JT's Grill: Sip, Savor, and Discover: A Beginner's Guide to Wine

At JT's Grill, we have plenty of cold beer, amazing Bloody Marys and whatever cocktail you may be craving. If you're interested in, but new to the world of wine, fear not! We're here to guide you through the basics and help you feel confident in choosing the perfect wine to complement your meal. At JT's Grill, we feature some nice selections for the novice wine drinker, but we also allow you to bring your favorites in for a corking fee, so you get the best of both worlds. 

Wine Types and Varieties

The first step in your wine journey is understanding the different types and varieties available. Here are some common types of wine:

  • Red Wine: Often characterized by their rich, bold flavors, these wines pair exceptionally well with hearty dishes like steaks and burgers. 
    • Popular options include:
      •  Merlot
      • Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Pinot Noir

  • White Wine: Known for their refreshing and crisp profiles, white wines make for fantastic companions to lighter fare, like seafood or poultry. 
    • Popular options include:
      • Chardonnay
      • Sauvignon Blanc
      • Riesling 

Rosé wine strikes a delightful balance between red and white wines. It's perfect for those who enjoy a touch of sweetness and a hint of acidity. Try it with salads, chicken dishes, or simply on its own.

If you're trying a new wine, starting with a glass is an excellent idea. It allows you to savor the flavor without committing to a full bottle. Keep an eye out for wine tastings, special promotions with wine flights, or visit a local vineyard or two. These are all great ways to learn what you like, as everyone's palate is different. If you find a wine you love, you can purchase or order a bottle to share with friends or family.

As you venture into the world of wine, remember the most important thing is to enjoy the experience. Don't get caught up in "rules" or worry about wine snobs! Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply enjoying a casual dinner, wine can enhance your meal and create lasting memories. You will also find that your tastes grow or change over time, and you will move on to other wines. 

With a basic understanding of wine types and pairings, along with our assistance, you're sure to have an enjoyable and enriching experience. Join us at JT's Grill during happy hour from 4 PM -6 PM Monday-Friday to experience a glass of vino and half price apps. Cheers to good food, great wine, and unforgettable moments!