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Luscious

The term luscious is one which may be used to describe a wine in its analysis and tasting of a wine. It is an adjective used to describe a wine which is smooth, rich and one which has a full and juicy... (Read on)

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Cooperative Growers go Organic with Syrah Grapes

The grape Syrah also known as Shiraz originates from the Rhone region in France. Most red wines from the Northern Rhone are made from Syrah, home to fine Hermitage and Côte- Roti appellations, wines reputed for their deep color, flavor and rich tannin s
Why the 2016 Argentine Harvest was One of the Worst in History

The 2016 Argentinian varietal harvest has only recently been completed - more than one month late in certain parts of the country. The harvest was delayed due to heavy rains just before harvest, as well as poor weather all year round, resulting in longer
Discovering Italy's Island Wines

Italy is surrounded by 80 islands. Though most its world-class wine comes from the mainland, there are lesser-known varieties to be found at these often overlooked islands.
Contributions & Inventions that Changed the World of Wine

As early as 1000 BC, the Romans began classifying grape colors and varietals and recording flavor and ripening characteristics of different varietals. They also laid the groundwork for modern viticulture by recording diseases they identified, soil prefer
How to Choose a White Wine

All too often, white wine is considered light and highly drinkable during the warmer months of the year, however this mindset shortchanges the incredible world of white wines and limits your enjoyment in drinking and learning about white wines.
Red, White & Rose - What Gives a Wine its Color?

When it comes to making wine of the corresponding color, it’s not quite as simple as red grapes produce red wine, white grapes produce white wine and so on. In fact, of the three grape varieties used in the production of Champagne, two of the permitted..
Grappa: Once Wild, Now Mild

Grappa has overcome its bad rap as a harsh, near-undrinkable digestif to a light, semi-sweet libation that blends a variety of flavors and notes....In its simplest form, grappa is made by adding water to the pomace, fermenting and distilling the mash in
The Lost World of Old World Wines - Czech Republic

The first vineyards of the Czech Republic go back to the 3rd Century AD with Emperor Marcus Aurelius cultivating the first vineyards long before the Romans in the modern region known as Znojemska or Znojmo. It was in the 9th Century during the Great....
Wine Labels 101: Italian Wine

Italy is comprised of 15 different wine regions. Most of the celebrated and well-known wines are located in the northern regions of Veneto and Piedmont and the more centralized region of Tuscany....DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) - To obtain..
Climate Change and the Future of California's Wine Industry

It has been estimated that by 2100, there will be an 81% decline in "suitable vineyards for premium wine production". While that timeline will reach beyond most of our lives, our children and grandchildren are likely to feel the full brunt of such an eve
How to Choose Wines for Your Cellar

There are 4 main characteristics that can help you determine if a wine can stand the test of cellaring and they are: alcohol content, residual sugar, tannins and acidity and PH... high tannins and alcohol and taste entirely too sweet, but given 5, 10, 20
Patagonia: Argentina's Pinot Noir Paradise

While Pinot Noir grapes are grown in Mendoza, Argentina’s best-known wine region, it is in Patagonia that the variety truly thrives. Situated some 900 miles south of Mendoza, Patagonian grapes experience more wind in their lifetime. ...
2016 Spring Wine Releases & Spring Food Trends

This Sauvignon Blanc pairs with anything from a fresh local goat cheese to some freshly made hummus (light on the garlic) with some pita chips..... You won't pay the Northern Coast prices for a good Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands (at least not yet
Experiencing Mendoza with Adventure Consultants

Recently featured in the blockbuster film Everest, I caught up with Adventure Consultants’ General Manager of 20 years, Suze Kelly, during one of their tours in Mendoza....
How to Organize a Wine Tasting at Home

We are all familiar with Old World and New World wines, so the next thing to do would be to, for example, choose a varietal. Chardonnay from Burgundy is very different from a Chardonnay from California or Australia or New Zealand. If Chardonnay is in you
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 .....
What to Expect On a Vineyard Tour

Even though wine grapes are an agricultural product, on a vineyard tour, you won’t feel as though you need to wear overalls and boots like farming hands. But it's a good idea to wear comfortable walking shoes so you can tour the grounds and countryside.
From Vines to Vino: The Process of Making Wine

At a mid-sized vineyard in Tuscany, south of Florence, a group of vendemmiatori (pickers) gather for the day's production armed with roncolas (grape harvesting knives). Each selects a row and starts the tedious task of cutting the Sangiovese grapes from
The New Generation of Champagne

The region of Champagne has a long-standing tradition on how winemakers conduct their craft. However, despite tradition, or rather in respect of it, it is often necessary for one to reinvent themselves. A new generation of wine drinkers are on their way
8 Must-Read Wine Books of 2016

Benjamin Wallace discovers the sordid truth about an alleged bottle of wine owned by Thomas Jefferson that sold at a Christie’s auction for a record setting amount in 1985.... In this true story, about Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, Tilar J. Mazzeo tel
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The Wine Official Classification of 1855 was ordered by Emperor Napoleon III to showcase the best wines of Bordeaux at the Exposition Universelle de Paris. Wine... Read more

The term luscious is one which may be used to describe a wine in its analysis and tasting of a wine. It is an adjective used to describe a wine which is smooth,... Read more

An aerator is a tool or form of gadgetry used to aerate wine. The purpose of this tool is to initiate the oxidation of wine and its evaporation via the exposure to... Read more

Also referred to as “cooking wine”, culinary wines are made as a cheaper alternative for utilizing wine in recipes and to enhance the flavors when cooking... Read more

Crushing grapes manually either by using feet, hands or with hand crank crushers are used for small vineyards that don’t not have large yields. These methods,... Read more
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