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 requires a single fermentation process which transforms the grape juice into wine. This wine is not carbonated. To do this and create sparkling wine, a second fermentation process is required. The […]

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 way to conserve the bubbly.  This flamboyant way of busting open champagne is wasteful and actually reduces the bubbles and carbonation while greatly affecting […]

Tips on Improving Your Wine-Drinking Experiences


Whether you’re enjoying a tasting at a vineyard or sampling some wines at a fancy restaurant, you want to ensure that you thoroughly enjoy your wine-drinking experience.  Here are just a few tips to help make your tasting experience the best it can be for the ultimate treat! * Make sure you are comfortable. Hopefully […]

Planning a Trip to a Local Wine Festival


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 […]

Wine Etiquette: How to Properly Hold a Wine Glass


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 […]

How to Serve Wine at the Perfect Temperature


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 […]

What Do I Need to Make Homemade Wine?


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 […]

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 […]

Wine Etiquette: How to Order Wine at a Restaurant


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 […]

How to Use Leftover Wine


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 […]