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1487 Royal Decree of Germany

The 1487 Royal Decree of Germany was a law enacted that permitted winemakers to burn sulphured wood chips for the disinfection of their barrels. The decree also permitted winemakers to use sulphur for the... (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)
How To Pair Wine With Dessert

As the color of the dessert gets darker, so should the color of the wine. The wine should be as sweet as the dessert, with enough acidity for balance. Champagne, fortified wines and sweet wines are often used as dessert wines, with Sherry and Port taking
Why Are Most Vineyards Placed on Slopes and Hillsides?

Wine grapes benefit from altitude advantages not always found on ground-level plantations. These include a frost-free climate, moderate rainfall and abundant sunshine. Cooler upper air helps foster a slower growth cycle and prolonged.....
Wine in a Box: A Success Even in France

France holds a yearly international competition for the Best Wine in Box that serves as a great incentive for national and international winemakers as well as those in the business of marketing wine.
Introduction to Argentinian Wine

While Malbec remains the country’s most recognized grape variety, the country also offers a mixture of reds in the way of Bonarda, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, amongst others.
5 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 .....
The Grenache Trio: Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir and Grenache Gris

Predominantly blending grapes, White Grenache, Black Grenache and Grey Grenache grapes produce quality single varietals as well that pair well with...
How Terroir Affects Wine

While terroir itself has no defined flavor, its influence can be tasted through different characteristics of a wine such as alcohol, acidity etc. In warm or hot regions, grapes produce higher levels of sugar and wines are subsequently higher in alcohol.
What Is That on My Wine Label? AOC, DOC, IGT & IGP Explained

Throughout the European Union, there are standards and classifications for certain traditional foods and wines. In France, this system is referred to as Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC in short). In Spain, this system is referred to as Denominación
Are Claret and Bordeaux the Same?

A Bordeaux wine is one that that has been produced in the Bordeaux region of France. Claret continues to be a generic term for Bordeaux red wine. Claret and Clairet sound very similar, they are made from the same Bordeaux grapes, they share the same past
Fortified Wines: The Difference Between Marsala, Port & Sherry

Wines were originally fortified as a way to preserve them, so it would last longer before spoiling. The most well-known fortified wines are Port, Sherry, Marsala, Madeira and Vermouth...
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...
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To acetify, is by process of acetification in which acetic acid has been produced in wine. In simpler terminology, it means the wine has transformed into vinegar by... Read more

Aspect is used to describe the geographical topography of a vineyard, specifically the land and crop’s sloping direction facing the North, South, East or West. The... Read more

Vin Cotto is originally found from the wine regions of Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Lombardy, Apulia and Marche of Italy. It is technically not a wine, but a slow-cooked... Read more

A wine described as "fat" is typically one that is high in alcohol and full-bodied. Aromas, flavors and textures are bold and rich. This may describe a big wine,... Read more

There are many benefits that come along with controlling the temperature of the wine during fermentation. Cool fermentation uses techniques that lower the... Read more
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