How are Sparkling Wines Made?

There are two types of wine: base wine—also known as “still wine”—and sparkling wine. Base wine covers the standard process of making wine. It … [Continue Reading]

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Appropriate Questions to Ask when Shopping for Wine

At some point in your life, you may have overcome any intimidation and stepped into a specialty wine shop.  With racks and racks of bottles, you may … [Continue Reading]

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Phylloxera and their Threat to Vineyards Worldwide

Just like regular farmers in the midlands, vineyards have to deal with pests as well.  One pest that devastated vineyards near the end of the 1800’s … [Continue Reading]

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How to Properly Open a Bottle of Champagne

Though it may seem like fun to pop the cork off a champagne bottle and let it fly across the room in a celebratory fashion, it is not always the best … [Continue Reading]

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Barrymore Wines Debuts with Pinot Grigio

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As if Drew Barrymore doesn’t have enough on her plate, she can now add one more venture on her resume.  Recently her Barrymore Wines line became available, offering up a full-bodied Pinot Grigio as the first vino on the market.  This wine runs approximately $20 a bottle and incorporates notes of apricot and citrus for gorgeous flavor. […]

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Blind Tastings: A Twist on Traditional Wine Tastings

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It’s always fun to get together with friends and host a wine tasting party.  However, have you ever considered a blind tasting? Blind wine tastings are a fun twist on the traditional wine tasting gathering.  Instead of having a variety of wines to taste and enjoy, different price points and regions of a specific wine […]

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Planning a Trip to a Local Wine Festival

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Many states have local wine festivals, which are a great way for you to try out “the goods” from various vineyards in the area.  Not everyone is familiar with the local vineyards, and wine festivals are the perfect way to sample the fruits of the region and learn about wineries nearby. Note: before you even […]

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Can Women Actually Lose Weight by Drinking Wine?

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While many dieters ban any sort of alcoholic beverage from their diet and start chugging down the cleansing juices, they may be missing out on the benefits that a glass of wine can actually provide when it comes to losing and maintaining weight.  Research shows that women can actually enjoy a glass of wine a […]

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Why Do I Get a Headache When I Drink Red Wine?

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For some, as much as they enjoy their red wine, they may have a negative experience associated with it: a pounding headache. While some of us can go about our wine-drinking adventures with smooth sailing, others may have a different take on wine.  For those who experience headaches after red wine, they’re not alone.  For […]

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How to Keep a Wine Journal

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Whether you are a tried-and-true wine enthusiast or just a beginner wanting to learn more about the world of great vino, you can benefit from keeping an effective wine journal.  Wine journals are great if you enjoy trying new wines and want to keep in mind ones that you particularly enjoyed.  You may remember trying […]

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Pairing Wines with Chocolate

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and many of us will be enjoying a box of chocolate with our significant others.  We may also be partaking in some wine as well.  But can the two really co-exist?   Yes!  It is very common to pair wine and chocolate together.  However, the idea of pairing the two can […]

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Wine Etiquette: How to Properly Pour a Glass of Wine

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When serving a bottle of wine for a large group, it is important to take into consideration wine etiquette.  There is a certain way for wine to be presented, opened, and poured when you are a wine host or sommelier.  If you want to become a sommelier or are interested in learning how to properly […]

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What qualifications must a bottle of wine have in order to be labeled “reserve?”

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As you’re scouring the racks of wine at the store and trying to decide on the perfect bottle of red for date night, you may notice that several of the more expensive wines are labeled as “reserve” wines. Clearly this affects the price, but what exactly does it mean? When we think of the word […]

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What do you think of plastic wine bottles? Yay or nay?

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These days, environmental issues are becoming more and more important. The idea of global warming is becoming a reality, and companies are looking for more ways to “go green” to help aide in protecting the environment for future generations. While many wine drinkers may not exactly spend each and every day thinking about the environment, […]

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