Ok here's some serious business we need to address: millennials and our love for wine. Wine is making a comeback as the go-to drink and it's COOL that our generation is into it. Why it's so cool:
a) it's chemistry
b) it's an ancient practice
c) it's delicious
After sampling the vast amount of Italian wine Tuscany had to offer in college, and then taking a science course in wine making (that's right, that counted as my lab science), I was mesmerized by the history and craft of this magical stuff. Don't get me wrong -- I'm by no means a wine expert (yet?), because as soon as I THINK I know something, BAM -- another tidbit of wine truth sneaks up and surprises me.
First of all, if you don't think you're a "wine person", you probably should try more wine because I'm telling you, there's something out there for everyone. How to get started? Go to a local wine store during their tasting hours and just try everything they have open. They will most likely offer you 3 to 5 types of wine and pour you a 1oz taste. Take your time, and be honest. There are a lot of "wine buzzwords" out there that we think we should use (oaky, dry, fruit-forward, etc.), and it's TOTALLY acceptable to say something like "this wine tastes kinda like Starburst," because when it comes to wine, there are very few 'right' answers -- what you like it what you like, and being as honest as possible will help the wine store clerk find out what you may and may not like.
A myth about wine:
Good wine is expensive: This is half-true. MOST expensive wine is pretty damn good, but there are so many more hidden gems out there that are incredibly delicious and are at a level as high or higher than the pricey, popular brands. I've found that California wine is almost always overpriced because of the pedigree, but that's also because it costs more to make a wine in CA than say, Argentina. In fact, some wine makers own wineries in different parts of the world, make the same sort of wine, and price it differently because of the overhead costs they need to cover in that region. Also, many up and coming wine growing regions mimic popular, well-established regions because their climate and soil are similar. So try a wine from somewhere you wouldn't necessarily go to right away and test it out!
A fight for Rosé:
Ladies, a dry Rosé is not the same thing as a White Zinfandel. Yes, they are both pink. Since White Zinfandel was most likely your first wine experience in college, you MAY have been completely turned off by how sweet it was. However, I've got good news! That pink wine section in the fancy wine store is probably devoid of any sugary wines. My manager at the wine store just told me how Rosé originally began, and it's actually not as far off from red wine as you might think. It actually began as the excess juice winemakers would filter off of a red wine. If the winemaker wanted to make a deeper, more concentrated red wine, they would syphon off some of the juice after a few hours to a full day and save that, bottle it, and call it Rosé. So really, it's the little sister of red wine! In the end, it comes out as a refreshing spring or summertime wine, often floral or full of berry flavors and watermelon. But not sweet! Nice, right? Also, these wines can be inexpensive and you can get a really really delicious bottle for under $20 (Sidenote: if you don't like Riesling because of how sweet it is, ask for a dry Riesling and get all the same delicious flavors minus the sweet sugar kick).
Below are some of my new-found favorites for this season. Check them out and try and find them at your local wine store! Happy sipping!