While most people are down to drinking a glass of wine anytime, not all wine drinkers love the sweet-sour taste of wines.
Should the taste deter you from drinking wine? We don’t think it should. As much as wine is a distinct alcohol of repute, you can always switch up the taste to favour your palate.
Here are five (5) simple hacks to change the taste of your wine for the better:
Soda is always welcome
Adding soda to your wine gives it a semi-sangria feeling and makes it taste better. Make sure both the soda and the red wine are of the same quantity, pour on ice and garnish with a slice of lemon.
Pineapple has magic
A glass of white wine rose wine, or sparkling wine can benefit a great deal from the addition of pineapples. Cut your pineapple into triangular chunks and add them to your glass of wine for that extra hint of sweetness.
You can enjoy your glass of white wine with a twist of lemon by adding equal parts lemonade and wine in a glass over ice. Garnish it with a wedge of lemon for the extra citrusy feeling.
Use the Freezer
Have you ever tried freezing your wine? That is a whole new level of enjoying wine. Simply pour your wine into an ice cube tray, add 2 tablespoons of simple syrup and freeze. Once it’s frozen, you have for yourself a beautiful wine-y dessert to tell your friends about. Don’t shy away from garnishing with citrus or another fruit of your choice.
Bring in the blender
Wines generally taste better when they are well aerated. So where you do not own a traditional wine aerator, bring in the blender. Pour your bottle’s content into a blender, and turn it on. let it blend for a minute or two, then serve. Your wine will come out tasting better than before.
It’s International Women’s Day and a lot of Nigerian women will be celebrating with a glass or two of their favourite drink.
In the 80’s and 90’s, our mothers joined our dads to drink beer, especially Guinness stout. But today’s woman is delving into new types of alcohol.
From Baileys to Amarula, Magnum to Strawberry Lips, cream liqueurs is every Nigerian woman’s temptation. There is something between the warmth of the spirit and the sweetness of the cream that resonates with women. You’ll find women having a cream liqueur whether at a wedding, on a date or just relaxing at home.
Be it a still rose wine, a sparkling rose wine or a rose champagne, the pink colour and lovely fruity notes of rose are in sync with the palate of most Nigerian women.
“I am not really particular about brands, but so long it is a rose and it is pink, I am drinking,” said Yewane Rwang-Dung in a recent interview with Spirit Magazine. That is just how much the rose wine has sunk into the DNA of Nigerian women.
Sweet Red Wine
Carlo Rossi Sweet Red and Thomas Barton Merlot are among the favourite choices. Sandeman Port Ruby is also another highly rated wine among Nigerian women. The choice of this has to do with the sweet palate of Nigerian women, and of course, the romantic tendencies that come with red wine.
“Flavoured vodka gives the opportunity to explore with different tastes,” said Funmi, a lady we met at a bar. Flavoured vodka makes for an amazing base for most cocktails, and that is something Nigerian women are certainly in love with.
“Wine is romantic, intoxicating and built on passion that begins in the vineyard and ends in the glass… or perhaps ends in the intoxicating rush you get when you sip a spicy, silky, brooding red with your love… or the object of your affection,” says Ian Devereaux White.
Wines have always been linked to love or classified as a drink that intensifies romance. From romance stories to poems and simple quotes, wines have featured alongside romance or romantic lovers.
In a common setting, if you were to ask a hopeless romantic or even the most unfeeling of persons what the perfect setting for a romantic evening is, wine is bound to be mentioned eight out of ten times.
But why is wine considered as the drink of romance?
We surfed around and found seven (7) reasons why.
It is sweet
Romance is sweet, and so is wine. Whether it is red wine, rose or white wines, or even the recently popular Moscato, wines leave a pleasant feeling on the palate. Notes of fresh fruits and refreshing warmth are enough to set the romantic sides of us on fire.
Wine is beautiful
Be it in a bottle or in a glass, wines look beautiful at all times. Couple all that beauty with petals of flower and boxes of chocolate and you are sure to win over your lover again and again.
Wine affects you the same way love does
Scientists have confirmed that alcohol (wine) has the same effect on the body like love does. When a man and a woman are in love, the body releases Oxytocin also known as “love hormones.” These hormones play a role in making us desire body-to-body contact. Scientists at Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews found out that the same feelings oxytocin gives us is similar to the feeling we get from drinking wine.
Wine names are romantic
Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or whatever other types of wine you introduce to your woman, you will always sound classy; and classy is romantic. Those beautiful wine names open the door to a whole lot of romance, and if your significant other is interested in wines, knowing a little backstory will help you.
Wines are always a good pair
Wines make a good pair of anything you hope to serve or order on your romantic night out. Grilled meat, seafood, fish, barbecued chicken, local or continental dishes – whichever meal you are served, wine pairs well with all of them. You just have to select the right type of wine to suit the occasion.
You have heard how red wine is good for the heart when taken in moderation. Well, not only is the heart the only beneficiary of the goodness of red grapes. The antioxidants in the grapes used in making wines help to even out the skin tone. No wonder Marilyn Monroe decided to take a bath in a tub filled with champagne.
The great sage, Ovid, in his 17 A.D. treatise entitled “The Art of Love” wrote about wine that:
“It warms the blood, adds luster to the eyes, and wine and love have ever been allies.”
It’s and Aphrodisiac
Many believe wine is an aphrodisiac, especially when paired with seafood. The aroma of certain wines is enough to put one’s passion in the speed lane. Talk more about having a sip of the wine running through your system. The pesky little chemical messengers called pheromones that can cause havoc in our minds and bodies.They pass information on to the brain, which may affect one’s state of mind, emotions, or mood. It is the reason behind that special feeling you get after having a glass of sweet wine; that feeling that just eases you into the right mood for a memorable night.
However, having too much of wine to drink may just put you in the mood, but render you incapable. So it is better to take in moderation. Even Shakespeare advises against having too much wine when Porter, in Act III of “Macbeth” proclaims:
“Ah, wine…it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.”
Wine tasting is one of the oldest practices in the world. It is as old as wine production itself and usually involves a systematic procedure in order to properly evaluate the wine.
Tasting of wine usually occurs among connoisseurs, wine enthusiasts and wine makers. However, within the comfort of our homes or on dates in restaurants, each of us is a wine taster. While some of us just take regular sips of our wine, others go through the “five S” steps – see, swirl, sniff, sip, and savour.
Also, some drinkers are attracted to brands, others are drawn to the taste while others will simply drink any type of wine placed before them. The underlining factor in drinking wine usually lies with the palate of the drinker.
A recent study by Tim Hanni MW has shown that there are mainly four types of wine drinkers according to palate differences and genetics. The study reveals the four ‘vinotypes’ to be sweet, hypersensitive, sensitive and tolerant.
So which type of wine drinker are you?
Sweet Wine Drinkers
Women populate this category because their genetically sweet palate. Sweet wine drinkers are highly selective with their wine choices. They usually end up with light and sweet wines of which rose wines are the most frequent of their choices. For the sweet wine drinker, wines that are either harsh or strong in taste are a turn off.
Hypersensitive Wine Drinkers
Hypersensitive wine drinkers go several steps ahead of the ones with sweet palates.These set of wine drinkers tend to be much more adventurous. Usually they are ready to try out new wines, but at the same time love clean styles. It is quite normal for the hypersensitive wine drinker to go for a wine that is not too loud on flavour.
Sensitive Wine Drinkers
According to Hanni’s study, sensitive wine drinkers are at the centre of the sensitivity spectrum. This is the category were majority of wine drinkers fall into.Sensitive wine drinkers are notably flexible, free-spirited, adaptable and adventurous. Whether it is a sweet wine, clean or strongly-flavoured, this category of wine drinkers are ready to have a sip. With these wine drinkers at your event, you do not have to bother about the style of wine you are serving as they go for any wine type on the menu.
Tolerant Wine Drinkers
Tolerant wine drinkers are the ones whose palates are suited to strong-flavoured wine types. These type of wine drinkers never say no to wines with intense and powerful flavours. For the tolerant wine drinker, the more rich and full-bodied a wine is, the more enjoyable it becomes. Tolerant wine drinkers are almost always in complete wonder as to why others settle for ‘wimpy’ wine styles.
A bottle of wine is one of the most pleasurable sights in the world for the avid wine drinker. However, when the aromas have been released and the palate has been seduced, what happens to the wine bottles?
Do you throw them into the bin and let it be carted away with other waste, or do you just leave them in the backyard or store with a pile of other beverage bottles? Letting bottles of wine go to waste might not compare to pouring away a good Merlot wine, but it surely it is something too precious to waste.
How do you recycle old wine bottles?
There are a lot of creative ways to reuse your old wine bottles within your home rather than send it to the recycle company.
We are not talking about the typical Nigerian style of storing groundnuts in them or cooking oil. This has to do with creative recycling, and it requires a bit of work.
Below are some of the creative ways you can recycle your old wine bottles.
Turn it to a cup
You may have a lot of glass cups in your house already, but a glass cup made out of an old wine bottle is rare and special.
To get your glass cup from a wine bottle, all you need is to split the bottle into half. The up part can serve other purposes, but it is the bottom part that is readily available for holding a new liquid ( or liquor as you like it).
All you need to do is soak a piece of yarn in nail polish remover and tie it around the wine bottle. Light up the yarn using a lighter and let it burn all the way round for 10 – 15 seconds. Dip in a bowl of cold water and there you have your perfect split. Go ahead and smoother the edges with a chisel or sand paper and your glass cup is ready for use.
How about a chandelier?
Yes! How about a chandelier of old wine bottles? With the bottom half of your wine bottles already in the glass rack, the top half can serve as chandelier. You will need wires, bulbs, a board and a chain to hold up the board to the ceiling. String your light bulbs through the bottles – make sure the wires have been connected properly to the power source ( you might need an electrician here). Don’t shy away from using different colours of wine bottles as this would add some spice to your chandelier.
Wine bottles can make amazing containers for growing your flowers. You can simply fill up the bottle with water and soil and put your flower into it. In other case, you can also cut your bottles in half and use either half to grow your flowers.
You can as well switch it up and use both halves of the bottle in growing your house plant. While the bottom half stores the soil and water, the upper half hold up the plant. Show your creativity by arranging them beautifully in and out of the house.
Wine bottles come in handy in demarcating your backyard garden from the footpath. All you need is to bury them neatly by the edges of your garden or field to ensure people do not step on the grass or plants while walking through. Ensure that none of the bottles are broken to avoid any injuries. Using different colours of bottles will add ornamental beauty to your footpath as well.
Your wine bottles can become a toothpick holder in the dining. Imagine the beauty of picking out food particles from your teeth after enjoying a meal of roast paired with a lovely Chardonnay wine. Split the mouth of your old wine bottle in a slant, chisel for smoothness and use the cork or cover to seal it. Place your toothpicks in them and it is set for use.
Wine is already considered as the drink of romance. Why not go above the top by having a romantic dinner lit up with candles in old wine bottles? There are several ways to create your candle holder. Simply putting the candle through the mouth of the bottle is the most common. However, you can split your wine bottle in half, use the upper part to hold the candle, while the bottom part (with the base cut open) can protect the candle light from wind.
Red wines and white wines are about the most popular, but one wine spans the colourspace between both wines – the rosé wine.
Also known as pink wine, the rosé wine happens when red grapes are lightly crushed and left to macerate with their red skins for a little while.
The maceration takes anything from a few hours to a few days, after which the juice is strained out from the must and fermented in tanks.
The winemaker has complete control over the colour of the wine, and removes the red grape skins when the wine reaches the perfect color.
Although there are several common styles and grapes that are preferred for rosé, nearly any red wine grape (from Cabernet Sauvignon to Syrah) can be used to make rosé wine.
Unlike champagne or prosecco, Rosé isn’t from a specific grape or region; it’s just a genre of wine, like red or white. The biggest producers by volume are France, Spain (where it’s “rosado”), Italy (“rosato”), and the United States.
The Pink comes in flavours & shades too
The rosé wine also comes in specific flavours and shades that define each bottle, brand and the taste that follows it.
The primary flavours of rosé wine are red fruit, flowers, citrus, and melon, with a pleasant crunchy green flavor on the finish similar to celery or rhubarb.
Actually, the grapes used goes a long way to determine the flavour produced. For example a deeply-colored Italian Aglianico rosé produces a cherry and orange zest flavors, and the more pale Grenache rosé from Provence in France will throw up honeydew melon, lemon and celery flavours.
As for the shades, the longer the grapes’ skins are left sitting in the wine, the darker the color of the finished rosé. The deeper the shade, the more the wine becomes tannic like the red wine.
The shades of rosé include thr Pinot Noir, the Grenache, the Merlot and Malbec.
How Rosé Wines are made
Rosé wines are made in three common ways which include maceration, saignee, and blending method.
This involves allowing the red wine grapes are let to rest (macerate) in the juice for a period of time before the entire batch of juice is finished into a rosé wine. The maceration method is used in regions like Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, France where rosé is apparentlyon the same level as red or white wine. It is probably the most common method of making rosé wine.
Saignée or “Bled” Method
The Saignée (“San-yay”) is when some of the juice is bled off and put into a new vat to make rosé. This method is very common in wine regions that make fine red wines such as Napa and Sonoma. Bleeding is done for the purpose of concentrating the wine’s intensity, but the method is rarely used and reportedly makes up only about 10% or less, of a winery’s production.
This method involves adding a little bit of red wine to a vat of white wine to make rosé. Just about 5% or so, of a red wine is enough to turn a white wine pink. Blending is quite uncommon,but is mostly applied in sparkling wine regions such as Champagne.
That’s the reason it’s such a top hit. There is never a need to pay over 5000 naira for a bottle, except it’s a really special occasion. Also, drinks.ng gives you the best and fairest prices when you buy your Rosé from the site, that’s the cheapest you’re guaranteed to find it. Rosé doesn’t need time to age, which makes it easy to produce quickly.
3. Vintage is not really vintage.
A rosé only takes a year to become vintage. So the newest vintage you’re drinking is going to be the freshest wine. You will only be able to find a vintage rosé from maybe two or three years back.
4. Rosé is made from red grapes.
Some of you might think that you make rosé by mixing red and white grapes together but that is not the case. Rosé is just from red grapes. The darkness of the rosé depends on how long the skins of the grapes are left to macerate in the wine.
5. 4 different types of grapes can be used.
Rosé is typically made from pinot noir, merlot, grenache or malbec grapes. The shade of rosé also depends on what grape is used.
6. Dry Rosé = Good Rosé.
When a wine is dry, it means that it doesn’t have all of those extra added sugars in it and that is what you want when you’re having rosé. You want something that’s crisp and acidic. That’s what makes it so good for summer.
PS – You can drink rosé with literally anything. Fish, BBQ, Burgers, Cupcakes.. the list goes on.