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A Trick For Choosing Wine

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at 2015.09.02
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Wine stores could be overwhelming. So many bottles, so many pretty labelsbut what do they really flavor like? We talked to Michele Pravda, owner of Brooklyn wine store Smith & Vine, who instructed us this fun way to select wine…

Should you enjoy BUTTERED TOAST, attempt a California Chardonnay. Chardonnay has buttery undertones, Michele describes, particularly when its aged in American oak, which gives a rich flavor to it.

Should you like TROPICAL FRUITS, go for a Viognier. It’s tropical words, particularly mango, she says. Tropical fruits are large, powerful and extreme, and is Viognier.

Should you enjoy APPLES AND PEARS, youll love Pinot Grigios crunchy, fresh flavor.

If youre a lover of CITRUS, you would like a wine with more acidity. Gruner Veltliner is an excellent stake, and Michele advocates a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: Its got a certain fruity flavor to it, but with more acidity.

In case you enjoy the ODOR OF NEWLY-CUT GRASS, attempt a white Bourdeaux, which has a grassy, herbaceous flavor profile.

Should you consistently pick out the RED CANDIES, youd like a wine with notes of sweet red fruits. Try a Rioja, which tastes like sour cherries.

Should you enjoy DARK CHOCOLATE, attempt Malbec. Michele advocates selecting one for notes of rich, dark chocolate from Chile or Argentina.

In the event you cant get enough BACON, select a smoky Pinot Noir from Oregon. (In wine vernacular, smoky bacon is a prized flavor for pinot noir.)

Should you enjoy HOT THINGS, go for a Syrah. Micheles favorites are from Northern Rhone, which have an especially daring, hot flavor profile.

If youre a STEAK lover, youll adore Bandol from Provence. It’s nearly a bloody, gamey meat flavor, says Michele. Plus: Bandol also match well with steak!

And the very best trick of all? Only drink. Routine ingestion is the one most significant feature of the wine lover that is assured, says New York Times food critic Eric Asimov.

Which would you pick? What do you usually drink? Thank you, Michele!

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(Illustrations by Caitlin McGauley for Cup of Jo. Interview by Caroline Donofrio)

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