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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What is Cork Taint?

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Cork taint is an issue that can occur with even the finest wines. You may have gotten a bottle of wine and uncorked it only to notice a musty smell. What is this smell and why is it there? Wines such as this, with an unusual “damp” smell, are often called “corky,” or wine that […]

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Is Wine and Other Alcohol Acceptable to Drink on a Gluten-Free Diet?

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It’s the new year, and many of us are looking to transform our lives. Whether it is to eat healthier or exercise more (or a combination of both), we may find ourselves in uncharted territory when it comes to nutrition and exercise. One common diet that many people follow is a gluten-free diet. Gluten can […]

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What Determines the Value of a Bottle of Wine?

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Recently, I ran across an article from the Huffington Post about 12 of the world’s most expensive bottles of wine.  Some of these bottles of wine cost more than a house, several auctioning off and selling for over $300,000.  Many individuals don’t look much further past a bottle of $50 wine.  However, some are spending enough […]

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Wine Etiquette: How to Properly Hold a Wine Glass

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Let’s say you’re at a winery. Or a wine tasting. Or perhaps you’ve splurged to bring a date out for a nice night out on the town at a gorgeous, upscale Italian eatery. You want to impress the others and avoid standing out by doing something wrong. You’re handed a glass of wine. Quick—where do […]

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How to Serve Wine at the Perfect Temperature

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As easy as it would be to pull a bottle of wine from the cupboard, pop it open, pour, and enjoy, serving the best possible wines requires a little more preparation than that. Amazing wines can lose their flavor and allure if served at the wrong temperature, whether it be too warm or even too […]

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Cork Versus Screw: Which Wine Closure is Better?

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There are two main ways to close up a bottle of wine: with a cork or with a screw. Though the corking of wine bottles has been done for centuries, it is not necessarily the best way to close up a bottle of wine. And many people think that screw caps are just for cheap […]

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What Do I Need to Make Homemade Wine?

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If you drink plenty of wine, you may have considered the idea of making your own. Many people enjoy the process and the rewards of wine-making in the comfort of their own home. They enjoy the ability to have some control over the process, as well as some control over the fruits and flavors that […]

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How to Set up a Wine Bar for Home and Entertaining

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When it’s time to invite the group over for a little get-together, having a proper wine bar is a great way to get the party started! Though you could easily just bust open a bottle of wine and let your guests have at it from the kitchen counter, there is a much classier way to […]

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Suggested Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving Dinner

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It’s that time of the year again–the time when the weather begins to cool, fall is in the air, as well as the smell of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes from the kitchen! As November rolls through, so does the preparation for Thanksgiving dinner in homes all across America. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner yourself […]

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Study Shows Women who Drink Red Wine have Higher Levels of Sexual Desire

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A study conducted by the University of Florence in Italy revealed an interesting discovery: that women who consumed red wine (moderately and regularly) were known to have a higher level of sexual desire than those that drank any other form of alcohol–or abstained from alcohol altogether. The study was done with 800 women who ranged […]

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