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Red wine

It's not just for snooty people, goes hand-in-hand with food and not as expensive as you think it is.

Red wine is not supposed to be comsumed at room temperature. There're a lot of idiots who crack a bottle off the shelf and slug that warm shit and say, “Hey! This is fucking delicious!” and so on. The ideal temperature for red wine is 16-18 degrees centigrade, which is just below room temperature. In practice it’s hard to get it there, so we recommend sticking your bottle in the fridge for 15 or 20 minutes before drinking and it’ll be perfect. The slight chill gives the wine just a little edge, which makes it a lot more enjoyable to drink.

I'll expand upon this temperature rule a bit, red wine has actually always been drank at room temperature, but going back in history to ancient Europe, room temperature back then was much colder than in the average home in modern society. This is why you should chill it in the fridge for a bit before serving. And as I said above, just for a bit, like 15 - 20 minutes, as opposed to 1-2 hours for a white wine.

Let the wine breath before drinking it, this will improve the taste with as little as 15-20 minutes of air time.  Simply uncorking it isn't enough, you have to either pour it into a decanter first, or pour it straight into your wine glass and let it sit for a little bit. Decanting a red wine can make a $12 bottle of wine taste like a $50 bottle.

When it comes to food, the red wine with red meat and white with chicken/fish rule is a myth made up by pompous assholes that call themselves "foodies".  Drink what tastes good to you while eating food that tastes good to you.

Lastly, you don't need to pay a lot for a good bottle of red wine and it doesn't matter if it has real cork or not. California and Australia are safe bets for this price range, Chilean, Argentian and South African wines are a hit or miss and French and Italian wines are too confusing.