By Arielle Sachar
The pain of graduation leads many to drown their sorrows in drink. But while beer-chugging contests and sake bombing were considered power moves in college, they begin to lose
their mystique after graduation. Now’s the time to add a little class to your alcoholic endeavors. To help you out, here’s a primer on some more refined tipples to add to your artillery, from good red wine to the finest tequila. Stay classy, graduates, at least until the next reunion.
You don’t have to be that annoying d-bag from Sideways with his Merlotphobia, but knowing a thing or two about vino is a must in the competitive world of dating. Besides, it’s one of the few things that can get you tipsy and still be good for the ticker . Here are the ABCs of wine, from red to white, merlot to chardonnay.
Discovering Types of Wine
Wine classification goes by both the grape (Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, etc…) and by region (Bordeaux, Champagne, Chianti, etc…). Each type has its own unique set of characteristics that may or may not sound appealing to you, but ultimately the trick is try a bunch of wines and figure out what you like.
Many wine stores also have tasting bars, such as Vintage New York where customers can taste the wine before buying it. Go to Citysearch and enter “free wine tastings” to see what each specific city has to offer. Also, check out these sites for more local wine events and help finding a winery .
Red vs. White
Deciding on red or white often depends on what you’re eating . Generally, you should go for white with light, subtle foods like fish or most pastas, and reds with heavier dishes like meat or pasta with a cream or meat sauce. Luckily, most restaurants and bars serve the following staples :