Year: 2011 Archives

Riesling – The Versatile Alternative

What’s the most versatile white grape variety in the world? That would be Riesling, of course. With its crisp, aromatic, peachy, floral, citrus character, it never sees oak so what you get...

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Bottle Variation

It’s the hope of every winemaker that all bottles in a case of the same wine taste equally good. However, this is often not so. Some bottles may be excellent, some good,...

Care for Your Glassware

Like wine, the care and storing of your glassware is extremely important. A dirty, smelly, hot or cold glass can ruin the best of wines. Try not to use detergent when cleaning...

The Hangover

Where there’s wine, there’s hangovers. I’m sure most of us have experienced this – the furry sandpaper tongue, endless drum solo in the head, queazy stomach, slitted light-sensitive eyes, and foggy thoughts....

Warm Weather Sipping

The BBQ is all fired up and I can smell those burgers sizzling? The key to warm weather sipping is simplicity. No need for complex, delicate or aged wines here! What you...

Tipping in Restaurants

Aside from ordering wine in restaurants, tipping creates the most tension for diners. In America, eateries consider a tip discretionary, while in Europe, it’s automatically added to the bill. Although wait staff...

Single Vineyard Wines

Single vineyard wines are very special. This means the fruit comes from one particular plot of land, so no blending together of fruit from several properties exists. As a result, they possess...

Barrel or Tank Samples

Ever hear of barrel or tank samples of wine? These are wines that are still in their respective fermentation and/or aging containers. In other words, they are unfinished wines where certain processes...

Art in Label Design

Aside from what’s in the bottle, the label is a window to a wine’s content. Of course labeling laws dictate exactly what information has to be displayed on a wine bottle. Beyond...

Music & Wine

Some recent research suggests that music can alter wines’ taste as to how aggressive or soft it comes across depending on the type of music played while sipping it. I’m not sure...

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