Year: 2012 Archives

The Wine Schmooze

The unabashed Wine Doctor dictionary defines a “wine schmooze” as a gathering where people chitchat, network, meet and greet, nibble, and otherwise socialize, all while sipping on some wine. My 7 golden...

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Preparing Older Wine for Drinking

Preparing older wines for drinking requires a little different treatment than younger wines. These guys need very little breathing time. For argument’s sake, let’s say a wine is older, regardless of the...

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Terroir

The term “terroir” in wine is an interesting concept. You often hear it referred to when talking about a wine’s character. This all- encompassing word generally refers to the climate and geography...

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Grape Families

All grape varieties fall into families or species, sort of like a social class system. The upper class or aristocracy is Vitis vinifera. Most, like Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet, are European, have...

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Red Bordeaux in China

China is a huge market for many major commodities, and perhaps most surprising, red Bordeaux. Traditionally, the Chinese are not big wine drinkers, so why the boom? Reasons include a burgeoning middle...

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Italian IGT Wines

Looking for quality Italian wine that won’t break the bank? Then look no further than IGT wines. This stands for Indicazione Geografica Typica. These are quality table wines with geographical descriptions, not...

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