If you do not have the money – you shall not dabble yourself in the fine arts of wine tasting. That is actually far from the truth. Most people are intimidated away from the hobby of wine tasting due to the fact that media portray it as an expensive, luxurious and exquisite hobby. The fact is, as long as you love the taste of wine, you could enjoy it as a hobby. And first things first, if you are going to dabble in wine tasting as hobby, you will need to start somewhere. Here’s a suggestion: Bordeaux fine wines.
Nope, Bordeaux is not a brand – it is a region in France. Most wine enthusiasts believe that Bordeaux produces some of the best vintage wines in the world. With over 120,000 hectares of land all over the region producing wine, there is no surprise that in a year, the Bordeaux region alone produces up to 700 million bottles of wine. There are many different types of wines being produced, from your everyday ‘average’ wine to the more expensive and upper class ones that are considered to be premiere or luxurious.
Due to the climate of the region being really suitable to cultivate and grow Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, about 90% out of the 700 million bottles of wine produced a year from that region are red wines. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are able to ripened and thrive gracefully all year round. You would be happy to know that it is not difficult to find red Bordeaux fine wines within your budget as they produce many different types that costs differently – of course, the more expensive ones are the more premium ones.
When it comes to red wine, the best ones are those that are blended beautifully – each grape balancing and countering the other’s flavor. Some of the most common grapes used in red Bordeaux fine wines are the likes of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Carmenere and Malbec. For example, the Cabernet Sauvignon has a harsher flavor, but it could be rounded by the likes of Merlot grapes. Distilleries that master the art of blending grapes harmoniously and beautifully creates the best tasting Bordeaux fine wines.
Besides red grapes, the region of Bordeaux’s climate is also suitable for white grapes to thrive and ripened well. Just like any other wine, a great tasting wine comes from nicely blended mixture of a few different types of white grapes. For example, a blend of the Semillon grapes together with the Sauvignon Blanc makes a fresh wine with citrusy flavor with a nice depth to it.
However, this is just a mere suggestion. It is best that if you want to delve into wine tasting, you should not just enjoy and savor the taste of many different types of wine – but you will also need to learn the process, the blends, the history and knowledge on each different type of wine – from many different regions around the world. But as of now, the Bordeaux fine wines is a good start!