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How to Read a Wine Label

Reading a wine label can be as easy as reading the alphabet or as difficult as trying to decode a foreign language, it all depends on whose label it is and where it is from. New World labels tend to vere towards the straight-forward. Read more »


How To Taste Wines

Learning how to taste wines is a straightforward adventure that will deepen your appreciation for both wines and winemakers. Look, smell, taste. Read more »


Ordering Wines at a Restaurant

So you are at your favorite restaurant and out comes the intimidating, leather bound wine list, which can often have anywhere from 20-40 different types of wines from various countries with equally varied pricetags. How do you go about ordering wine for your table?  Read more »


Pairing Wines with Foods

Like a good marriage, wine and food were meant for each other. Each enhances and strengthens the experience of the whole. So why is it so daunting to try to pair foods with wines? Rumor has it that there are hefty laundry lists of rules and regulations that require strict adherence in order to obtain the perfect wine and food pairing. Read more »


Riesling Wines

Riesling wines originated in Germany's Rhein and Mosel river valleys, it was here that this white grape gained its tenacious foothold in today's modern white wine market. Read more »


Selecting Wines

The three "P"s of selecting wines are Price, Preference and Pairing. Keep these in mind when visiting your local wine merchant and you will likely come away with a winning wine. Read more »


Tips for Letting Your Wine Breathe

The whole concept of letting wine breathe, or aerate, is simply maximizing your wine's exposure to the surrounding air. By allowing wine to mix and mingle with air, the wine will typically warm up and the wine's aromas will open up, the flavor profile will soften and mellow out a bit and the overall flavor characteristics should improve. Read more »


What to do with Leftover Wines

Whether you have leftover wine from dinner or from a larger get together, the question comes up - what to do with the wine, when finishing it isn't necessarily your best bet? When it comes to leftover wine, you've got several options: keep it, pitch it, or "recycle it." Read more »


Why Vintage Matters

A wine’s vintage, or the year that the grapes were harvested, is a critical clue in determining if a wine will meet your expectations or not. The vintage year is one of the key pieces of information that you’ll find on the wine label. You can have the same producer, the same grapes sourced from the same vineyards, the same winemaker and the only piece of the vinification equation that is changed is the year and ...boom… this year’s wine offers a completely different experience than it did the year before. Why? The vintage variable plays a major role in determining what kind of wine will be bottled. Read more »


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