The most popular varieties of red wine
Red wine should be decanted
How to store red wine?
As a rule, red wine is stored in cold and dark cellars, as such conditions enable the best possible maturation of the wine. Bottles with corks are stored lying down, while the ones with screw caps can also be stored upright. Always keep open bottles in the refrigerator for a maximum of five days, closing them with a special stopper that prevents premature oxidation of the wine.
Which food pairs best with red wine?
You probably already know that red wine goes well with dark meat. But did you also know that it pairs well with cheese? The basic rule is that we need to match the intensity of the wine with the intensity of the flavour of the cheese. Stronger wines are thus best paired with aged cheeses. For example, try combining parmesan and cabernet sauvignon. The fat of the cheese and the tannins in the wine will create a harmony you will not easily forget.
Blue frankish with a higher level of acidity, such as Blue Frankish MAČKOVCI, goes well with beef, but also with, say, pork goulash. The wine has a strong ruby colour and a very varietal aroma. Notes of berries, black pepper, wood and chocolate predominate.
If you have a cut of beef with more fat, say a T-bone steak, choose a full-bodied wine with a lot of tannins, such as cabernet sauvignon, as they will cut through the fat in the meat. Combine lamb with a medium-bodied red wine or a stronger wine with less tannins.
And remember: when pairing meat with red wine, focus more on the sauce than on the meat!
What glasses to use for red wine?
Red wine is poured into wider glasses with larger openings so that the wine can breathe, as experts say. This way, the aromas develop faster and the flavour of wine becomes even richer. Red wine glasses have a wider middle part, a larger and longer stem, and a wider opening that produces a richer aroma.
As a rule, red wines that require several years of maturation before coming to our table, turn out best in large glasses with a volume of 600 ml and more.
Now that you know which glasses to use and how to store wine, all you need is the most important thing: good-quality red wine. And if anything, you cannot complain about the offer – choose French, Chilean, Italian or coastal wine. Have no fear – you can hardly go wrong.