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Oxygen is a key element to the wine-making process. While it is key to the fermentation process, in excess, it can be an element of spoilage and lead to the pre-maturation of wine. As oxygen (O2) is the... (Read on)

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How Sparkling Wine and Champagne are Made

What makes Champagne "Champagne" and how is it different from sparkling wine? Not all sparkling wine is Champagne, but all Champagne is sparkling wine because.....
In Defense of the Wine Cork

Cork is a traditional, eco-friendly material used to seal wine bottles. However, its reputation of leakage and tainting has lead to industry professionals preferring synthetic alternatives. Find out why we're in defense of the old wine cork!
An Exceptional Vineyard in the South of France

In the South of France lies the Abbey de Lerin, famous for its assortment of traditional wines. Producing red & white wines, these monks on St. Honorat have won prestigious awards for their creations.
The Basics of Storing (and Serving!) Wine

Wine temperatures during storage determine how a wine will taste. Find out which glasses are right for each particular wine!
How Do All Those Aromas and Flavors Get Into Wine?

Different wines can carry variations of similar aromas; fermentation processes, geographical vineyard properties and aging methods can influence these aromas. Learn about why your wine may taste earthy, fruity or tarty.
The Wine Fraud of Rose de Provence

Millions of consumers are being fooled by false rosé wine with the Provence label; some wines have been adulterated (addition of cheaper products) while others have completely fraudulent labelling, intentionally manufactured to mislead consumers.
Wine Tasting - Nose, Aroma or Bouquet?

Scents and smells attributed to wine are described by using various terms, the main three being nose, aromas and bouquet. Learn the basics here.
A Review of Wine Presses

Wine presses have evolved over the centuries and the process has provided winemakers with the mechanics possible to create great wine. Follow their history here.
Wine & the Ancient Roman Empire

Historical and religious writings reveal that wine existed as far back as Egyptian times, but instead it is the Ancient Romans that we have to thank for much of the wine that we enjoy today.
Best Italian Wine?  Ask the Sommeliers

With thousands of reds, whites and rosés to choose from, selecting Italian wine can be a daunting challenge. We reached out to prominent sommeliers and wine directors to pick the most laudable labels, and they responded with reliable recommendations.
Wine Museums & Theme Parks You Will Want to Visit

Where do wine thrill seekers or those seeking more wine knowledge go for a good time? They go to wine amusement parks and wine museums, of course. Wine museums not only educate us, they take us back in time so that we can experience the traditions and cu
What it Takes to be a Sommelier

Sommeliers often retain employment in medium to high level restaurants that carry a quality wine list. In other roles, sommeliers can assist private clients with stocking their cellars, work with event planners, work in hotels guiding diners on .....
Independence Day Wine Cocktails

Everyone knows about Sangria, and you probably even have a favorite recipe for it. And if you don't, then we have one on here for you, just in case... How to Prepare Apricot-Thyme Cocktail... The Basil-Blueberry Mixer...
Basic Tools For Making Wine at Home

Setting up an area with enough space and having a rough outline in the steps you will need to take throughout fermentation and later details such as fining, filtering, aging and bottling. You'll need carboys, acids, corks, bottles, a hydrometer.....
Summer Entertaining: Food and Wine Pairings of the Season

Melon and Proscuito Wraps are sweet, salty, juicy snacks and pair best with a dry Rosé; Provence and Languedoc-Rousillon is always my first pick for Rosé wines. While this is a classic pairing that can never go wrong, venturing out and trying something..
British Wine Business Is Booming

Wine trade in the United Kingdom has progressed over the years. Wine producers are becoming more experienced in the business of making wine, more vineyards are springing up around the country, despite the notoriously cold British weather. Granted, climat
Wine Ice Cream & Other Fun Ways to Enjoy Wine this Summer

For instance, adding a Cabernet Sauvignon to a dark chocolate ice cream is a good pairing, as the wine has bold enough flavors to contrast the chocolate; likewise a classic vanilla ice-cream will go well with the oaky and buttery flavor of Chardonnay.
Bienconvino - The Wine Specifically Designed for Food Pairings

Bienconvino, which translates into "good with wine", is the brainchild of Argentinian sommeliers Valeria Mortara and Mariana Achavál. This line of 4 different wines is specifically designed to aid in the process of food and wine pairing, and thus, each w
The Champagne Riots of 1910 and what Led to Them

During the early part of the 19th century, the region's wine grape growers and wine makers were in a row over the finished wine price and over grape prices, and the battle that ensued almost destroyed the region. The rift between the growers and wine...
Vermouth, From Medicine to Martinis

It reportedly first appeared in China around 1,000 BC as a propitiatory medicine for stomach and intestinal disorders. It later was traced to Greece, India and France, where other botanical components were added to increase its medicinal potency.
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In the context of wine growing regions, temperate regions refer to regions that have moderate climates during the growing season. Temperate climates can still... Read more

In the context of wine making, the term rotten egg is a descriptive adjective for the aroma of hydrogen sulfide and is an indicator that the wine has spoiled. When... Read more

In the context of wine tasting, "double blind" is when the wine taster knows nothing about the wine they are tasting. A double blind tasting requires that the... Read more

In the context of viticulture, advection Fog is formed when warm, moist air is cooled from below. The fog forms in thin, horizontal layers and is found along... Read more

Tempranillo is a red wine grape variety grown widely in Spain. It is also grown in Portugal, and certain parts of California, Texas, Oregon, Chile, Mexico and... Read more
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