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I AM NOT SURE if it's the culture here in
Trinidad that makes men tend to believe
real men do not drink wine; I think the op-
posite holds truth. For me, enjoying a
glass of wine has absolutely nothing to
do with gender; it's all about enjoyment,
conviviality and good times, and for red
wine lovers, slip in health as a bonus.
Now, mind you, there are many men out
there who are absolute wine enthusiasts,
who drink wine abundantly. But generally,
from my experience, men tend to shy
away from anything wine; for example,
the wine ordering at restaurants is re-
served for the women or the waiters.
For wine-shy guys, keeping it simple and
working your way up is always the best
approach to getting intimate with wines.
Never be intimidated by all the wine jar-
gon, or being told which wine to drink.
The best approach is to try as many
wines as you like, keep notes on the ones
you like, and read up on them.
Walking into a wine store can feel like
walking into a darkened museum of fancy
bottles. There's no alcohol more intimi-
dating than wine. Even Scotch, with its
unpronounceable names and smoky
flavour, is somehow easier to approach.
All a guy needs is a little bit of informa-
tion to approach a wine list with some-
thing like confidence.
And the truth is, a great wine is really all
about how it tastes to no one else but
you. The greatest wine in the world, no
matter what price the wine is, is going to
be the one that you enjoy drinking, the
one you enjoy the most, But how do you
know what you like if, like a lot of guys, you don't
know the first thing about wine? Except that
women seem to love it and it makes you sleepy.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
The best way to start getting oriented with wine is
simply to start tasting. Remember the names of
wines you like and the ones you don't. Ask your
friends which wines they like. Start making a list and
build your palette from there. If you're at a restau-
rant, tell your server what you plan to order and ask
for wine pairing suggestions. If you're on a date, pick
up the menu and point to the price range you're
looking to spend. Then tell the waiter or sommelier
that you're looking for good wine suggestions. An
astute server will discreetly point you in the right di-
rection based on a price you're comfortable with.
SOME WINES TO KNOW
Cabernet Sauvignon: Generally described as full-
bodied and bold, with dark fruit and oak flavours as
well as a green bell pepper flavour. A classic pairing
includes lamb, steak or spicy foods.
Syrah: Includes a wide range of flavours, depending
on the climate in which it grows. A lighter syrah fits
with lamb while a bolder syrah wine teams well
Petite Sirah: Bold flavours and bold, dark colours. A
petite sirah will have an intense flavour with scents
including blackberries, black cherries, plums and
black pepper. Red meats and rich fatty foods are
great for pairing.
Sauvignon Blanc: Typically dry and crisp, sauvignon
blanc is a light wine that pairs well with light fish,
shellfish, vegetables and salads.
Chardonnay: Tends to be thicker or more full-bod-
ied, with oak flavours from aging. Chardonnay
works with chicken or seafood.
Riesling: Depending on the region where it's grown,
Riesling can range from dry to refreshing and sweet
with circus fruit flavours. Pair Rieslings with salmon
HOW TO TASTE
There's a method to tasting. Typically, once the
wine is poured in their glass, you'll see people swirl
the wine around. This releases the different scents
and flavours into the glass, which is why the next
step is to plunge your nose in and give the wine in
your glass a whiff. Then take a sip and decide for
yourself. There's no right or wrong ...If you like it, go
for it. You could like something that's more like
moonshine or garage wine, but if it's good to you
that's all that matters.
Once you get through these eight rules, you'll be
able to safely say you know something about wine.
• Never bring wine to a party without knowing
what's on the menu.
• Full-bodied reds go way beyond a steakhouse
• Light-bodied wines can be the most exciting.
• Box wine is perfect for camping trips.
• There is no reason on earth why men should not
enjoy white wine.
• You can usually tell if a wine has gone bad just by
• On a first date, don't try to impress with elaborate
Happy Fathers' Day!
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