How to pick a bottle of Champagne

December 15, 2017

Now that we’ve covered the history and geography of Champagne production, it’s time to get into the best part of this bubbly beverage: the taste! While there is a consistent flavor profile to be found in most bottles of champers, there are a number of different styles of this drink availableall with their own unique characteristics.

Types of Champagne


Far from being a uniform product, there are in fact six different types of Champagne...

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A beginners guide to Champagne

December 11, 2017

There are few alcoholic beverages more iconic and more closely associated with prestige and class than Champagne. This fascinating fizzy drink has been around for several hundred years and is still extremely popular. In fact, over 300 million bottles are produced per year and that output seems unlikely to slow down anytime soon.

Despite its appeal, selecting Champagne can be a bit of a daunting prospect. There’s a multitude of options to choose..

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How to pick sparkling wine glasses

December 11, 2017

Just as with regular wine, the shape of a drinking glass can significantly impact the taste of sparkling wine. The overall shape of the glassware can affect the aroma, flavor, and bubble content of all type of sparkling wine. So, when you’re planning on serving some bubbly to your guests, or just want to get the most out of your chosen bottle, it’s important to pick the right glass for the job.


The flute is possibly the most commonly used..

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A beginners guide to Montepulciano wine

December 1, 2017

Today’s wine, Montepulciano hails from the vineyards of central Italy and is known for its vivid red color and punchy herbal notes. Montepulciano is the second most grown grape in Italy and for the most part, is associated with cheaper blends. However, wines comprised of mainly Montepulciano grapes are worth seeking out thanks to their bold taste and surprising, rustic flavor.

Flavor profile


Montepulciano is a rustic wine that exhibits..

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A beginners guide to Mencía wine

November 26, 2017

There’s nothing quite like the joy of discovery. I love roaming through the wine aisle and seeking out unfamiliar varietals and bottles. Occasionally, I've taken a risk and bought a bottle of a wine I’ve never heard of only to discover upon opening it that I’m not a fan. Fortunately, this is a rare occurrence and most of the time taking a risk on wine yields great results!


My latest risk resulted in my discovery of Mencía and I’m happy to..

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A beginners guide to Aglianico wine

November 17, 2017

After a couple of weeks exploring the wonders of extremely dry whites, it’s time to shift gears and have a look at a red wine for a change. I’ve always been a fan of full-bodied robust red wines, and one of my favorites is Aglianico. This Italian grape first originated in Greece and is one of the longest surviving vines still being used for wine-making.


Aglianico is almost exclusively grown in Italy, with the majority of vineyards located in..

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A beginners guide to coffee: Sulawesi Toraja

November 17, 2017

When it comes to high-end coffee, Indonesia has a bit of a bad rap. This is largely due to the fact that the region produces a large amount of Robusta coffee. As Robusta is often considered to be a lesser bean when compared with Arabica, most coffee enthusiasts do not consider the region to be of particular interest.

Despite this, there is some coffee grown in the region that is capable of going toe to toe with even the most well-regarded..

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A beginners guide to Grüner Veltliner

November 12, 2017

While it may lack the intense mouth-puckering qualities of Muscadet, Grüner Veltliner is a fairly dry white wine in its own right. This wine is grown almost exclusively in Austria and is arguably the country's most famous grape variety.


Initially Grüner Veltliner was considered to be a fairly unremarkable grape. However, in the late 1940s cultivators began to discover its hidden benefits. Since then Grüner Veltliner has become highly..

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A beginners guide to Muscadet wine

November 5, 2017

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been spending a lot of time discovering sweeter wines that really pack a fruity punch. Today, however, we’re going to step over into the dryer end of the taste spectrum and explore one of the most mouth-puckering whites around, Muscadet. This French classic is known for its supreme dryness and works extremely well when paired with all manner of foods.


Muscadet is made from Melon De Bourgogne grapes which thrive..

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A beginners guide to Carménère wine

October 28, 2017

Today we’ll be exploring a wine that started life in the old vineyards of France but truly began to flourish when it was exported to the new world. Carménère was originally grown in the Bordeaux region of France but is now a major Chilean crop.


Carménère’s continued existence is a bit of a happy accident. About 150 years ago, Carménère cuttings were mislabelled as Merlot and shipped to Chile. Then in 1867, the Phylloxera plague wiped out..

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