Beer isn’t considered the classiest drink, but I have to admit after a round of golf on a warm day, it is hard to beat. You can’t go frat party crazy when doing business golf or at an event, but many times, I’ll have a beer in place of a cocktail. It’s a great way to hydrate a little and pace yourself for the evening. I’ll usually switch to wine for dinner, but instead of a martini or a Manhattan, a beer is an acceptable approach.
Beer has been brewed for thousands of years, back to the Beowulf days of mead. This beverage has lots of variations and modifications, only limited by brewmaster creativity, but I am going to hit just the top types of beer you’ll run into (and want to taste).
The most basic wine knowledge involves an understanding of a very limited set of what are called Noble Grapes or International Varietals.
These are the grapes that make the dominant proportion of fine wines around the world. This is partially because these grapes are hardy enough to grow in most wine climates and they happen to make some pretty excellent juice. Now, this set of 7 grapes is just scratching the surface of grapes used to make great wine. We could easily add another dozen popular grapes. Even at 20 grapes, realize that Italy alone has over 1000 indigenous grapes that are used to make wine, so it depends how far you want to extend your knowledge. For now, it’s going to be 7 grapes.
One of the more uncomfortable situations is when you are at
a dinner and the host hands you the wine list and asks you to pick. This usually happens when you are the guest
of honor, and even more complex, when in a foreign country. This is fraught with risk. It’s very easy to embarrass yourself or your
host with an inappropriate selection. The
biggest risk is around getting a bottle at an acceptable price.
It’s a question as old as screw caps (corks have been around a while). And the simple answer is – it depends. Let’s dig into the differences because despite some technical issues, so wines are just better in one or the other. Ultimately, it’s a winemaker choice.