The Basics of Wine

Maybe you've never been a wine drinker, maybe you don't know what is what when it comes to wine.  We don't claim to be experts, but we have indulged in a few glasses in our time and wanted to share some basic information.  So the next time you have a get together you can bring a bottle of a great red or white wine packed in one of our bottle coolers (or a couple bottles in a double bottle cooler!).

Red WineYou can probably guess that red wines come from colored grapes and berries.  During the fermentation process the skins of the fruit color the wine, as well as transfer tannins.  Red wines are mostly described by their body: light bodied, medium bodied and full bodied. An easy way to remember the difference between them is to remember that light bodied wines tend to be more water like on the pallet, and usually have a lower alcohol content.  Where as a full bodied wine has a stronger flavor and generally the higher alcohol content.  And in the middle you'll find a medium bodied red wine.  Popular red wines include: Beaujolais Nouveau a light bodied wine, Merlot a medium bodied wine, and Cabernet Sauvignon a full bodied wine.

White wines are also made primarily by grapes and fruits, but of a green, gold or yellow color.  White wines are usually light, and typically are perfect for spring and summer.  Flavors of white wines generally include fruits such as floral, pear, lemon, grapefruit, honey and many many more.  White wines are often kept at lower temperatures than red wines, which just adds to their refreshing quality.  Popular white wines include Riesling Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.

An important thing to remember is that red wines and white wines are better served at different temperatures.  Red wines do better at room temperature, something to keep in mind if you are enjoying this type of wine outside.  Sauvignon Blanc's are best served at a temperature of 45 degrees, and Chardonnay's around 50 degrees.  But if you're hosting an outdoor BBQ, or an adult picnic in the park, or even just enjoying the outdoors by yourself, you know that there aren't wine fridges readily available.  A solution?  The PackIt Bottle Cooler, single or double.  Because it stays cool for 10 hours, you don't have to worry about your favorite wine being served too warm, your biggest concern will be if there's enough for everyone!

And if wines aren't your thing, that's ok too!  Our PackIt Bottle Coolers don't discriminate!  You can pack your favorite soda, water, or juice in them too!!

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