Tannin in Red Wine

You know that bitter, puckering, drawing sensation one gets on the gums when drinking red wine? That’s tannin from the skins of red grapes used in its production. In many red wines,...

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Assyrtiko

When it comes to Greek wine, perhaps the most noted white grape variety is Assyrtiko. Grown in most Greek wine regions, the grape produces dry, lean, minerally, green-fruited, concentrated white wines that...

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Wine Diamonds

Ever notice crystals that look like shards of glass adhered to the bottom of an extracted wine cork, sitting on the bottom of the bottle or actually in your glass when poured?...

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Cru System

Some wine regions in countries like France have a “cru system”. This concept says that historically one piece of land, property or vineyard is better than another based on its “terroir”, the...

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“Brett”

Ever smell a wine, especially red, that has notes of barnyard, horsey doo doo, mouse, stable or Band-Aid and just seems a bit dirty? What you smell is “Brett” or, more specifically,...

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Wines’ Life Cycle

The jury is still out as to weather wine is a living thing or not. However, it does have a life cycle. Although not all wine is meant for aging or will...

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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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