French President Auctioning Approximately 1,200 Bottles of Wine


Ready and willing to bid on a variety of Burgundy and Bordeaux wines in France? If so, today is the day!  Today and tomorrow, the Elysee Palace in Paris is auctioning approximately 1,200 bottles of rare and vintage wines personally chosen by the palace’s head sommelier, Virginie Routis. The wines auctioned are expected to sell […]

What is a “Master of Wine?”

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A true wine expert is one that has the recognition to have the initials “MW” after their name.  MW is an abbreviation for “Master of Wine.”  To become a master of wine, an individual must past written and tasting exams to earn this credential. The Institute of Masters of Wine is an organization based out […]

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 […]

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 have walked in and out without any idea as to what you were really looking for.  The good news is that those who own or are employed at […]

Phylloxera and their Threat to Vineyards Worldwide

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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 was phylloxera.  Phylloxera are known as small insects that are nearly microscopic and pale yellow in color.  They are related to aphids, and feed off of grapevines, destroying both […]

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 […]

Whole Foods Market Releases “One Wine” Line of Wine Blends


The Southern California Whole Foods Market has teamed up with vineyards such as Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Winery and Ampelos Cellars to create the label “One Wine.”  These wine varietals are made from local wineries under a new line which includes white wine blends, reds, and roses.  This partnership allows the companies to provide quality wines […]

Fascinating and Fun Wine Facts


Wine has such an incredible history, and even today is thoroughly enjoyed in countries all over the world!  Here are a few fascinating and fun wine facts that you may or may not have been aware of. * There are approximately 10,000 different varieties of wine grapes around the world.  That’s a lot of different […]

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 […]

Fun, Quirky Gifts for Wine Lovers


Gift-giving for that wine lover in your life can be difficult.  They likely already have a nice collection of wine, beautiful wine glasses, and all the accessories needed.  Sometimes, in order to find the perfect gift, one needs to think outside the box.  If you’re in the market for a quirky, fun gift for the […]