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Maritime Climate

Maritime Climates, also known as oceanic or marine climates, are categorized by their geographical location and temperature. These climates are present on the western coastline of continents located on... (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)
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
The 10 Best Wine Shows, Films & Documentaries

'Somm' documents the journey of four rising sommeliers as they prepare for the daunting Master Sommelier exam to become part of the Court of Master Sommeliers... After the release of 'Sideways' sales of Pinot Noir rose while Merlot sales dropped.
Soil Types and the Wine Grapes that Grow Best in them

Soil is the most misunderstood component of viticulture and is one of the main factors, along with climate, that determines the quality of the grapes at harvest. Knowledge in geology, pedology and edaphology are essential to a successful crop.
How to Pick a Thanksgiving Wine

Part of feast planning includes food and wine pairings, so as soon as you’ve invited everyone and set your menu, you should be thinking about which wines you should serve to your guests to compliment your menu.
How the Great French Wine Blight Changed the Global Wine Industry

The Great French Wine Blight was a marked event and is well-known. The blight destroyed 40% of French grape vines, later linked to a microscopic-sized aphid called phylloxera. Phylloxera opened the door for diversity and other wine regions to join the in
The Hang Time Debate: The Vintner's Battle

Hang time refers to the amount of time that wine grapes hang on the vine for after the growing season, during harvest. Vintners like hang time grapes, as the extra time on the vine allows the grape to develop many characteristics, but they are sold for..
Est! Est!! Est!!! Scores in Name Game

Legend has it that in the year 1111, a German bishop in Italy en route to the Vatican sent his majordomo ahead to search for inns that served quality wine. When the scout found a lodging with good wine, he'd write Est on the door.
Wine Flaws and Faults - How to Recognize Them and Can They Be Fixed

When we use the term oxidized, what we mean to say is that it has been exposed to an exceptional amount of oxygen. An oxidized wine can be recognized by a loss of intensity in aroma, color and flavor.Brettanomyces or Brett is a wild yeast, which when....
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Carignan is a wine grape with black skin that native to the wine region of Aragon, Spain. It is widely planted in the northeast of Spain and the Languedoc-Rousillon... Read more

Cuvée is a French word that refers to special selections or reserve wines that are made from the vineyard’s highest quality grapes and processes. It refers to the... Read more

Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOC) is the regulating body in Spain which designates certain quality standards to produce food and wine. DOC falls under a... Read more

Indication Géographique Protégée (IGP) falls under the category of French wines between the classifications of Vin de Table (VdT) and Appellation d'Origine... Read more

Chalk soil is a soil that has a high alkalinity and pH due to the amount of lime and calcium carbonate in the soil. Chalk soil is typically not considered to be... Read more
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