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10 June 2008

Wine 101: The basics- You understand beer, wine will follow

Let's face it, if there is one beverage most guys have down, sure it's beer. So, since you've spent years honing your beer palette let's use those skills in defining various wine types (varietals).

Light beer is like: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Grigio. Why? These wines are crisp, refreshing, and great on a hot day when you're sweating. Wine snob descriptors- Citrus, cut grass, floral, light body. The real descriptors- Pretty easygoing, low stress flavors, kind of like lemonade or maybe key lime pie.

Wheat beer/golden ales: Chardonnay. Why? More gusto, less subtle than the wines above, good with lots of different foods. Wine snob descriptors- Apple, peach, vanilla, butter. Real descriptors- Vanilla ice cream, on apple pie- creamy flavor with buttery goodness... mmmmm!

IPA/pilsner: Merlot, Pinot Noir. Why?Lighter reds, usually smooth and easier to handle than some of the big daddy red below. Wine snob desciptors- Cherry, plum, velvety, subtle. Real descriptors- A subtle version of cherry pie filling, ripe plums in the summer.

Dark beer/stout: Cabernet, Syrah. Why? Big, rich red wines with body (get your mind out of the gutter- just means they've got umph- lots of flavor and texture). Wine snob descriptors- black cherry, dried fruits, smoky oak. Real descriptors- Kind of like beef jerky with cherries or maybe chocolate covered fruit. It's good.

From The Guy's Guide to Wine
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