Year: 2012 Archives

The Night Before Christmas

It was the night before Christmas and Santa was busy. Picking wine presents was making him dizzy. Wine bottles, corkscrews and books by the dozens. Decanters, glasses and screwpulls for cousins. Storage...

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Port

With the cooler weather here, a small glass of Port seems enticing. This famous fortified wine from northern Portugal has brandy added to it during fermentation, increasing the alcohol to around 20%....

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Wine and Chocolate

Are you a “chocoholic” and wonder what wine works best with it? Normally, wine and chocolate don’t mix. Chocolate has a real coating effect on the palate, with which most wines can’t...

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Sur Lie

In winemaking, after fermentation is complete, the dead yeast or “lees”, as they are called, fall to the bottom of the container and the wine usually poured off of it. Some winemakers...

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Viscosity

If you enjoy wine, I’m sure you’ve noticed in your glass after swirling that beading forms and eventually drips down the side. These oozing drips are called “legs”. Both beading and legs...

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Order of Tasting

If tasting many wines at one time, there is a specific order you should go in so as not to fatigue your palate. Stylistically, taste white wine to red, dry to sweet,...

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Clinical Evaluation vs. Social Enjoyment

Sampling wine in a clinical setting like a wine tasting and then in a social setting like a dinner or party is quite different. Clinical tasting focuses strictly on the wine without...

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De-alcoholized Wine

Ever hear of de-alcoholized wine? It’s one in which the alcohol has been removed. Two methods exist for achieving this. The first is by reverse osmosis called the Ariel Process. Here wine...

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Wine Competitions

Wine competitions are interesting events taking place worldwide. The purpose of these is to acknowledge wines in specific categories that are exceptional in quality. How they work is after a producer enters...

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French Country Wine

Looking for good value in French wine? Check out “Vins de Pays” or French Country Wine. The majority of these are produced in the south of the country on the Mediterranean in...

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