Recently, Gabbiano Wines of Italy, on behalf of Treasury Wine Estates, was in Texas for a night of style and wine pairings recently at Austin’s uber hipster Estilo boutique in the Second Street District with winemaker Federico Cerelli. We had a blast and learned a few more fashion tips, with a wine twist, from owner Stephanie Coultress and fashionista Erin Mallory. Here are a few of those tips that were shared…

Screen shot 2013-05-02 at 2.09.30 PMJust as fashion is about fit, feel and style, enjoying wine is about more than your taste buds. The reason you see people swirling wine and sniffing is because of how many interesting aromas can be found in wine. By swirling your glass before you sniff and sip, you release the wine’s aromas and flavors, resulting in a more complete and intense taste experience.

Pair Like a Pro. There is no need to stick to the old rules about pairings – red wines can go with more than just steak. In fact, they can go with just about any dish you can dream up in your kitchen – as long as the salt, acid and fat are in balance. Adjusting salt and acid while you prepare a dish and taste the wine can allow for any number of creative pairings. And in the case of wines from around the world, it often helps to think about where a wine comes from when pairing food to your selection (such as charcuterie or pasta with Chianti). That same applies when thinking about pairing wines with cheeses – staying within countries of origin can be a helpful way to choose.

Screen shot 2013-05-23 at 4.38.14 PMLook Beyond the Price Tag. You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy a good bottle of wine while out on the town. Often times, the affordable bottles of wine on a restaurant’s wine list are among the best buys, so don’t be afraid to ask the sommelier or your server for their recommendations.

Serve Smart. Almost all red wines are better with a bit of air, so it’s recommended that you open any bottle of red about an hour before serving. In the case of white wines, you want to make sure they are properly chilled to maintain their refreshing qualities, but not overly chilled such that you can’t get as much aroma and flavor (which can happen if your wine is too cold).

Look the Part. Owning a set of decent wine glasses is a surefire way to get the most out of the wine you are serving in terms of complexities and flavors. It doesn’t hurt when trying to impress a date either.

So, when you think Italian fashion, think of pairing it with Gabbiano wines, for a change.

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