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Whether you’re a novice or a wine connoisseur, Giant Eagle® can help you choose the perfect wines to complement your meals, entertain your guests or celebrate the holidays!
Beyond Red and White
Wines are often termed as New World or Old World, definitions that can be confusing as they may describe both the area where a wine originates and the style of the wine and the winemaking process.
Old World Wines
The “Old World” refers primarily to the European countries where modern winemaking developed, including France, Italy, Spain and Germany. Old World wines:
- Often blend two or more grape varieties, resulting in earthier, subtler wines that are best with food.
- Are typically labeled by region rather than varietal.
- Tend to be less bold, less vibrant in color, more delicate, and more elegant.
- Also tend to have higher acidity and better natural balance.
- Include Chablis, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rioja and Chianti.
New World Wines
The “New World” generally refers to the United States and other wine-producing countries in the Western and Southern hemispheres. New World wines:
- Are characterized as easy drinking and are labeled by predominant grape varietal.
- Are almost always bolder and more luscious than Old World and often burst with fruit aromas
- Have higher alcohol content since the grapes ripen longer and faster in the warmer New World wine regions.
- Include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Merlot.
Popular Wines and Characteristics
- Chardonnay - Medium to full-bodied, rich, more complex
- Pinot Grigio - Light to medium–bodied, crisp and dry
- Sauvignon Blanc - Light, herbal, crisp
- Riesling - Floral, fruity, ranging from dry to very sweet
- Cabernet Sauvignon: - Full-bodied, drier, more complex
- Merlot - Supple, smoother, less tannic
- Zinfandel - Medium to full-bodied, more complex
- Pinot Noir - Fruity, light to medium-bodied
- Shiraz/Syrah - Full-bodied, dense and tannic
- Champagne - A dry sparkling wine from France; under U.S. labeling law, a semi-generic term for sparkling wines
- Sparkling Wines - Range from sweet (Spumante) to semi-sweet (Extra-Dry) to dry (Brut)
How to Store Wine
To ensure that your wine lasts and maintains its flavor, follow these storage tips.
- Keep it cool. Optimal temperature for wine storage is a consistent 55°F.
- Keep it dark. Light causes wine to age prematurely and deteriorates flavor.
- Keep it still. Constant vibration can agitates wine, resulting in deteriorated flavor
- Keep it sideways. Horizontal storage keeps the cork moist, preventing shrinkage and spoilage.
Terms and Conditions
- Wines are available only in Giant Eagle stores in Ohio.
- You must be 21 years or older to purchase alcoholic beverages and must present valid identification.
- Alcoholic beverages purchases are not eligible for fuelperks!® rewards.
- Selection and price are subject to change based on availability.