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The term nuance is used to describe the subtle characteristics of a wine’s taste and/or aroma. Comparable to a wine’s “notes”, the nuance draws on the details or undertones of the wine’s flavor, taste or... (Read on)

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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.
Winemaking 101: How Basic Wine is Made

Exactly how is wine made? Modern wine making is both an art and a science. Once the grapes are crushed and pressed, the free run juice or the must is allowed to start primary fermentation. The wine style being made dictates how the primary fermentation..
Official Bordeaux Classification of 1855

It was Napoleon's intention to showcase the best wines of his country in the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris. However, what happened at that event was nothing short of a defining historical moment for French wine, resulting in the official classific
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In the context of wine vine diseases and pests, aphids are small insects that feed on wine vines. There are over 4,000 different species of aphids, with the most... Read more

In the context of notable viticulturists, Maynard Amerine was a plant physiologist who pioneered scientific research methods to revive the vines of California after... Read more

In the context of wine classifications, Ortswein is a German wine rating regulated by the Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP), which is the Association of... Read more

Ellagitannins are included in the large classification of hydrolyzable tannins. These are tannins which when they are heated with sulfuric or hydrochloric acids,... Read more

While Anthocyanins do not influence the taste of the wine directly, they are big influencers of the structural compounds of wine and influence the aging process.... Read more
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