Year: 2015 Archives

Wine Storage Cabinets

If you live in an apartment or space is an issue and you want to store and age wines at home, wine storage cabinets are the answer. These fridge-like units that run...

The Heartbreak Grape

Pinot Noir is known as “The Heartbreak Grape”. For winemakers, it’s hard on the soil, young vines don’t produce decent wine, clonal selection is extremely important, it’s rarely consistent in character and...

Rodney Dangerfield Syndrome

Just like the late comic’s trip about never getting any respect, certain wines and grape varieties also suffer from this dilemma. Much of it has to do with the use of oak....

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Vin de Glaciere

Icewine is usually made from grapes naturally frozen on the vine into the dead of winter. The berries freeze up like marbles. When pressed, an unctuous nectar is produced from the frozen,...

Bottle Variation

When a case of wine leaves the producers’ facility for sale, it is hoped that every bottle within is the same. However, this is not often so. Some bottles in the case...

Cork Taint

One of the most common wine defects today is “Cork Taint”, technically known as “TCA” or trichloroanisole. A wine that is “corky” from an infected cork smells musty like a damp, dank...

Wine Defects

Most wine that is “bad” is usually defective in some way. Problems can originate from the winery in its production or cellar management, other times from sources beyond the winemakers control or...

Alcohol in Wine

Alcohol in wine is a given as it’s a bi-product of fermentation. It provides backbone and weight to a wine’s structure. Today’s selections tend to be much more alcoholic than in the...

Cooking Wine

Many folks like to cook with wine as it adds flavour and complexity to a dish making the taste more interesting. A word of advice though! Avoid buying those items in supermarkets...

Palate Training

Becoming a good wine taster takes time. After learning the correct technique, it takes lots of tasting practice to improve. Like learning to play a musical instrument…the only way to get better...

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