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Limestone

Limestone is present in vineyard soils all over the globe, contributing to the unique characteristics of many great wines. Limestone is a porous sedimentary rock made from calcite and aragonite minerals... (Read on)

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Now that the countries have been introduced for both the Old World and New World, we can delve into the differences in winemaking practices and the style of wines that each... (Read on)
Introduction to Argentinian Wine

While Malbec remains the country’s most recognized grape variety, the country also offers a mixture of reds in the way of Bonarda, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, amongst others.
5 Wine Apps Worth Trying

Wine Quick Picks is a free app available for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app includes lists like, 100 Widely Available Store Wines and Top 25 Widely Available Bargain Wines... The Corkz app has a social media feature that lets you share .....
The Grenache Trio: Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir and Grenache Gris

Predominantly blending grapes, White Grenache, Black Grenache and Grey Grenache grapes produce quality single varietals as well that pair well with...
How Terroir Affects Wine

While terroir itself has no defined flavor, its influence can be tasted through different characteristics of a wine such as alcohol, acidity etc. In warm or hot regions, grapes produce higher levels of sugar and wines are subsequently higher in alcohol.
What Is That on My Wine Label? AOC, DOC, IGT & IGP Explained

Throughout the European Union, there are standards and classifications for certain traditional foods and wines. In France, this system is referred to as Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC in short). In Spain, this system is referred to as Denominación
Are Claret and Bordeaux the Same?

A Bordeaux wine is one that that has been produced in the Bordeaux region of France. Claret continues to be a generic term for Bordeaux red wine. Claret and Clairet sound very similar, they are made from the same Bordeaux grapes, they share the same past
Fortified Wines: The Difference Between Marsala, Port & Sherry

Wines were originally fortified as a way to preserve them, so it would last longer before spoiling. The most well-known fortified wines are Port, Sherry, Marsala, Madeira and Vermouth...
Wine Tasting 101

Slurp, swish and swoosh wine to get the maximum flavor and use descriptors to describe your experience. Keep a tasting journal, observe the wine's color and legs and smell the aroma, nose and bouquet of the wine for a well-rounded tasting experience.
Champagne, Cava & Prosecco, What's the Difference?

Most of us are familiar with the names of Champagne, Cava and Prosecco. But what makes them different? Champagne, Cava and Prosecco are the signature sparkling wines of France, Spain and Italy respectively. They each are made using different methods.
How and Why Oak is Used in Wine Making

Oak is also coveted for its ability to retain liquids inside due to its tight grain yet possesses the ability to allow contents to breathe. The oak barrel can remain water-tight, however, its pores allow for controlled oxidation
Put Down the Sweet Red: How to Drink Fine Wine

while there isn’t anything wrong with drinking a glass of sweet red, sweet reds on their own won’t help you develop your wine palate. For that, you should pick up a bottle of fine wine....
Drying Out: How to Tell When a Wine is 'Over the Hill'

When wines that were produced to be consumed young are aged for too long (exact time period varies depending on the wine, but think 2 - 3 years for whites and a little longer for reds), they begin to dry out. Unfortunately, when you come across a wine...
When to Decant a Wine

Knowing when to decant a wine can be tricky, these tips will help you decide on which wines to decant and why decanting is necessary in some wines.
A Breakdown of the AVAs in California

American viticulture areas (AVAs) are federally recognized and designated wine growing regions that are able to demonstrate distinctive growing conditions that are not present in neighboring regions. California has 5 major AVA regions.
Pop The Cork or Saber? How to open Champagne Safely & Stylishly

Before you start, keep in mind that sparkling wines are under pressure, when you handle the wine keep the cork pointed in a clear direction, away from your face, other people’s faces, windows or fragile objects.
The History of Mulled Wine and How to Make It

Mulled wine has become a staple of our winter traditions along with Champagne. Mulled wine actually dates back to ancient Greece where ... make your own special mulled wine blend with this recipe.
Tips for Holiday Sips

For these joyous occasions, bottles are most often filled with a sparkling wine. If a social statement is to be made, Champagne is usually the preferred pour. As the years progress, however, the alternative libation is Prosecco or Cava, the Italian an...
Christmas Wines to Pair with Everything from Gingerbread to Goose

Some of the wines we pair for Christmas are fortified wines, like Port and Sherry... A savory roast goose with its rich fatty meat pairs well with the deep stone fruit flavors and tannins in an Italian Barolo
10 Wine Bottle Sizes You Didn't Know Existed

Wine bottles come in all kinds of different sizes, like the magnum, double magnum, jeroboam, Nebuchadnezzar and the standard 750 ml bottle we all know from our grocery stores. The more liquid there is inside the bottle, the lesser the effects of oxygen.
Torrontes: Argentina's Only Native Wine Grape Variety

Of all the varietal wines produced in Argentina, Torrontés is remarkable in that it is a truly native Argentine grape variety. The grape is a hybrid of the Mission Grape (Criolla Chica) and Muscat of Alexandria varieties, not to be confused with Spain's
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Cream Sherry is originally from the region of Andalucia Spain where Sherry, locally called, Jerez, is made. Like other styles of sherry, it is first made from the... Read more

The cultivation of wine grapes includes many processes that include the preparation of the chosen land and soil in order to grow grape vines. Steps taken to prepare... Read more

Cold stabilization is a clarification technique which can prevent the formation of crystals in wine bottles; these are also called wine crystals or wine diamonds.... Read more

Limestone is present in vineyard soils all over the globe, contributing to the unique characteristics of many great wines. Limestone is a porous sedimentary rock... Read more

The Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates, locally called Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter e.V. or VDP, is Germany's organization where... Read more
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