Before I started Sugaring, my favorite wine was cardboardeuax. There is a whole new world once you start drinking from a bottle, not a box. Spending a few minutes learning about different types of wine—and learning what you like can greatly increase the quality of your meals and life. Sugar daddies are often winos themselves, so take advantage of the opportunities to experience some truly exceptional beverages.
Wine is usually made from fermented grapes, although other produce items, like raspberry and rhubarb, can make delectable drinks as well. Wine grapes are sweeter and smaller than the grapes we can get at the supermarket. Once the fruit is harvested, it ferments. Red wine is made by fermenting the skins and pulp of grapes, while white wine is made from pressed juice from the grapes. The juice is fermented from months to years, and many slight factors affect the taste of the wine. These include the type of barrel the wine is held in, the temperature of the room and how much sugar has been added to the liquid.
I have an issue with remembering which wines I particularly like—a combination of enjoying my beverages and having a poor memory for names! It’s easy to be dazzled by the magic of an evening when attentive waiters circle around the tables to bring appetizers, savory dishes, and sweet delicacies. On a particularly swanky night, I was served eight courses with a different drink for each one! Now, I’ve begun to discreetly jot down the name of my beverages to create the ultimate Sugar Wine Guide.
You can never go wrong with a glass of red wine. Outside of a nice restaurant, red wine goes well with everyday life! Curling up with a book, answering e-mails and cooking are all activities that can be improved with a glass of red. Reds are traditionally paired with beef or lamb dishes. The flavors and aspects of the wine—full-bodied and rich—go well with the heaviness of red-meat dishes. They are usually served at slightly cooler than room temperature. Syrah blends, also known as Shiraz, are rich, hearty wines that often carry overtones of black pepper spice and pair well with most meat dishes. Merlot is another excellent choice for those who enjoy red wine. It is one of the most well known and popular reds. It’s more mellow, allowing for a soft, fruity flavor. Unlike most red wines, Pinot Noir goes well with fish.
White wine is traditionally paired with fish and lighter meals. As white wine is served chilled, this is a refreshing beverage on a hot day. Chardonnay is one of the most popular white wines in the USA. It is quite complex and can vary in flavor from oak, butter, fruit, to vanilla. Lately, I’ve become attached to Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand. The small island nation is becoming increasingly well known for their crisp and refreshing wines, with good reason. Prosecco is another option for those who love white wines, it’s a sparkling wine and is produced exclusively in Italy.
Rosé is a type of wine that is fermented with some of the grape skins, but not enough to be a traditional red wine. I prefer to drink Rosé in the spring, as the crisp, refreshing notes pair well with soft sunlight and warmer days. There are many phenomenal wines and wine blends, so go forth and imbibe!