Special Glasses

The wine glass is the final frontier. Unless you’re sipping straight out of the bottle, it’s what brings this glorious nectar from its container to your experience. Did you know that on...

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Vintage Charts

Looking to buy or invest in wine and wondering how you can get the best quality for your dollar? Enter the “vintage chart”. Created by winemakers and professional tasters, this nifty tool...

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Blended Wines

Blended wines, whether red or white, are those that are made up of more than one grape variety. So what, if any, are the benefits of this style? They’re actually quite nice...

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Heat and Grape Growing

In hotter climates where wine grapes grow, you might wonder how producers combat heat. There are several very common solutions. They can plant vines closer to large bodies of water like oceans...

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Champagne Bottle Sizes

Champagne bottles come in some interesting sizes. The smallest is a “Split” (187 ml. = ¼ of a regular bottle), then a “Half Bottle” (375 ml.). The most common is a Regular...

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Bottle Shock

This phenomenon sometimes referred to as “bottle sickness” is a form of stress and is a temporary state. A wine can come across as disjointed, muted, awkward or even unstructured though it’s...

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Movies & Wine

Certain styles of wine or varietals work better with specific movie genres than others. Of course, if the movie focus is about a particular grape like Pinot Noir in “Sideways”, them match...

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Ullage

That air pocket between the surface of a wine and its closer is called the “ullage” and it’s very important. This little bit of air helps the wine evolve and age if...

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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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