Scheffer's Wine Tips
Consult your favorite wine shop or local restaurant. Stay with the
independents. They are the ones who will take the time to get to know
you and your likes and dislikes. Be honest and let them know your wine
knowledge. We love to help create more wine drinkers.
Have a price point in mind. You can find good, drinkable wines in
any price range. Expensive does not always mean better.
Go off the beaten path. Look for gems from South America, Italy,
Australia, and Spain. Wines from these regions are generally great buys.
Use wine to set the mood. What is the occasion? Romance = Champagne;
Comfort, Warmth, Power = Cabernet Sauvignon; Hot Summer Days, Casual
= Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.
5. Be weather conscious. Reds in winter, whites in summer. But
you don't always have to stick to the rules. A nice summer night complete
with poultry and Pinot Noir, for example.
storing wines the rules work. 58-60 degree cellars. Always on their
sides. Always serve wines at proper temperatures. If you have to, it's
ok to put your reds in the refrigerator 15 minutes ahead of time to
give them a nice place to start.
personally collect wines that have a shelf life of 5-15 years. Stick
to names that have stood the test of time: Araujo, Harlan, Turley, Gaja,
Conterno, Trinoro, Penfolds Grange, Grand Cru Bordeaux, and Catena Zapata.
Have fun with other wines that you will pull out within 1-5 years.
have fun. You can't make a mistake and you don't have to spend a lot
of money. Ask, ask, ask - true wine lovers love to educate and are
very helpful. Become friends with your local wine shop owner.
remember my saying: "Regret Nothing in Life In Matters of Love