Friday, January 6, 2017

The Beginners Guide to All Things Vino

While you don't need to be an expert to enjoy a bottle of the best wine at the Lake of the Ozarks - it can be a fun way to start a new hobby. Wine is a historical beverage, dating back thousands of years. It's been created out of many different ingredients from a rice and honey wine to the most common ingredient today: grapes. With the many flavors that can be found in a glass of wine, and the fact that those flavors can be altered by one simple step - we wanted to give you the low down on wine types, glasses, and even how to read a label.

Popular Wine Varieties

White Wine

Wine can be described as dry or sweet, and it all depends on the amount of residual sugar left in the wine. Residual sugar is any natural grape sugars that are left after fermentation. If the fermentation process uses up the sugar, it is a dry wine. If the fermentation process stops before it uses up all of the sugar a sweet wine has been produced.

  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling
  • Pino Grigio
  • Sauvignon Blanc

Red Wine

One of the most popular topics regarding red wines is usually the body and tannin level. The wine body is dependent on how the wine feels in your mouth. It can be similar to the feeling of a wine being thick or thin. Light or thin bodied wines are ver watery, medium bodied is like regular milk, and full bodied is more like cream. Tannins naturally occur in the plants, seeds, and skins of grapes. Tannins add dryness, bitterness, and astringency in the middle of your tongue and the front part of your mouth.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Shiraz

Your Wine Glass Guide

There are several different types of wine glasses, and each one is ideal for different types of wines. Granted, you could use a different glass than is suggested, but there is a reason each glass is suggested.

Large Red - the bowl shape allows the wine to breathe and is best for cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, and merlot.
Small Red - it's narrower at the top, which directs the wine to the nose. It's ideal for Shiraz and Zinfandel.
Large White - this glass is smaller than the red, with a wide bowl. You'll enjoy chardonnay and chablis in this glass.
Small White - even narrower than the last glass, it directs the aromas right up to your nose. Try Riesling, Pinot Gris, or Sauvignon Blanc in this glass.
Flute - when you want to enhance bubbles, this is the perfect glass. It's ideal for champagne and sparkling wines.
Dessert - It's a small glass that directs the wine to the back of the mouth. Sherry and port are two types of wine that are ideal.

Reading Your Wine Label

There are a few key things you will notice on a wine label, all of the being as important as the other. 

You can find the producer of the wine listed on the label. This is going to tell you what winery produced the wine, but not necessarily where the grapes were grown. 

The vintage will tell you what year the wine was produced. This is important because weather affects wine flavor, and every year will have a slightly different taste.

Do you want to know what type of grapes the wine was made from? The variety is listed on the label, and the wine must contain 75% of that type of grape.

There are some areas that have better grapes than others, because of this, the region will be listed on the label.

Finally, if you want to distinguish how bold the wine taste is, sometimes you can rely on the alcohol content, which should also be listed on the label.

If you're looking for a glass of wine that surpasses your expectations - you should try Missouri wine. Our grapes are grown at our Lake of the Ozarks vineyard, you'll even see them as you drive in. Our wine is expertly made, and we're sure you'll enjoy it. You are welcome to come visit us and try a few for yourself! Try three free, or for a small fee you can try all of them (and get a small gift!). Our winery is nestled into the Ozark hills, and it's the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a glass of vino.

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full-service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052

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