SIP BACK AND RELAX: THE BEST WINES TO DRINK AT HOME

by Minoli Almeida September 01, 2021

SIP BACK AND RELAX: THE BEST WINES TO DRINK AT HOME

Although enjoying wine often happens in a social setting (and we love that!), last year proved it doesn't always have to be so. For most of us, the restrictions on social gatherings unearthed the joy of enjoying wine in the comfort of our own homes! 

Alone, with your partner or with close friends, sampling wine at home can actually be a great way to explore new wine varieties and broaden your knowledge of wines. 

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Chase Sinzer and Joey Letchinger of Wine Larder, NYC, say, "The best part of [drinking] solo is that you don't have to compromise with anyone on which wine to pick, and you can [try] new regions, styles, or producers." 

We sure agree, and in that spirit, we've compiled a list of the best wines to drink at home - alone or with others!

Pinot Grigio (Italy)

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If you're looking for a bottle to kick back and relax with on your patio, then look no further than an easy and zesty Pinot Grigio. An enduring crowd favourite for decades, Pinot Grigio is a dry white wine with a punchy acidity with hints of lemon, lime, green apple and honeysuckle.

Often compared to a refreshing glass of cold lemonade, a bottle of Pinot Grigio is ideal for a hot and humid summer's day. It's perfect for when you crave an alternative from the usual Sauvignon Blanc but still want something light and fruity.

Chardonnay

Even for newbies to the world of wine, Chardonnay needs no introduction. A classic, full-bodied white wine, Chardonnay is just about the top-selling white wine varietal in many countries. And for a good reason! The wine carries an impressive and versatile flavour profile, which makes it adaptable for almost any occasion.

Chardonnay could be either oaked or unoaked, depending on your flavour preference and what the occasion calls for. The crucial difference is that oaked Chardonnay is aged in an oak barrel, imparting vanilla, caramel, and butter flavours. In contrast, an unoaked bottle is usually aged in stainless steel tanks, retaining more of the natural grape favour.

An oaked Chardonnay would pair beautifully with buttery and creamy dishes. So it's perfect for those decadent and creamy pasta dishes. On the other hand, an unoaked Chardonnay is a lighter wine with fresher floral notes displaying more of the natural grape variety because it doesn't rely on oak for flavour.

Either way, keep Chardonnay in stock for a night at home - and, if you have guests over, it'll be a guaranteed hit with them as well!

Pinot Noir 

The classic light-bodied red wine Pinot Noir is related to Chardonnay (quite literally - the grapes always seem to grow together). Ranking among some of the oldest grapes globally, Pinot Noir is a fruitier and lighter red wine.

Lighter than other grape varieties, this wine is not too heavy or high in alcohol content, which means it pairs well with most food! The fruitier variants of Pinot Noir are a great accompaniment to a hearty weeknight dinner. 

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However, some variants of the wine are known to be more tannic - which means a higher concentration of grapes, often leaving a drier sensation in your mouth. Pinot Noir with higher tannins pairs wonderfully with duck!

This delightful wine is perfect for weekday nights when you crave a hearty meal and a glass of wine to wind down after a long day.

Rosé

Ah rosé, of recent Instagram fame! Although it's blown up in social media popularity, most people actually don't know the origins and viticulture of this picture-perfect wine. 

Fun fact: Rosé is produced similarly to other red wines; however, it has less fermenting time with the grape skins. This process gives rosé its signature blush-pink hue. Its flavour profile is usually brighter and fruitier than red wine, displaying strawberry, citrus, and melon notes. 

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Of course, the flavour may vary depending on the grapes used, which means some variants of rosé can be drier than sweet. But all of them are nevertheless delicious and light! If you're searching for a dry rosé, look for one from Provence, the most famous rosé producing region in the world.

On days you'd like to unwind at home, treat yourself with a perfect pairing of decadent chocolate, pomegranate, raspberries, and a cold glass of Rosé. This wine makes you feel like you're in the lap of luxury while still in your own home. Perhaps you'd feel like snapping a few pictures for the 'gram!

Cabernet Sauvignon

Unlike some of the lighter and fruitier choices we've recommended, Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold and rich red wine! It's known for its deep ruby hue, full body, and high alcoholic content - usually over 13.5%, sometimes even 14.5% or 15%.

This wine is always a great hit at the end of a week when you're craving a savoury meat dish. It's the perfect companion to grilled meat and peppery sauces. It could definitely be your go-to wine for a romantic in-house date night!

Cabernet Sauvignon is also known for its higher tannin content, which gives it longer shelf life. 

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Fortunately, the price range for a Cabernet Sauvignon isn't as high-end as people seem to think. At Brown Bag Wines, we believe that even inexpensive bottles can still pour out a classy glass of wine! There are also more ritzy options for wine connoisseurs with mature palates. This means that just about anyone can stock up on this delicious variety of wine!

We hope that our list of home-friendly wines convince you that you don't need to always go out to enjoy wine! If you've decided to order a few bottles to savour at home (as you deserve to!), then organic wines should be your new best friend. They are healthier, with fewer preservatives and added sugars. And hey, as a bonus, you're less likely to get a hangover with organic wine!

Happy exploring and Salut!








Minoli Almeida
Minoli Almeida

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Minoli is the founder of The Mini Project and is a Digital Content Strategist with over 20 years of marketing, branding and digital content experience. The Mini Project has a mighty mission to drive business results for its clients while telling authentic, beautifully crafted stories!



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