The “Helix”

If you sip wine then you are more than familiar with all the enclosures that are used to finish off a bottle. One of the most interesting is the “Helix”. It combines...

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Classical Wine

You might wonder what exactly a “classical wine” is. Well there’s certainly some ambiguity about this term and its meaning. Some say it’s a wine that has been aged in cask, others...

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You Are What You Drink

Research has shown that what wine you drink says much about who you are. The study focused on men, but I believe the same results apply to women as well. It found...

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Wine/Food Matching Party

Want to have a fun, delicious evening eating and drinking and learn something as well? Try throwing a wine/food matching party. All guests bring one food dish and the host has 5-6...

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The “Punt”

Wonder what that indentation on the bottom of a wine bottle is? It’s the “punt”. Historically, glassblowers pushed the seam of the bottle up so there wasn’t a sharp point at the...

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Bottle Stink

The mere implication of this term brings up rather unpleasant images, but it’s not that bad. Once a wine bottle is filled and closed, it can stay that way for a long...

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Death of the Wine Expert

There was a time when a wine expert was considered a professional and held in great esteem. He or she was knowledgeable and educated about wine and got paid for writing and...

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Madeira

Madeira is a fortified wine (alcohol added) made on the, sub-tropical, Portuguese island of the same name in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Africa. Produced from either (from driest...

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Fortification

The art of fortification has been around a long time. Wines that are fortified have had brandy or pure grape spirits added to them thus increasing the alcohol content. One of the...

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Defective Wine in Restaurants

What to do if you order wine in a restaurant and you think it smells “off” or bad? You could have someone else in your party try it to confirm, but definitely...

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