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What's the Difference Between Champagne, Cava and Prosecco?


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...

how long does wine last after opening


Some wines are more susceptible to oxidation than others. Pinot Noir, for example, is highly sensitive and prone to quicker oxidation. An open bottle of wine can last...

The Basics of Storing and Serving Wine Temperature


The wine temperature during storage determines how a wine will taste. The storing and serving temperature will determine how your palate perceives wines and will bring...

12 Unexpected Food and Wine Pairings


These 12 food and wine pairings aren't classics but they work great together. Ever heard of chips and Champagne, or hot dogs with Merlot? How about popcorn with...

How is Rose Made?


Rosé wine is made using three methods that include either blending red and white wine or reducing red grape skin contact with must. direct pressing, maceration and...

how to sniff the cork


Some people prefer to sniff the wine cork to judge a wine, but in reality, sniffing the cork doesn't really prove a wine is good or bad. A cork can still smell fine even...

Everything You Need to Know About Traditional Georgian Qvevri Wine


Qvevri wines are made using either red or white native Georgian grape varieties. Grapes are crushed and placed into buried qvevri, complete with their stems, to begin...

Best Wines for cooking


Use dry wines, known in wine parlance as 'crisp.' Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are recommended because of their bright citrus and green apple notes....

aromatic white wines


Aromatic white wines are defined by intense fruit, floral or spice aromas. The pronounced aromas they display come from a higher than normal concentration of an aroma...

How and Why Oak is Used in Wine Making


The pores of American oak are much looser than its counterpart in France. This will introduce characteristics much quicker into wine. French oak is known for having much...

What Does Dry Wine Mean? A Beginners Guide to Wine Tasting Lingo


The characteristic of a dry wine is not a sensory characteristic, but a measure of the amount of residual sugar in the wine. Dry, off-dry, medium sweet, sweet and...

The Best Wines for Winter Meals


The best wines for winter meals depends on flavor. Most winter meals are dense and creamy, acidic wines help to cut the fat. Stews and soups blend well with Chardonnay....

Salta, Argentina: Land of the Highest Vineyards in the World


The Province of Salta, Argentina is Cafayate, home of the highest vineyards in the world. The vineyards here in Cafayate of Salta sit at and around 5,522 to over 6,000...

Grenache Magic: Subtle and Seductive


Black Grenache is the most common form of Grenache planted, this is a voluptuous grape variety, rounded and smooth; it blends well with dry wine and is also suitable for...

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...

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What are fortified wines and how do they differ from each other?


Fortified wines are wines that undergo a fortification process through the addition of a distilled spirit. Brandy is commonly used in the process of fortifying a wine....

Are Claret and Bordeaux the same wine style?


Depending on where you are in the world, it is probable that you will have heard of red wine from Bordeaux, France being referred to as claret. In the USA and the UK,...

Old World and New World wines, what makes them different?


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...

What is the difference between a varietal wine and a regional wine?


Varietal wines are those which have been made from one particular variety of grape. For example, some of the most common grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,...