in use. 

 

Don’t over pour 

The final tip to mastering the ‘perfect pour’ is to fill glasses to just the right amount. As a general rule, glasses should be filled about 150 millilitres. And, as the host, remember it is your duty to ensure that your guests drink responsibly and get home safely. 

Wanting to take your new knowledge & put it to the test at home? That calls for a bottle of Jaraman Shiraz.