What Every Grown Woman Should Know About Wine

Nothing says, “I’m an adult,” like knowing about wine. I’m not taking about being a stuffy wine snob, I mean being a fun classy lady who knows how to order at a restaurant or pick out a bottle to bring to a friend’s house.

I chatted with Tyler Balliet the founder and president of the Second Glass, “the unpretentious badass source for baller wine info.” He helped me figure out 5 things every grown woman should know about wine:

1. Which Wine to Bring to a Dinner Party

This is what I assume all dinner parties look like. The older you get, the more dinner parties you will find yourself invited to and asking the host, “What can I bring?” And they’ll usually say “Nothing! Just yourself!” Which is a lie. They want you to bring wine. So you’ll find yourself lost in the wine section unsure of what pairs well with their mystery dinner. “Look for a Pinot Noir from Chile, Oregon or New Zealand,” Tyler suggests. “It’s light enough to go with fish, but also heavy enough to pair with a steak. It’s basically the Skelton key of wine.” You had me at Skelton key.
Suggestion: Oyster Bay Pinot Noir – $15

2. How to Find The Right Bubbly for Brunch

I recently had a mimosa mishap. I grabbed the least expensive bottle from the fridge section en route to a brunch. It wasn’t until I took my first sip that I realized the champagne I brought was super sweet and when paired with orange juice, it was almost undrinkable. I later noticed the bottle had the words “dolce” on it, which if my 8th grade Spanish knowledge serves me correctly means, “sweet.” To avoid this mimosa mistake, Tyler suggests looking for a bottle that says “brut” on it which means dry, like a Cava, because the dryer the bubbly, the better the mimosa. Also if you can, try to use fresh squeezed orange juice or better yet the juice of an orange (you can really taste the difference). He also recommends trying to keep the mimosa ratio to 80% bubbly to 20% juice.
Suggestion: Freixenet Carta Negro Brut – $12

3. How to Find Drinkable Wines In A Convenience Store

We’ve all been there. You’re running late to a friend’s place and, crap! You forgot to bring the bottle of wine you promised. And the only places on the way are Bodegas and 7-11s. Well don’t worry, here’s how you can find drinkable wine at a convenience store. “For a white, go for a Sauvignon Blanc, it’s almost impossible to get a bad one and for a red go for a Malbec from Argentina. Pretty much every store will have it, I’ve never had a bad one.” Good to know!

Suggestions: The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc – $12
Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec – $15

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636453414 Amanda Lindsey

    I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like a Zin or a Malbec. The cheap ones are still tasty, but the good ones are GOOD.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740605294 Jenny Martínez-Orozco Schmiedl

    Hi, I love your blog but I just wanted to give you a little heads up. I work in the Cava industry and the Cava name from Freixenet that you mentioned is actually a mix of two different names (they’re called Cordón Negro and Carta Nevada). Also, I’d like to point out that Cava is a kind of sparkling wine that is made following the same method as Champagne and that you can find it in different degrees os sweetness. Brut Nature is the driest (no sugar added), then Brut has a tiny bit of sugar, Dry has some more, Medium Dry more and the Sweet one (“dulce” in Spanish) is the sweetest one.
    I hope you find this info useful.
    Regards from Catalonia

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13003006 Gabi Conti

      Good to know! Thank you! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515169141 Ale Topete J

    Dolce is italian but it does mean sweet 😉

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13003006 Gabi Conti

      Ah just googled it, it’s “dulce” kind of close? Explains why I never did well in Spanish class. Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622910331 Diana Martinez

    Good to know. Took notes of it.
    (btw, dolce is indeed sweet but not in Spanish but italian).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1048757581 Lissette Segovia Morales

    anything from Chile is good 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000199002208 Tara Celine

    “Also if you can, try to use fresh squeezed orange juice or better yet the juice of an orange (you can really taste the difference).” Am I an idiot? Because I think that these are the same thing. Help?

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