Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Basic guide to blush wines

To help you pick a wine you'll enjoy, we came up with a basic guide to wine types. This time, let's look at the blush or pink wines, plus a few lighter reds.

We profile each type of wine we carry, and we help you make sense of what it will taste like, what it goes well with and whether you might enjoy it. Each wine is described in these ways:
  • Level of sweetness. From really sweet to very dry.
  • Amount of body. Wines range from light body that is very easy to drink, through full body with lots of flavor, to very full body with intense flavors that can be a challenge!
  • Taste. Each variety has a one-word (ok, sometimes a two-word) summary. We chose words like floral, fresh, crisp, rich, luscious, fruity, smooth, and spicy to describe the wide range of flavors in wines. I even found little clip art pictures to help you imagine the flavors before you buy. (Ever try to find a picture that describes a taste? It ain't easy!) 

cherry fruits
Many blush wines
have a taste of fruit,
but they vary in sweetness.
White Zinfandel:
  • Blush or pink in color
  • Semi-sweet or lightly sweet
  • Light body, easy to drink
  • Tastes "Fruity" like fresh fruits
  • Drink with pastas and any light dishes
  • Serve chilled
Sweet Blushes like Franzia Blush and Pink Niagara
  • Blush or pink in color
  • Semi-sweet (a little sweet)
  • Light body, easy to drink
  • Tastes "fruity" like fresh fruits
  • Drink with any light dishes
  • Serve chilled
Dry Blushes like White Merlot, Eye of Toad dry Pinot Noir blush, and Blushing Bastard
  • Blush or pink in color
  • Semi-dry (not sweet)
  • Light body, easy to drink
  • Tastes "Fruity, Crisp" like citrus
  • Drink with any light dishes
  • Serve chilled
Chillable Red: 
  • Light red or dark blush in color
  • Semi-sweet (very lightly sweet)
  • Medium body, flavorful
  • Tastes "Fruity" like fresh fruit
  • Drink with pastas, ham, turkey
  • Serve chilled
smooth like waves
Red Rose and Burgundy
feel smooth to taste
Red Rose: 
  • Darker blush, light red in color
  • Semi-dry (not quite sweet)
  • Light body, easy to drink
  • Tastes "Smooth" like it feels soft in your mouth, and has a soft fruit flavor
  • Drink with chicken, beef, steak, fish
  • Serve lightly chilled
Burgundy: 
  • Dark blush, nearly red in color 
  • Dry (not sweet)
  • Medium body, flavorful
  • Tastes "Smooth" like it feels soft in your mouth
  • Drink with hearty dishes, beef, steak
  • Serve room temperature
Chianti has a cooking spice taste
and goes well with spicy foods.
Chianti:
  • Dark blush, nearly red in color
  • Dry (not sweet)
  • Medium body, flavorful
  • Tastes "Spicy" like cooking spices
  • Drink with Italian foods and spicy dishes
  • Serve at room temperature
Sangria:
  • Dark blush, or Light Red in color
  • Sweet (really sweet!)
  • Light body, easy to drink
  • Tastes "Very Fruity" with fruit flavoring the wine
  • Drink with Mexican foods, spicy dishes
  • Serve chilled or over ice. Great with fresh fruit added to it! 
Concord wines are almost as sweet
as candies. 
Sweet Reds like Concord
  • Red (but so sweet, we put it in with blushes) 
  • Sweet (really sweet!)
  • Light body, easy to drink
  • Tastes "Luscious" like juicy candy
  • Drink with any light dishes
  • Serve chilled

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