A beginners guide to ice wine

September 22, 2017

Today we are going to be looking at one of the more unusual grape-based offerings available: Ice wine. This super-sweet drink is not for everyone, but those looking for a wine unlike any other would be hard pressed — pardon the pun — to find something as unique as this chilly treat.

What is it?


When we talk about ice wine (or eiswein) we’re not talking about chilled wine or a glass of white with a couple of ice cubes. Ice wine is a very..

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A beginners guide to orange wine

September 16, 2017

Today, we’re going to put aside reds and whites and look at something a little different: orange wine. Despite the name, orange wine contains no actual oranges; instead, it is the result of leaving grape juice in contact with the skins and seeds for a prolonged period of time. This results in a white wine with a noticeably orange hue.


While there is something undeniably fascinating about it, the color itself is not orange wine's main selling..

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A beginners guide to Petit Verdot

September 8, 2017

This week, we’re looking at another fairly obscure wine packed with character and flavor: Petit Verdot. This intense vintage has seen a steady increase in popularity over the last few years and is well regarded for its rich color and unusual taste. A bit of a “love it or hate it” wine, those on the lookout for something a little different should definitely give it a try.


Petit Verdot is a bit of a New World wine success story. The grape was..

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Five wine faults and how to spot them

August 31, 2017

Nothing can put a damper on a well planned dinner party like spoiled wine. Just recently, I found myself to be the unlucky owner of a corked bottle of red. Fortunately, I wasn’t entertaining so the only people who were severely put out by this development were my wife and myself. Still, it was a frustrating and disappointing experience to open up a carefully chosen bottle only to be treated by an awful, damp aroma.

With that in mind, I thought..

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Four foods you should never pair with wine

August 31, 2017

Arguably, one of the best things about wine appreciation is experimenting with food pairings. Nothing brings out the subtle flavors and tastes of a good bottle of wine like a well chosen meal or foodstuff. Sadly, though, there are a few food items that just don’t work with wine. Here’s a few surprising morsels that should never, ever be paired with wine.



The first no-go food pairing is arguably the most tragic. Yes, sadly chocolate..

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A beginners guide to Saignée Rosé

August 26, 2017

While I understand their appeal, I’ve never been particularly partial to rosé wines. It’s true that a rosé can be refreshing and is a great complement to a warm summer's day. Personally though, I tend to gravitate towards the more robust end of the wine tasting spectrum. Fortunately, as is often the case in the world of wines, there is a rosé variety that perfectly appeals to my desire for a refreshing wine that also features a bold flavor..

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How to pick the right glassware for your wine

August 26, 2017

When it comes to drinking wine, pretty much any receptacle will do. One doesn’t need high-end glassware to enjoy the occasional glass of vino. In fact — as I can personally attest — wine can still be enjoyed when drunk from a coffee mug. However, if you’re getting serious about wine and really want to get the best out of it, it’s probably time to invest in some glassware.

Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your mindset, there are a..

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A beginners guide to Zweigelt wine

August 12, 2017

Today we’re heading away from the Mediterranean (only slightly) to look at one of the best summer wines around: Zweigelt. This Austrian wine is a far cry from the usual Pinot Noirs and Merlots and offers a unique and refreshing taste profile.


Zweigelt wine was first developed in 1922 by Austrian biologist Fritz Zweigelt when he crossed St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch grapes. Since then, Zweigelt has gone on to become the most widely grown..

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A beginners guide to Albarino wine

August 5, 2017

Today we’re looking at one of the most distinctive whites to come out the Spanish wine region: Albarino. High-quality, zesty, and fruity, it’s pretty much the perfect summer white.


Albarino grapes are grown in the cooler, windy northwest Spanish and northwest Portuguese regions. These regions are wetter than other parts of Spain and Portugal; however, the Albarino grape is fairly hardy and thrives in these conditions.

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The right temperature to store wine

August 5, 2017

If there is one thing pretty much everyone knows, regardless of whether they drink wine or not, it’s this: Red wine is served at room temperature and white wine is served chilled. Generally, this idea is true. Most reds are best when served at room temperature, and many whites benefit from chilling.

However, to really get the best out of wine, it’s important to know exactly what constitutes chilled, or “room temperature.” Additionally, like..

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