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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Wine/Food Matching Rules

Wine and food are a marriage made in heaven. Some simple rules can help make the job easier. Match the character of wine with the character of the dish. A fuller wine...

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Component Sensitivity

Everyone’s sensitivity or threshold to the main components in wine (sweet, sour, bitter and salt) differs drastically and can affect your enjoyment. Some folks find a particular red wine too hard and...

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Wine Marketing

Whether a producer has a big budget to market his/her wine or a small one, it’s an important issue. Sure fancy, funny or unusual images on labels and interesting, oddball wine names...

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