As they say in Brisbane, wine is bottled poetry, and it’s never a bad idea uncork and discovers its mystic prowess. Good wine is second to none when it comes to unveiling the most profound philosophies of life; it doesn’t only get you high, it makes you great!
The magic of water mixed with sunshine, what we call wine in Queensland, has intrigued humanity for ages. There is no shortage of wine lovers and travellers in Gold Coast and Brisbane who wander across all stretches to locate the most delectable wines.
Are you too intrigued by the idea of the astounding variety of wines available in the world and wish to discover them? Are love and a bottle of wine all you need to be happy in life? Well, if yes, here’s a comprehensive guide to educate you about the famous wines one must try once in a lifetime.
Prepared by fermenting grapes, wine is an alcoholic beverage that has been in production for thousands of years all across the hills of Brisbane.
- Red Wine: Red wine is created from the dark coloured varieties of grapes. The process involves extracting the colours and flavours from the grape skin, imparting it the natural tones. Depending upon the maturity of wine, its colour can range from violet (young wine), red (mature wine) to brown (most mature). Typically, red wine is served in a big bowl glass to let the wine ‘breathe’ and oxidise better.
It’s best coupled with grilled vegetables, grilled meat dishes or chicken. Besides, there are some surprising health benefits offered by the red wine that makes it indispensable to infuse life into your weekday blues.
Taste: As the tannins contained in natural varieties of red grape is astringent and bitter, most varieties of red wine tend to taste tart and dry.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are good varieties to start with.
- White Wine: The process of preparing white wine involves utilising the grape juice while extorting the red pigments away.
Taste: The flavour ranges from bright, savoury to creamy depending upon the inputs.
- White wine pairs best with seafood and salads.
- You may begin with trying the Chardonnay, Riesling, Moscato and Sauvignon Blanc varieties.
- It’s best served in a tall, suitable size glass.
- Rose Wine: Pink or blush coloured wine is developed by adding grape skin just a few hours of the fermentation process or by mixing the red and white wines.
Taste: Tasting medium sweet, some of the varieties could taste dry. It’s the best pick for beginners owing to its light and soft texture and mild taste.
- Pair it with steaks, smoked chicken or hamburgers or other white chicken dishes.
- Served best in a bowl glass, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel are the popular varieties in Brisbane you must try.
- Dessert Wine: Sweet wine or dessert wine is often served with desserts. There is no particular definition, and it is best categorised into Port, Shawny, Sherry or so on.
Taste: Mildly sweet.
In addition to desserts, sweet wine can also be paired with smoked meat and cheese and served in shot glasses.
- Sparkling Wine: Wine sparkles when it CO2 is added to it during the fermentation process. It’s a highlight of most of the celebrations and is categorised as Cava in Spain, Prosecco in Italy or Champagne in France.
Couple it with cheese, salad, fish or bread and serve in an elegant, tall glass.
Already dreaming of picking your perfect glass of wine? Cheers!