How to Drink White Wine

Drinking white wine is a rich, flavorful experience. The different types of white wines have widely divergent flavor profiles that are delicious on their own or paired with different foods. This all may sound a little intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of the different white wine types, how best to serve and taste them, and what foods go best with each type, drinking white wine will become a much more rewarding experience for you!

EditSteps
EditServing and Tasting White Wine
Chill your white wine to before serving it. The best way to get your wine to this temperature is to store it in the refrigerator after you buy it and leave it there for several hours. Conversely, if you need to serve it right away, leave your bottle in the freezer for about 30 minutes to do the trick![1]
While this is the optimal temperature range for white wine, don’t worry too much about chilling your wine down to a specific temperature. Just getting your white wine down to “refrigerator temperature” should be enough to put it in this optimal range.

If you do want to make sure your wine is before serving it, use a bottle thermometer to gauge the wine’s temperature before you open it. You can buy one of these devices relatively cheaply online or in a winery.

Drink your wine out of a white wine glass with a small bowl. This kind of glass is best for preserving the aroma of white wine, maintaining the wine’s optimal cool temperature, and expressing the acidity of wines like sauvignon blanc. However, if you can’t use a white wine glass, a standard wine glass will usually also work.[2]
If you’re drinking a creamier white wine, like American chardonnay, a glass with a large bowl may actually do a better job of expressing that creamy texture.

Hold your glass by the stem to avoid heating the wine with your hands. You may not realize it, but holding the wine glass by the bowl inadvertently allows you to transfer the body heat in your hands into the wine. If drinking white wine at the optimal cool temperature is important to you, make sure you always grip your glass by its stem.[3]
Conversely, if your wine is too cold (which is possible), holding the glass by the bowl is a good way to let the wine heat up a bit before drinking it.

Take some time to appreciate the appearance and aroma of the wine. Hold the glass up to the light to appreciate the wine’s color, or swirl the glass to see how much of the wine sticks to the glass. Before you drink it, lift the glass up to your nose and breathe in the scent of the wine. The experience of drinking white wine is as much about the look and smell of the wine as it is about the taste of it.[4]
The primary aromas associated with wine are fruit flavors, herbal flavors, and floral flavors. When you smell your wine, see if it has a fruity smell like raspberries, an herbal aroma like mint, or a flowery smell like roses.

Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t notice much about the wine’s smell at first. The more experience you have with different wines, the more you’ll learn to distinguish individual flavors and aromas.

How much of the wine sticks to the glass when you swirl it indicates how rich and dense the wine is. The more wine that sticks to the glass, the bolder the alcohol content is.

Sip the wine and swish it around in your mouth before swallowing it. Let the wine cover your tongue to get the full experience of it in your mouth. Focus on both the taste of the wine, as well as it how feels on your tongue and on the sides of your mouth.[5]
Take note of how the wine tastes, whether it’s sweet or sour, or if it tastes more like a tree fruit versus a citrus fruit. Pay attention as well to how warm the alcohol feels in your throat.

EditChoosing a White Wine
Choose chardonnay for a classic, velvety white wine. Chardonnay is a very popular white wine and considered by many to be a sort of “standard” variety. They’re usually fruity, velvety, and full, though some regional varieties can be more creamy than others. Overall, chardonnays tend to be pretty light, making them a good choice for wine novices.[6]
American chardonnay, for example, is usually much creamier and more “buttery” than French chardonnay.

Go with sauvignon blanc for a dryer, tarter taste. Sauvignon blanc, like chardonnay, has some hints of fruit, but it’s a much more acidic variety of white wine. These fruity tones will be closer to grapefruit than anything else, but it’s still a bright and refreshing wine to try.[7]
Sauvignon blancs are great if you want something light and sweet like chardonnay, but not overly sweet.

Opt for moscato for a softer, more versatile white wine. Moscato is very fresh and light, meaning its sweet and soft when you drink it. Its versatility means you can pair it with almost anything, so it’s a good wine to choose if you want some white wine with your meal but don’t quite know what wine would go best with your food.[8]
Moscato is just sweet enough that it can even be had with dessert!

Drink pinot grigio when you want strong fruity notes in your wine. Pinot grigio has a citrus-y taste, not unlike chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. However, the taste of pinot grigio is closer to green apples than grapefruit, making it less tart than sauvignon blanc but still crisp and sweet.[9]
Pinot grigio is also pretty consistent across all regional varieties. This means you can have a pinot grigio from any vineyard in the world and expect it to taste pretty much the same.

Try gewürztraminer for the ideal combination of dryness and sweetness. Gewürztraminer is a relatively sweet wine, but not so sweet that it can only be had with dessert. It’s a good choice of white wine for those who are fond of sweet drinks but who don’t want to go all in on a dessert wine.[10]
Gewürztraminer also has an impressive mouth feel that will leave your tongue feeling pleasantly coated when you drink it.

Have riesling when you want a sweet dessert wine. Riesling is probably the sweetest popular variety of white wine, making it very popular to have with or for dessert. Some regional varieties may feel more oily than others, but all types of riesling are consistently sweet, making it the ideal white wine to satisfy your sweet tooth.[11]

EditPairing White Wine with Food
Drink chardonnay with seafood in a rich sauce. This type of white wine is particularly good with fatty fish like salmon, or with seafood that is served in a lush, creamy sauce. It also goes well with dishes that have a strong umami flavor, like mushrooms.[12]
If your chardonnay is particularly light, it may also go well with a light seafood dish like oysters.

Drink moscato with fresh, crisp salad. The lightness of the salad complements the light, fresh flavor of most moscatos. However, you may also find that moscato works well when paired with a spicy food, so consider trying it the next time you go out for Thai food![13]
Because moscato has a little bit of sweetness to it, some people also enjoy pairing it with their desserts.

Combine sauvignon blanc with tangy seafood or cheeses. In contrast to creamy seafood dishes, try sauvignon blanc with a dish like scallops with grapefruit-onion salad to bring out its full flavor. Conversely, softer varieties of sauvignon blanc may pair better with cheese than seafood.[14]
A soft sauvignon blanc also goes well with charcuterie boards.

Have a glass of riesling or gewürztraminer with dessert. With the full sweetness of riesling, it’s hard to find a better pairing for this wine than a rich, sweet dessert dish. Try it with a fruity summer cobbler or a dish grounded in dark chocolate. If riesling is too sweet for your tastes, try a glass of gewürztraminer instead.[15]
Much like moscato, the sweetness of riesling also makes it an interesting pairing with spicier cuisine.

Opt for pinot grigio with light seafood dishes. Pinot grigio usually works best when paired with seafood-based finger foods, like seafood tostada bites, as they seem to bring out the flavor of the seafood. This is especially the case if you’re drinking a light pinot grigio from Italy.[16]
Pinot grigios with stronger fruit notes also tend to go well with salads.

EditWarnings
Never drink and drive or operate heavy machinery after drinking alcohol

Always drink responsibly and within your own limits. If possible, drink with other people instead of drinking alone.

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Today in History for 19th January 2019

Historical Events

1955 – “Scrabble” debuts on board game market
1960 – Eisenhower and Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact
1967 – Herr Karl Tausch writes shortest will “Vse Zene” (All to wife)
1996 – NHL Board of Governors approves sale of Winnipeg Jets, officially clearing the way for the team to move to Phoenix, Arizona in time for 1996-97 season
2001 – Cult film “Donnie Darko” written and directed by Richard Kelly, starring Jake Gyllenhaal premieres at the Sundance Film Festival
2013 – The 2012-2013 NHL season begins after a 119-day lockout

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Famous Birthdays

1639 – Noel Alexandre, French theologian/historian
1679 – Girolamo Chiti, Italian composer and music theorist, born in Siena (d. 1759)
1813 – Henry Bessemer, engineer/inventor (Bessemer engine)
1947 – Paula Deen, American chef and restaurateur, born in Albany, Georgia
1971 – Maurice Hofman, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Maastricht, Netherlands
1971 – Jeff Juden, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, SF Giants), born in Salem, Massachusetts

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Famous Deaths

1547 – Henry Howard, earl of Surrey, army commander/poet, beheaded at 29
1865 – Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French philosopher and anarchist (b. 1809)
1945 – Ernest B Allo, French theologist, dies at 71
1964 – Joe Weatherly, American auto racer (NASCAR Sprint Cup champion 1962-63), dies of head injuries in race crash at 41
1980 – William O Douglas, member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81
2013 – Stan Musial, American MLB hall of famer, dies from Alzheimer’s disease at 92

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How to Drink Green Coffee

You’re probably aware that green tea has antioxidants, but did you know that green coffee does, too? Unroasted coffee beans that are still green contain antioxidants and chlorogenic acid that’s been linked to weight loss. To try these benefits for yourself, steep your own green coffee extract or take a powdered green coffee supplement. Remember to talk with your doctor before adding green coffee to your diet, especially if you’re on medication.

EditSteps
EditMaking Homemade Green Coffee Extract
Purchase green coffee beans. Look for high-quality beans that are wet-processed. This means they weren’t dried with the fruit left on which can lead to mold growth. If you can, buy beans that were machine-hulled which removes the husks.[1]
You can purchase green coffee beans online or ask your local coffee roaster to put aside some unroasted beans for you to purchase.

Rinse 1 cup of green coffee beans and put them in a pot. Put 1 cup (170 g) of green coffee beans into a fine mesh strainer and place it under the sink. Rinse the beans briefly and then transfer them to a pot on the stove.[2]
Avoid rubbing the beans vigorously because they’ll lose the papery chaff that contains antioxidants.

Add of water and bring the water to a boil. Pour in filtered or spring water and put the lid on the pot. Turn the burner to high and heat the beans until the water begins to boil.[3]

Simmer the beans for 12 minutes over medium heat. Take the lid off of the pot and turn the burner down to medium so the water bubbles gently. Simmer the beans for 12 minutes and stir them occasionally.[4]
Stir them gently so you don’t loosen the chaff from the corners of the beans.

Turn off the burner and strain the extract into a storage container. Set a fine mesh strainer over a bowl or storage container such as a jug. Slowly pour the extract through the strainer and into the container.[5]
The strainer should catch the beans and large flakes of the chaff.

Consider storing the beans to steep again. Put them in a sealable bag once they’ve cooled and refrigerate them. Steep them again within 1 week and then discard them.

Drink the green coffee extract. Unlike commercial powders that you need to mix, your green coffee extract is ready to drink immediately. If you dislike the strong flavor, dilute it with a little water or juice.[6]
Cover and refrigerate the extract for up to 3 to 4 days.

EditDrinking Green Coffee for Health Benefits
Try drinking green coffee for weight loss. Small research studies suggest that drinking green tea may prevent weight gain. This is because green coffee contains chlorogenic acid that limits your body from absorbing carbohydrates that you eat.[7]
Although more research is needed, green coffee may reduce blood pressure and improve blood sugar.

Track your dosage throughout the week. If you bought green coffee powder and are mixing it with boiling water, follow the dosing instructions on the package. Unfortunately, since there aren’t dosing recommendations for how much chlorogenic acid to add to your diet, you’ll need to monitor how much green coffee extract you’re drinking every day. If you develop side effects, cut back on your daily dose.[8]
Some studies recommend adding 120 to 300 mg of chlorogenic acid (from a 240 to 3000 mg dose of green coffee extract), but there’s no way to tell how much is in your homemade green coffee extract.

Pay attention to side effects such as headache, diarrhea, and anxiety. Since green coffee contains more caffeine than traditionally roasted coffee, you’re more likely to experience side effects from the caffeine. You may feel anxious, jittery, or develop a rapid heartbeat. If you experience side effects, cut back on the green coffee and consult with your doctor.[9]
Other possible side effects include diarrhea, headache, and urinary tract infection.

Drink green coffee 30 minutes before your meals. Regardless of whether you’re drinking homemade green coffee extract or a powdered green coffee drink, plan to drink your dose on an empty stomach. Wait 30 minutes before eating a meal or snack.[10]
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions about how many times you can drink green coffee through the day. For example, some may recommend that you limit it to 2 doses a day.

EditTips
Always talk with your doctor before adding a supplement to your diet, especially if you’re taking medication.

EditWarnings
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid drinking green coffee since it’s higher in caffeine than traditionally roasted coffee. You should also avoid giving it to children.

EditThings You’ll Need
Measuring cups

Pot with a lid

Fine mesh strainer

Storage container

Spoon

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