You need a drink, maybe two. No really, if for no other reason than your health you deserve some wine. The health benefits of wine are substantial. Most people don’t need a reason to uncork a bottle at the end of a long day but if you do need a nudge towards the grape vine this list is sure to motivate.
The holistic upside to wine drinking cover you head to toe. Drinking moderately, a suggested 1-2 4oz. glasses of wine per day, can reduce the risk of colon cancer, cataracts, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart attack. It can also miraculously slow brain decline and promote longevity.
A few quick facts about the great grape.. wines using one type of grape are referred to as “varietals” where as bottles containing multiple types are called blends. Vintage is a reference to the year the grapes were grown and your non-vintage wines will be a mingling of several vintages.
All eight common wines have incredible variance between them and something to excite every palate. They range from light and sweet all the way to full-bodied and savory. A quick breakdown of the differences can help you get caught up in the vines.
Riesling- The flavors of kefir lime,lemon juice, and white peach are prominent in this choice. It pair well with poultry, fondue and Indian food. If you enjoy a floral or herbal element to your wine this may be a good place to begin. Riesling is considered a light and sweet option.
Pinot Gris- If you enjoy citrus in a more delicate light try this floral white. It has orange zest and lime water flavors in addition to apple skin and pear sauce. This light wine is ideal for light meals such as poached fish and salads.
Sauvignon Blanc- Shifting more towards the dry and rich end of he spectrum is sauvignon blanc. With a more aggressive citrus take or more “herbaceous quality” than Reisling or Pinot Gris, the Blanc presents notes of honeydew, kiwi, and mint. If you enjoy Mexican or Vietnamese try a glass for dinner or with any pork, chicken or fish meals.
Chardonnay- This dry and rich white offers up wild flavor combinations of butterscotch, toasted caramel, cinnamon, and Meyer lemon. This complex assortment allows for decadent pairings with lobster, crab, and cream sauces. Try this one for a special anniversary or celebration dinner!
Pinot Noir- If a light-bodied, fruity beverage is more your shade Pinot Noir is a great place to start. Have a glass of this red with your next French experience or with veal and nutty cheeses. The flavors of rhubarb, red fruit, and even beets and mushrooms reflect in this glass.
Zinfandel- Fruit heavy flavors like sour cherry, boysenberry, and nectarines burst into the Zinfandel. Great for a multitude of snack and dinner settings this is a great choice for a BBQ or house party. A crowd-pleaser that pairs wonderfully with Italian, Thai, chicken, pork, and cheddar…what more could you ask for?
Syrah- Maybe your desires lie toward the end of the full-bodied and savory end of the spectrum? Syrah aka “Shiraz” showcases an intriguing blend of blueberry, tobacco, plum, and pepper flavors to wake up your palate. This mysterious mix goes great with a late romantic dinner over lamb, beef, smoked meats, and firm cheeses.
Cabernet Sauvignon- With similar food pairings, this full-bodied beauty is neighbors to the Syrah. The taste differs with hints of black currant, cedar, and black cherry making an appearance. This dark classic red pairs nicely with smoked meats, aged cheddar, and Pecorino. Bring out the charcuterie board!
If any of these classic wine choices has you reaching for the wet bar you should check out Easley Winery in downtown Indianapolis. Easley is the oldest family-operated winery in the state! Try their international gold medal winning Reggae Red or Blueberry Jubilee after a weekend tour. With over 20 different wines to choose from and Indiana’s own Sun King Brewery as a next door neighbor no one will go thirsty. If your experiences leave you thirsty for more unique urban style and prime location, look no further than Downtown Indy.
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