Wine culture has broadened in the last few years welcoming an array of diverse, inquisitive sommeliers. What used to seem like a daunting task of choosing and pairing wine is now easy and enjoyable. You don’t just have to drink reds with red meat or whites with chicken and fish; anything goes! Not only is drinking wine sparingly good for your health, but drinking and learning about it can be fun, tasty and impressive. Ladies, ease off the fruity drinks and fellas trade in the hard mixers for a glass of vino!

Great wine for beginner taste buds, under $10:
Whites: White wines cover a wide range of colors and taste, from dry and semi-sweet to sweet. Best served chilled, popular whites are: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. Try, Little Penguin Pinot Grigio.

Rosé [Ro-zay]/Blush: These rosy colored wines are actually white wines. They should have a delicate and refreshing taste rather than be too sweet. Try, Beringer White Zinfandel.

Red: Red wines are classified by “body type.” Light-bodied will have fewer tannins (a wine’s pucker power) while medium and full-bodied will have more. Some popular medium-bodied reds are: Merlot, Shiraz and Chianti. These reds tend to be less dry and more sweet. Store red wine at room temperature. Try, Yellow Tail Pinot Noir.

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