Whilst the type of grape largely determines the flavour, colour, sugar, acidity and the levels of tannin in wine there are three other factors that need to be considered. The magical trio of air, glass and temperature are key to giving you the perfect balance of flavours.
Tackling air first, decanting is centuries old with the idea being to pour off the top layer of liquid leaving behind any sediment or residue. Back in the Roman times they would let the decanted wine sit for hours, believing it brought out a wine’s aromas and mellowed harsh tannins. Luckily for us in 2018 the Vinturi wine aerator has been invented, which allows users to uncork and enjoy instantly. The trick is the scientific principle the Vinturi is named after. The Venturi effect is when a liquid speeds up as it flows from a wide area to a narrow area. In the Vinturi wine aerator as the wine speeds up in the narrow section, it draws in air like a vacuum from tiny holes. As the wine passes through the plug between the wide section and narrow section, it makes a distinct sound- the sound is actually the vortex of the wine and air mixing- you actually hear the air being pulled in through the side air holes. This sound is unique to only Vinturi wine aerators. Find out more here http://vinturi.com/find-retailer.html
Our mouth is a veritable playground of different tastes. The tip seeks out the sweet whilst the back of the mouth hunts for acid leaving the middle area to enjoy the bitter sensations. So, to test the taste of a particular wine well, the wine would have to hit that specific area in the mouth. This is where the right wine glass comes in - allowing the wine to hit the right palate areas.
Also, the degree in which wine is exposed to air has an influence on the wine. The shape of a wine glass also establishes to which extent. Wine glasses for red wine are often larger than glasses for white. Red wines are generally more aromatic than white wines. In a wine glass with a wide opening, the aromas will come fully into play and can make them smell better. For white wine it is particularly important that it stays cool a little longer to let the flavour come into its own. A narrow glass ensures that the wine remains cooler for a longer period and therefore is more suitable for white wine. One company who is tackling this issue head-on is Rediel.
Claus Riedel was the first person in the long history of the glass to design its shape according to the character of the wine. Riedel is the first company in to recognise that the taste of a beverage is affected by the shape of the vessel from which it is consumed, and has been recognised for its revolutionary designs which complement primarily alcoholic beverages. Read more here https://www.riedel.com/en/products
So, lastly and arguably most importantly we come to temperature. Temperature has an incredible impact on how wine tastes, serving your favourite wine at the right temperature, probably for the first time, will transform your experience. This is where Kelvin comes in.
Making the best wine thermometer in the world did not just happen by accident. Like most great products an insight often follows having been exposed to a problem.
The creator of Kelvin; Steve Parker, once lived above a Majestic wine shop and as you might expect became a rather (happy) regular customer. Benefiting from the managers recommendations, Steve would try lots of different wines but was rather disappointed with a particular Chardonnay after the manager had strongly suggested Steve try it.
The managers response was instant; "What temperature did you serve it at?".
Steve was surprised by this question and automatically answered “from the fridge of course, I left it overnight and drank it when it was really cold..”. It was at this point Steve received his first and most important lesson regarding enjoying wine and how temperature it can drastically affect the taste of any wine.
The manager explained that as a full white wine Chardonnay should ideally be served at around 10-12 degrees and not at around 5-6, which the fridge would cool it to. The aroma, body and flavour would all be affected and suppressed in this situation ('imagine eating frozen pizza' were his exact words).
Steve realised that most wine drinkers have two distinct temperature zones in their houses; room temperature and fridge temperature.
How could the average wine consumer chill their wine for the correct length of time to achieve the correct temperature? And more importantly how would they know what the optimum temperature should be for the wine they were drinking?
In that moment the Kelvin Wine Thermometer range was born. At that point it was simply an idea, an idea that we could create a range of products that would bring benefit to other peoples lives by helping them experience their wine at the correct temperature (probably for the first time), just as the wine maker had intended.
When speaking to people, just average wine drinkers like you and I, it quickly became clear that most people stuck to the notion of ‘white wine from the fridge and red wine served at room temperature’. Although as a rule of thumb this was a reasonable assumption, it fell well short of delivering the best drinking experience for most wine drinkers. You can purchase the Kelvin Smart Thermometer here https://mykelvin.co.uk/products/k2
So, next time you are choosing a bottle of wine remember the triangle – air, glass, temperature and you’ll completely transform your drinking experience.