Most of us usually think about how to pair wine with food, but you can actually just pair wine with your mood or type of occasion. Each person will have their own preference, but there are no exact rules. Your mood or even the weather can decide what wine you’d like to drink. If you’re at a rooftop bar with friends after a long day at work, try choosing a light wine. Maybe you’re just out at a nice dinner with friends; you can bring a bottle of Merlot blend or Cabernet Sauvignon. Also remember to bring something a little less strong for the friends that like to keep it light, like a semi-sweet Viura or a Moscatel white wine. When you’re celebrating a big birthday, bubbles and popping corks are the best! Champagne is perfect for that. It’s date night; you can enjoy a fruity warm red wine while creating a special atmosphere on that romantic night. For all of those that like to drink wine at home alone sometimes, try opening up your favorite bottle of wine. You will get to sit back and relax all evening cuddled up to a romantic comedy.
Day drinkers may love to try a lighter wine that is fresh tasting and lower in alcohol. An Italian Prosecco could be the perfect match for that. If you’re nearing the end of your day, try something heavier and stronger, maybe something full-bodied that has a higher alcohol content and is deep in color; it will bring the night to a nice relaxing end. The weather sometimes gets really hot, so you should try something paler in color that’s chilled so you’ll be refreshed. The weather can change to cold very quickly as well, and all you have to do is have an opulent wine, a strong red fruit flavor, or warming red wine. These are perfect for those cool winter nights. If you decide to have meat for lunch or dinner, red wines with black fruit flavors and aromas are great for pairing. Whatever you choose, just make sure it tastes good to you. Wine is meant to be enjoyed, not tolerated. Have a nice wine night.