Choose red wine with meats and heavier dishes. Select white wine with chicken, fish and salads. Grab a sweeter wine with dessert. We know the rules, but we’re here to tell you rules were made to be broken.
Let’s face it: the wines you’re drawn to come down to a very personal choice—and that’s more than fine. We’re all programmed to enjoy certain tastes (or not), yet even those change over time. So, what if you’re new to wine tasting? Wouldn’t it be handy to have a beginner’s guide to point you toward your soon-to-be favorites?
Look no further than the fruits you love to nibble. As luck would have it, your sips will follow. Newbies (and pros!) can use this simple list to find the wines they’re most likely to crave.
If You Like …
- Grapefruit, then try light, bright Sauvignon Blanc
- Honeydew, then try sweet, minerally Chenin Blanc
- Lemons, then try light, fresh Sancerre
- Bananas, then try mild, sweet Marsanne
- Peaches, then try juicy, slightly acidic Pinot Grigio
- Granny Smith apples, then try crisp, refreshing Chardonnay
- Strawberries, then try sweet, light Rose
- Blackberries and blueberries, then try ripe, dry Bordeaux or Rhone blends
- Raspberries, then try nuanced, rich Malbec
- Tomatoes, then try versatile, dry Chianti
- Cherries, then try intense, earthy Pinot Noir
- Pears, then try effervescent, slightly sweet Sparkling or Champagne
Where’s big, bold and dry Cabernet Sauvignon? It’s so robust that it’s almost impossible to tag it to a single profile. Instead, think full-bodied dark fruits, black pepper, leather, vanilla and even tobacco. Try it—what have you go to lose?
Get the Most from Wine Tasting
The glass matters, and at Luigi Bormioli, we’ve made it our business to craft beautiful Italian stemware to exacting specifications. For beginners, all you need to know is we’ve done the work for you with stemware that’s the correct size, shape and strength from our SON.hyx and SPARX formulas (right down to the stem). For wine pros, know that many of our glasses are certified amazing by the most advanced and complete sensory assessment in Italy, Centro Studi Assaggiatori (feast your eyes on our high-tech and high-precision Supremo and Vinoteque collections, for example). Bonus: all our glasses are approachably priced and dishwasher safe. Plus our SON.hyx pieces are backed by a 25-year guarantee.
Ready to start sipping? Consider our Wine Profiles collection stemware for gorgeous glasses that take the guesswork out of selecting the right glass for the right wine. Our five pieces of innovative stemware come in packaging that’s color-coded around common aromatic and taste profiles. It’s foolproof and functional.
Or, go the elegant, modern route with our Magnifico collection. Exquisite, large-bowl designs with just-the-right narrowing at the mouth (to enhance and preserve the wine’s aromas) cater to any wine style. It’s goofproof and versatile.
Now that you’re ready to explore new wines, take a moment to download our free printable wine tasting mat. You’ll find expert tips on comparing wines and an aroma tree of wine characteristics—plus plenty of room for your notes. Cheers to you!
At Luigi Bormioli, we take pride in our Italian-crafted, superior quality glassware. Your glasses, created using our proprietary SON.hyx ultra-clear formula, will retain their brilliant and transparent appearance and are backed by our 25-year guarantee that guards against chipping on the rim or foot, as well as discoloration or cloudiness resulting from washing. You will enjoy their beauty, durability and strength for many years to come. We aim to enhance your tabletop lifestyle and entertaining experience with a glass for every occasion. When the moment matters, the glass matters.