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Deciduous is the term that describes trees, bushes, vines and other plants that shed their leaves annually. It comes from the Latin term deciduus, meaning “tending to fall or falling”. Grapevines are... (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)
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....
10 Wine Professions & What They Do

Working in the wine world presents many different types of opportunities for people who are passionate about all aspects of oenology, viticulture and winemaking. Sommeliers are professionally trained and certified wine experts in pairing and tasting.
Nero d'Avola: The Wine Designed for Red Sauces

Nero d'Avola is made from the Nero d'Avola grape, translated as Black of Avola, from the small town officially named Avola, located in southeastern Sicily. From then on, the wine was made as a 100% varietal wine and is compared to Syrah.
Roussillon: Home to Good Red and White Wine

Roussillon, one of France’s sunniest regions, is situated in the Deep South West near the Spanish border. Roussillon now boasts 2,000 winemaking families, 25 cooperative cellars and 345 private cellars. The region grows as many as 23 varieties of grapes
How Many Levels of Sweetness Are There in German Wines?

Germany (and Austria) stand out among the other wine-producing countries and the wines are classified using a german wine classification in accordance with the the level of sweetness of the wines. Pradikatswein ?modeled after the Qualitatswein mit Pradik
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Chenin Blanc is a white wine grape variety. It is often associated with the wine region of Loire, France and was one of the country's original noble grapes. Chenin... Read more

Heavy is a wine descriptor used to note many different things, but it is most often used to in relation to the wine’s feel in the taster’s mouth, also called... Read more

Sulfites also known as sulfur dioxide (SO2) is a chemical property that is present in all wines as a result of the fermentation process. The amount present after... Read more

In the context of wine grape anatomy, the pip is the seed in the grape. While grape seeds are not necessarily desirable in the winemaking process, they are... Read more

Sauternes is a type of sweet, complex white dessert wine that originates in the Bordeaux winemaking region of France. Sauternes wines are full-flavored, and once... Read more
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