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How to Choose a Good Bottle of Wine That is Worthy of Your Taste Buds

How to Choose a Good Bottle of Wine That is Worthy of Your Taste Buds

Going shopping for wine when you don’t know what you’re looking for is nothing less than a grueling task. There are so many options that it would be no surprise to walk out empty-handed. Using this guide, hopefully you’ll feel better equipped to choose the one that suits your taste, budget, and occasion.

Pricing

A decent bottle of wine doesn’t have to come at an outrageous price. Think of the occasion and choose accordingly. If the event includes people that you are trying to impress, opt for something on the higher end of affordable, and if you’re just having supper in with some friends that already know your dirty secrets, cheap wine is totally acceptable. Most of the time expensive wines are overpriced anyway, so opting for a mid-range bottle is a good call.

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Red Wine

There is no correct way to choose a wine because it all depends on personal style. One misconception is that you can’t drink red wine with fish. This isn’t true, but keep in mind that it needs to be something soft like a Pinot Noir, which can also be served with chicken. Anything stronger than this can make the wine taste metallic. Drinking red wine chilled is also acceptable. Choose something like Cotes du Rhone or Beaujolais and put in the refrigerator 30 minutes before opening it. If serving spicy food choose a soft and fruity wine like an Australian or Chilean red and Lamb goes best with Rioja.

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Choose a wine from Chile, Australia, or California when pairing with steak. Vintage wines don’t have a great guideline, because there are too many variables. These wines deserve expert advice, so do your research.

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Pinks

Rosé comes in two main styles, sweet Californian and dry. It is difficult to tell them apart only by color, as they all produce different colors which are not an indication of flavor. A white Zinfandel indicates a sweet California style. The grape is what is responsible for the sweet flavor and it is best had when chilled alongside a bowl of strawberries, with dessert, or an Asian dish. A dry rosé is fruity and floral, and taste a bit silky. The best come from New Zealand, Chile, Australia, and France. Look for a dry rosé that is a Pinot Noir, Shiraz, or Cabernet. Additionally, it is best to match a dry rosé with the food that is pink colored like salmon, tuna, or prawns.

White Wine

Generally for vintage white and rosé, don’t choose anything older than 2009. The taste of the fruit tends to go flat. Salmon and other richer fish dishes go best with Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc has a clean, tropical taste that works well with the seafood. Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling should be served with Oriental food like Thai, because the food has enough zest to counter the sweet and sour flavors. For a barbecue, a white from South Africa, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, or North America will be sufficient. This is because they are not traditional wine making countries in Europe. White wines from France go great with muscles, and Pinot Grigio goes well with seafood or risotto.

When choosing a bottle of wine, a cork or screw-top is not the ultimate battle in determining cheap wine from expensive wine. Sometimes a screw-top is just more practical. Think of packing a picnic and buying a bottle of wine on the way to the park and realizing there is no corkscrew. With the screw-top lid this is no problem at all. Keep this in mind when choosing the bottle of wine, along with the budget and the occasion.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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