In order to enjoy a wine or sparkling wine as unclouded as possible and to exploit its potential to the full, appropriate preparation is essential, depending on the type of wine.
First of all, the question arises in what company, in what mood and in what place? In a restaurant by candlelight, in a beach café with a view of the sea and the twinkling starry sky, with business associates after the conclusion of a contract, in front of a flickering open fire in intimate togetherness, with fish, at a barbecue, at a wine tavern (Buschenschank), after a walk, on the third rainy day in Tuscany or on the 50th wedding anniversary. The ambience plays a role that should not be underestimated. Who has not experienced the deceptive magic of a holiday wine? A wine should be enjoyed at the "right time", ideally when it has reached drinking maturity or, ideally, its peak (see also under the keywords ageing and shelf life). And of course, the wine to be enjoyed should also go with the food or harmonise with it, if it is drunk with food.
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