As one of the world’s oldest drinks, wine is complex and rich and can be quite temperamental prior to consumption. Serving wine correctly calls for the proper glassware, the ideal temperature, breathing time, and a good “pour”. At our local Baldwin Wine and Spirits Store, we know the best way to serve wine is a combination of all these attributes into one ideal experience for the drinker, while representing the wine to its peak advantage.
For the longer term, wine is best stored outside of the refrigerator and should be chilled right before they are served. For both red and white wines, chilling is best. The more modern philosophy is to chill white and serve red at room temperature, but that’s actually not optimal. White and rose wines do well at around 55 degrees after being refrigerated for one or two hours, while red wines actually do best at around 60 degrees. The wine bottle should be opened carefully, always pulling the cork out away from your face, especially when serving sparkling wines or champagnes. At our Baldwin Wine and Spirits Store, our well educated staff will share that older red wines should breathe for several hours before serving which gets rid of any built-up unpleasant aromas from inside the bottle. Most other red wines can simply breathe in the glass after being poured.
For the best flavor, wines should be served in a carefully planned order. Lighter wines should be served first, whites are best served before reds because of their finer flavors, and dry wines should come before sweet in order to keep a more balanced palate. It’s fine to deviate from the plan if serving wines with dinner, in order to match the courses. Of course champagne and sparkling wines should be served in champagne flutes and wine should be served in a glass with a wide bowl that tapers to a narrower top. Yes, there are specialty wine glasses for particular varieties but they are not necessary. These specialty glasses actually direct the wine to specific areas of the taste buds but really won’t make much of a difference to a casual wine drinker. At Rockville Centre Wine and Spirits, we know to pour wine slowly and fill the glass only halfway or “to the fat of the glass”. Dripping can be kept to a minimum if a slight twist of the bottle is added at the end of the pour.
When you’re hosting a party you’ll need to plan a menu that your guests will enjoy. If your party includes guests that are true wine lovers then you’ll need to make sure that you not only have a diverse meal selection but also a good selection of wine to choose from. Some people enjoy red wine, while others enjoy white. Therefore it’s a good idea to have bottles of both red and white wine available to your guests. In order to give them the best dining experience, you’ll need to choose wine that they’ll enjoy with their meal. Our Baldwin wine store, Rockville Centre Wine & Spirits, has a very large selection of high quality wine at affordable prices. When you come to our store, we’ll provide you with the personal customer service you deserve. We’ll help you to select the appropriate wine to match the occasion and that fits your budget.
If you need help deciding which wine to get for your special occasion, we can help. Our knowledgeable associates at our Baldwin wine store, Rockville Centre Wine & Spirits will provide you with everything you need to make an informed decision. When selecting your wine, you want to make sure that it pairs well with the food you’re serving. Two types of red wine that would be excellent options for a special occasion are Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. They are both very popular red wines. Cabernet Sauvignon goes very well with red meat. If you’re serving steak or another popular red meat dish then it will be an excellent choice. Merlot also comes from the Bordeaux region of France and is one of the most popular wine varietals. One great benefit of serving Merlot is that it goes well with just about any meal you’re serving. Pinot Noir is a wine that comes from one of the noblest red wine grapes. It’s difficult to grow, rarely blended and is not rough at all. It goes very well with Japanese dishes, salmon and chicken. For your white wine lovers, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio are popular choices. Chardonnay goes very well with fish, salmon or chicken dishes. Pinot Grigio can be paired with just about any dish you serve.
Our Baldwin wine store, Rockville Centre Wine & Spirits is conveniently located in the Greystone area of Rockville, Long Island. We have a very large selection of wine, beer, and liquor. Whether you’re looking for a special bottle of wine, premium beer or a special brand of liquor, you can find it in our store. We can help you with all of your liquor needs. We are dedicated to making your experience with us both fun and educational. We understand that planning a party can be overwhelming and choosing the right wine for your event can be challenging. Our staff will teach you about the different types of wine and help you plan a party you’re hosting by helping you with wine and food pairings. Our knowledgeable associates will make great recommendations to help you. Stop in our store today and take a tour. We look forward to serving you.