We’re guessing you know that wine is made from fermented grapes, and that draining an entire bottle of red during Thanksgiving dinner sure does leave a lasting impression on the in-laws.
So for those of you who skipped watching Sideways and believed a sommelier was someone who lived on the Horn of Africa, we’re going to give you the vino basics: Why the hell do people swirl their glasses before tasting wine? Which foods pair best with red, white, or rosé? What the hell is rosé? And is mixing rosé with red and white really that terrible of an idea? (Hint: yes.)
For those answers and more, we sent our deputy editor, Zack Zeigler, to visit the experts at Pasanella and Son Vintners in New York City.