Year: 2016 Archives

Wine Agro-Tourism

When traveling, wine lovers are always interested in visiting wineries and tasting product, but more and more folks are interested in staying at wineries and/or in vineyards. This is known as wine...

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Wine Packaging

Wine, for the most part, is presented in glass bottles. However, packaging has and will become more experimental and avant garde as time goes on. As producers and distributors conform to environmental...

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Wine for the Blues

Not music here, guys, but feeling low! What wine works best when you’ve got the blues or consoling a friend who’s down for whatever reason? Although most movies depict someone in this...

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Presentation of Cork

Did you know that the historical reason the waiter or sommelier in a restaurant gives you the cork when the bottle is opened is to prevent fraud? The presentation of the cork...

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Climate Change and Natural Disasters

It’s no secret that climate change is affecting our weather, changing what grapes can grow in what places. Weather is also more severe. Stronger storms (rain and snow) are damaging vineyards. This...

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Signature White Grape Varieties

Many countries are also known for particular white grape varieties that they excel with. France has numerous in specific regions. Chardonnay shines in Burgundy with very elegant versions sporting lots of finesse....

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Signature Red Grape Varieties

Certain countries are known for particular grape varieties that they excel with. Argentina does a great job with Malbec because of longer hang time on the vines. Due to its terroir, Australian...

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Sagrantino

Sagrantino is a little known, small production, red, grape variety from the Umbria region of central Italy, primarily grown around the village of Motefalco. There are about 50 producers who make a...

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Unoaked Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of those grape varieties that takes oak treatment extremely well and consumers just love the toasty, vanilla, creaminess it adds. In fact, oak is what gives the “vanilla of...

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Mead (Honey Wine)

While reading or studying ancient history or folk literature, you’ll most likely come across an alcoholic beverage called “mead”. Very simply, it is a type of wine made mostly from honey. Fermentation...

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