What Guys Should Know About … Wine
How do you taste wine at a restaurant without looking like a jackass? How much do you need to pay? Is wine from a box okay? We’ve got the answers for you.
By Julie Tilsner
Even if you’re not a wine drinker, wine is one of those things — like beer and cheese — that you should know a thing or two about. Now, we’re not suggesting you need to go get a sommelier certification (or look up what sommelier means), but knowing some basic info can pay huge dividends when it comes to looking good while out on a date or while cooking dinner for a date.
#1: Drinking Wine Is Good For You …
The antioxidants in wine help the cardiovascular system, and the flavonoids — they’re organic compounds found in the skin and seeds of grapes — reduce your risk of heart disease. Studies have also shown that red wine may inhibit certain cancers and assist in the treatment for neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
#2: … If You Drink It In Moderation.
What’s moderation? Two glasses per day for men, one glass for women. One glass of wine is defined as 5 ounces. Another benefit: Moderate wine drinkers were also shown to have a 23 percent reduction in risk of mental decline when compared to lame teetotalers.
#3: Wine Has Its Own Lingo.
Thumbing through a wine glossary is as tiresome as thumbing through a … um, regular glossary. So we made it easy for you; use these words when you need to describe what you’re drinking:
Big: Rich taste, high in alcohol
Dry: It’s not sweet at all
Balanced: No one flavor sticks out
Grassy: Tastes kinda like, yep, grass. Common in Sauvignon Blanc.
Hard: A high-acidity level that may lead to a dry mouth and a feeling like your chest has caught fire
Austere: No fruity flavors that you can detect