Softening Tannin in Red Wine

Many red wines get better with age. One of the main reasons why is aging allows the tannin (dry, puckery sensation on the gums) to soften. However, there’s a very important issue...

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Wine’s Sweetness

The sweetness of a wine is determined by its residual sugar at the time of bottling and is usually experience on the tip of the tongue. The sugar code in wine shops...

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Pinot Grigio/Gris

One of the hottest white wines in the world right now is Pinot Grigio from northern Italy. It’s light, fresh, crisp, fruity, floral, minerally, sometimes spritzy, unoaked, and extremely easy-drinking. A great...

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Prosecco

Prosecco is a sparking wine made in the Veneto region of northeast Italy just north of Venice. Utilizing the Glera grape, it is produced with the Charmat/Tank method (2nd fermentation in a...

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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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