Petit Chateau

If you like red Bordeaux, but can’t afford the big named versions that are classified growths (Grand Cru), here’s what to do. Look for “Petit Chateau”. Literally translated as “small houses”, these...

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Wining Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving. Serving turkey tonight? Here are some wine suggestions. Turkey’s pretty versatile when it comes to wine matches. As the dark meat possesses a little more flavour than the white, unstuffed,...

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Wine Appreciation and Humidity

Humidity not only affects the functioning of the taster, but the wine as well and can be problematic. When it comes to the taster, if the environment is too dry, the olfactory...

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Aroma and Bouquet

When it comes to the “nose” of a wine, there are really two aspects: aroma and bouquet. The “aroma” is the smell of the grapes themselves, sometimes called the “fruit”. Every variety...

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Vin Doux Naturel

Vin Doux Naturel or, VDN for short, is a specialty wine and translates to “natural wine” in English. However, contrary to the English translation, this wine could be considered unnaturally sweet. Normally...

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2nd Bottle Glass Dilemma

When dining out, if you order a second bottle of the same wine, should new glasses be provided? Some folks don’t care, but, personally, I prefer new glasses. Although hopefully the second...

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World’s Biggest Wine Producers

Who are the largest wine producers in the world? According to Euromonitor, here are the top ten. Numbers 1-3 are American. E & J Gallo is number one. Constellation Brands and The...

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Wine Slushies

Although summer is winding down, there are still plenty of warm days where you can enjoy a “wine slushie”. Simply put, it’s a boozy concoction made with either fresh or frozen fruit,...

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Organic Wines

Organic wines, which are very popular today, are those made without the use of artificial fungicides, pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides. Organic production tends to focus more on viticulture (grape growing) rather than...

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Chilling Reds

The general rule of thumb is that red wine should be served at room temperature. However, there are some exceptions. When dining al fresco in the summer a red wine can get...

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