Dry white wine is typically fresh and crisp — the perfect drink for summer barbeques and fun with friends. These wines don’t just taste fantastic, they have slightly less alcohol and less sugar. That’s great news if you’re watching your diet. If you’re not a massive fan of sweet drinks, dry white wine is probably going to be a hit. But how do you know which wines are dry? Choosing the right wine can be confusing. And there’s nothing worse than buying a bottle that you don’t enjoy. To help you choose the perfect dry white wine for your taste, we’re going to give you a quick rundown of the six most popular dry whites consumed in New Zealand. We’ll talk about: Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, Pinot Gris/Grigio, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Riesling.
Sweet wines deserve a lot more love than they get. People often make the mistake of thinking sweet wine is too sweet, or even that they contain added sugar. In reality, sweet wines are really delicious — they’re fantastic before dinner, to drink with dinner or to even have as a dessert. We’re going to give you a quick rundown of the most popular sweet wines. And, we’ll suggest some foods that match perfectly with each wine. We reckon when you get to know these little beauties you’re bound to agree — these wines are ‘sweet as!’In this article, we’ll be talking about Port, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Moscato, White Port and Sherry. But first, here’s a quick explanation of what makes sweet wine so sweet.What makes Sweet Wines Sweet?S
Red wine is seriously cool. It’s great to share with friends around a campfire, to sip on when you’re all snuggled up on a cold winter’s night, or to take along to a BBQ or pizza night. But how do you know which red wine types to buy? There are just so many different varieties and styles. The red wine section in any supermarket is stacked with them. Don’t worry if you’re confused — you’re not alone.The world of red wine can be tricky — even when you do have a grasp of the basics. And the back of the bottle doesn’t always help. Notes of diesel and old leather? Seriously? Like that’s a good thing?We’re going to keep things simple here. We’re just covering the four top red wine types in New Zealand. Why? Because there are very good reasons why people lov
Rosé wine is such a great ‘go-to’ for casual get-togethers with mates. This wine has become super trendy in recent years — you could even say that pink is the new black. Rosé used to be known as a drink for the ladies, probably thanks to its pretty colour. But these days more and more guys are discovering this fresh, light-bodied wine. In fact, Rosé has become so popular with the chaps that it’s been nicknamed brosé. We’re going to take a look at what makes Rosé such a great choice, whether you’re chilling out with your mates or just enjoying a quiet meal at home. Why is Rosé Wine so Popular?Pronounced: Roh zayRosé wine is popular quite simply because this wine seems to offer something for everyone. You’ll find cheap and cheerful bot
Having a house-warming? Friends just got engaged? That dorky friend finally got into university? All these things call for a celebration — and nothing says party quite like popping the cork of a bottle of sparkling wine. But you don’t need to save your bubbly for New Year’s Eve or life-changing moments. Sparkling wine has become popular as a casual get-together drink to share with friends for any occasion. It goes brilliantly with platters and a range of different foods, and adds a bit of sparkle to a midweek dinner.You don’t have to fork out money on fancy French Champagne either — there’s a heap of delicious and affordable options. You’ll find cheap pink fizz right through to high-end bottles. But that’s what makes shopping so confusing. What
White wine is undoubtedly the perfect accompaniment to summer activities like picnics, family gatherings and fun with friends around the barbeque. However, because everyone’s taste is different, it can be hard to work out which white wine types you are likely to enjoy. What’s more, the ideal wine for a picnic lunch might not be the perfect match for your favourite sweet dessert or the romantic dinner you have planned. Of course, you could just stick with the same brand you always buy, but where’s the fun in that? You might not even have discovered your true favourite yet. When it comes to deciding which white wine types suits you, a great place to start is with a quick overview of the most popular varieties, and what you can expect from each. These four white wine ty
Lots of people love red wine — maybe it’s just because it just looks so cool swirling about in those fancy glasses. But red wine also tastes fantastic. And, although it’s definitely a warming drink to enjoy in the winter in front of a log fire, red wine is also perfectly at home at a summer BBQ or a pizza night with friends. But if you’re new to this drink, things can be a bit confusing. Red wine seems to come with a heap of ‘dos and don’t’ — and some of the stuff on the label is downright unhelpful. The good news? You don’t need to be a wine snob to enjoy a glass of red wine. We’ve put together some basic information to help you understand some of the weird language and customs that go along with this popular drink. That way you’ll fee
Choosing a wine can be tricky. Sometimes it seems easier to just stick with the brand or variety that we know. But it’s actually quite easy to learn how to make the perfect choice for the right occasion – or maybe try something new. We’ve put together a quick wine tasting guide to help you understand the structure of wine and some of the terminology on the back of the bottle.Working out which wines you like and how to choose the perfect wine for any occasion, becomes a whole lot easier when you know a little bit about the structure of wine. The Five Dimensions of Wine TastingThere are five dimensions that contribute to a wine’s structure; Sweetness, acidity, body, tannins and flavour notes. 1. SweetnessThe first thing people notice