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Select, Savor and Serve

There's no wrong answer when selecting your favorite Ohio wine - drink what you like - but here are a few tips to enhance your tasting experience.

Select

Ohio wineries have a huge selection of wine varieties for you to choose from, so start with an old favorite and try it from a different region in the Buckeye State or select your favorite region in Ohio and select a new varietal or blend to try. 

Drink what you like - there's nothing wrong with selecting another bottle of your favorite wine. You know you'll enjoy it and your guests probably will too.

Savor + Sip

See the color and clarity of the wine as you swirl it in the glass to release it's distinct aromas. Smell the wine by bringing the glass to your nose. Sip the wine and hold it in your mouth, then take a quick breath and mix the wine with air. Note any tartness or sweetness. Sweet, sour, bitterness and salt are all perceived through taste.

Serve

Sparkling wines are traditionally chilled to 45°F (7°C) or lower to slow the release of bubbles and encourage the fruit aromas to linger. Rosés, with their lower alcohol levels, taste better chilled. Dessert wines reveal their unique personalities when served at temperatures similar to those of red wines 55° to 65°F (13° to 18°C).

Red wines reveal their richness when served at cooler room temperatures of 55° to 65°F (13° to 18°C). When it’s warm inside or out, you can place the bottle in the refrigerator for a short time, but don’t let the wine get too cool- cold red wines can taste excessively tart.

White and blush wines taste best chilled 45°F to 55°F (7° to 13°C), but not too cold. When wine is too cold, its aromas and flavors are harder to enjoy.