Heading to a world-class wine destination like Monterey can be a bit overwhelming if you’re not an avid wine drinker. Sure, you want to take part in the destination’s most celebrated product, but that product also has such a massive world of knowledge behind it. Fear not. In addition to the many wine-tasting tasting tours you can take in Monterey, you can also follow these tips on how to figure out what wine to order.
Before we get into varietals, it’s important to choose a wine that will pair well with the food you’re eating, or the food you like. Be sure to go with a white if you’re having fish, salad, or something lighter like a grilled chicken dish. Go with read for the more hearty and savory meals like a steak dinner.
It’s widely believed that if you’re a latte drinker (or prefer any mixture of cream or milk) than your palate is more likely to be attracted to a new world wine. Some of these include Merlot, Syrah, and Malbec. On the other hand, if you like your java bold and black, then you’re better off seeking out an old world wine like a Bordeaux, or Tempranillo.
For those who don’t like coffee, or the red wine examples we gave above, your dessert preferences also can tell you a lot about what kind of whine to order. For those who are ice cream fans, that attraction to creaminess will play well when you order a Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, or Viognier. If you’re more of a fruit-and-ice person, say you like sorbets, then seek out a high-acid wine like a Pinot Grigio or a Sauvignon Blanc.
When you have toast or crackers, the types of spreads you prefer can tell you a lot about the type of wine you should order. For those who like jellies and fruit spreads, try some fruit-forward wine for yourself like a Shiraz. Those who tend to prefer a hummus or olive tapenade might do better with a savory wine such as a French Syrah.
Red wine definitely does better for an early night of rich flavors and good conversation. White wine, which provides a lighter and bubblier drunk, pairs wonderfully with sunny days and summer parties. Also, if you’ve tried both, you know your preference, which goes a long way in making these decisions. If you haven’t tried that much wine, the best way to learn is getting out there and sipping.