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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Planning a Trip to Napa Valley Wine Country

If you are wanting the ultimate “wining and dining” experience, it is an absolute must to schedule a trip out to Napa Valley. Napa Valley, also known as “wine country,” welcomes over four million tourists every year. Located in the center area of California, Napa Valley is well-known for its production of wines, its vast […]

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How to Make a Wine Gift Basket

Surprising someone with a wine gift basket is a great way to celebrate a special occasion, or even just to tell someone “thank you.” Though wine gift baskets can be extremely expensive in teh stores, you can make your own at a fraction of the cost, and even enjoy the ability to make your own […]

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Health Benefits of Red Wine: Antioxidants

Many of us have heard of the fact that red wine has numerous health benefits. Moderate consumption of red wine (such as one six ounce glass of red wine a day) has been shown to: * Improve brain functions and reduce the risks of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia * Increase healthy cells throughout the body […]

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Red Wine for Weight Loss?

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Counting calories can get old after a while. Running the treadmill for hours on end just isn’t viable. But drinking a glass of red wine as your new diet drink? Count me in! For years, it has been a well-known fact that red wine may actually be good for your health, but many of us […]

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Wine Etiquette: Bringing Your Own Wine to a Restaurant

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While it is not often a known practice, in some states in the US, you are actually allowed to bring your own wine to a restaurant. Whether you have a special wine you want to enjoy, or have a bottle from a special occasion, many states such as California and New York will allow you […]

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Wine Etiquette: How to Order Wine at a Restaurant

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Ordering a nice wine at a restaurant may seem to be a daunting task. Many newbies to wine are often intimidated with a long wine list and pricey bottles of unfamiliar names. However, you’re not alone when it comes to choosing wine, and ordering a glass or bottle at a fancy restaurant doesn’t have to […]

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What is “Ice Wine?”

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Ever heard of “ice wine” or “Eiswein?” Ice wine is a dessert wine, similar to a Riesling, that started production in Germany back in the 1960’s. This type of wine was actually created by “accident” by a German vineyard owner who left his grapes on the vine for too long, in which they were hit […]

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How Many Calories are in a Glass of White Wine?

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For those of us who are watching our waistlines, we may be paying very close attention to calorie counts as well. We all know that most cocktails can be calorie-laden; however, wines are typically light on the calories but big on flavor. The added benefit? Most of us wouldn’t go chugging a glass of wine, […]

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How to Use Leftover Wine

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Although the idea of leftover wine may seem absurd to some people (how does that happen?!?!), it is often a reality. On evenings when we open a bottle of sauvignon blanc for dinner, drinking every last drop before bedtime is not always possible. When you’ve got a bottle with perfectly good wine ready to drink […]

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What is Vegan Wine?

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While one may automatically think that all wine is vegan due to the fact that they are made from grapes, the truth is, there’s more to it than just the ingredients. During the processing of wine, there are a number of animal-derived ingredients used for the fermentation and filtration parts of the wine-making process. While […]

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