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Picking out a great bottle of Cabernet sauvignon at the liquor store, or even just a glass of Sauvignon blanc while out for a nice meal, isn’t as hard as some wine connoisseurs might make you think. By Rachel Wright Ah, Valentine’s Day. Whether you spend it out on the town celebrating your liberating singledom, binge-watching with your boo, or giving it a shot with somebody new, we can all agree it’s a day decreed for love and good

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times, candlelit dinners, flowers, chocolates and — our personal favorite — wine. Wine is the sophisticated, intelligent, I’m-anadult-and-I-drink-in-moderation-and-to-taste impression you want to make on a first date. It’s also perfect for a night in. It has a huge role in world history (the oldest winery is said to have been founded in Ancient Armenia, in 4100 B.C.), and as Lisa Hutchcraft, general manager at Modern Spirits says, it’s a natural fit for a romantic night. “Wine is romantic and adventurous,” says Hutchcraft, who is a red wine enthusiast herself. “I like talking to people about trying something from another country, because there are so many options, from boxed wines, which have come a long way, to a $100 bottle; the experience is different every time.” Learning to taste wine is no different from learning to really appreciate music or art in that the pleasure you receive is proportionate

to the effort you make. The more you finetune your sensory abilities, the better you’re able to understand and enjoy the nuances and details that great wines express. A wine beginner might know the basic differences between a red and a white, but it’s also important to learn all the wine types and varietals. With so many varieties and pairings, it can be a little intimidating, so let us walk you through some wine basics. Think of it as a Wine 101, which we hope will arm you with impressive conversation starters, solid pairing suggestions and the confidence to select the perfect bottle for your Feb. 14 festivities and beyond.

The Basic Terminology

A full-bodied wine has a rich, complex flavor that stays with your taste buds. Some people describe these as “heavy” wines. Light-

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February 2017 (Vol. 31, No. 2)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 For over 30 years, Preview has been the best resource for dis...

February 2017 (Vol. 31, No. 2)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 For over 30 years, Preview has been the best resource for dis...