Real talk y'all: I don't know ANYTHING about wine, particularly red wine. I feel like basic knowledge of wine is a benchmark of adulthood, so I recently started my education. I already love sweet wines like Moscato (Barefoot Moscato is my current favorite), but whenever you interact with REAL wine experts, they scoff if you say you like white wine. Apparently, white wine is for pansies!
Cheryl exposed me to Becker's wine, which is made in Fredericksburg, Texas. She likes their Cabernet Sauvignon, which I was actually able to enjoy. It wasn't sweet, but it also didn't have the strong oak or tannic taste which usually turns me off from red wines. It also paired quite nicely with a steak. I felt so fancy!
On Friday, Jared and I went to Spec's (a GIANT alcohol and specialty food store, if you haven't heard of it before) and asked one of their wine experts to recommend another bottle. We also got an aerator, which Cheryl swears by to make cheaper wines taste more expensive. Our expert also confirmed this because aerating the red wine makes it less oakey/tannic.
The wine we got at Spec's was a little more intense, but the aerator definitely helped. So here's what I have learned about red wine so far:
1. I don't like the oak/tannic notes. GROSS!
2. Buying an aerator definitely helps.
3. Keep it at room temperature for the best taste, which is the opposite of white wine.