Wine and drink course has been part of a main course for a very long time, though not necessarily paired with the food the way it is today. Wine and other drinks are alcoholic beverages. While wines are made by fermenting different varieties of grapes, other drinks such as whiskey, bourbon, scotch, gin, vodka, rum, etc., are made by a distilling process. The accompanying ingredients used in the process of making wines and other drinks, determine their flavor and grade. Even the regional availability and local tastes determine the quality and taste of wine & drink.
Wine and drinks were initially a staple requirement. There were no sophisticated wineries or distilleries to make these beverages. They were made from the local water supply but in slightly sanitized conditions. Early records show that wine was made by the Egyptians and the Mesopotamians and then the first recorded source of wine production was seen around 6000-5000 BC in Iran. Champagne is known to be the first wine that was bottled by the monks. Similarly, early signs of beer jugs dated back to the Neolithic period, as early as 10,000 BC.
Wine and drink course is an integral part of most of the cuisines. In fact, there are many foods/snacks that are made to pair with wine and drink. They can be broadly categorized as –
These drinks are either drunk neat or in combination with a non-alcoholic drink. Wine & Drink Selection and Serving Principles -
Wine and drink and stemware go hand in hand. Stemware meant for wine and drink comes in different sizes, shapes and designs and each one is meant for a particular type of wine and a particular occasion. There are certain factors that would help in understanding how to match stemware, and wine and other drinks.
Though lead crystal glasses are best for serving wine and drink (as lead enhances the flavor) they are not practical. Hence, glass stemware is preferred as it is more long lasting and does not break easily.