A Beginners Guide to Wine Tasting: Tannins

June 17, 2019

Even if you only have a passing appreciation of wine you’ve no doubt heard of tannins. Pretty much any description of wine characteristics, involves a mention of “tannins.” But what are these mysterious substances, how do they affect the taste of wine and where do they come from? Read on to find out.

What are tannins?

Tannins are compounds called polyphenols that create a dry, grippy texture and a bitter, astringent flavor in wines. These..

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A Beginners Guide to Vinho Verde Wine

May 24, 2019

The temperature is rising, days are getting longer, and all the trees are flowering, in other words, summer is just around the corner! This means it’s time to start exploring some of the ways to keep refreshed during the hot months. Possibly one of the best wines to enjoy in the warmer months is Vinho Verde. Wines from this region in Portugal are crisp, refreshing, and slightly effervescent, and best of all ubiquitous and affordable.

Vinho..

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A Beginners Guide to Soave Wine

April 19, 2019

Today we’re going to take a look at an Italian classic: Soave. This wine is made from Garganega grapes and produced near the Soave village in Northern Italy. This region is known for its zesty white wines that pair wonderfully with Italian seafood. The hills around Soave are volcanic, which makes the region particularly fertile. Combined with the Italian climate, this makes for ideal vineyard cultivation conditions.

Types of Soave

Far from..

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A Beginners Guide to Nero d'Avola Wine

April 11, 2019

Today we’re discussing one of the most important wines in Italy, Nero d’Avola. This grape is predominately grown in Sicily and results in a bold, powerful red that combines fruity notes with a spicy, peppery finish. The grape, which thrives in dry and arid conditions is perfectly suitable, for the hot Italian landscape. It is also grown in California and Australia in limited quantities.

Flavor Profile

Nero d’Avola is a particularly..

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A beginners guide to Pinotage wine

March 26, 2019

With the warmer months just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to explore some big and bold red wines. One wine, in particular, seems tailor-made to be enjoyed with the smokey meaty flavors of grilled foods: Pinotage. The Pinotage grape is the result of the crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. The grape is South Africa’s signature variety and was created in an attempt to develop a hardy crop that could survive in the country's tough climate.

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A beginners guide to Merlot

February 21, 2019

When it comes to red wines there are few safer bets than Merlot. Balanced, smooth, and easy to pair, Merlot is a wine that’s easy to recommend to everyone. Sadly, Merlot has developed a bit of a bad reputation as a result of cheap, substandard bottles flooding the market. But, provided you’re willing to stray off the beaten path, it’s likely that you’ll find any number of astoundingly tasty examples of this wine.

Merlot is one of the most..

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A beginners guide to Viognier wine

February 13, 2019

When it comes to wine, we tend to associate the richer hearty notes of red wines with winter and the bright and zesty qualities of white wines with the warmer months of spring and summer. While it’s true that red wines tend to be more appropriate for the colder months, there are several white wines that are well worth consuming in winter. One such wine is Viognier, which brings a robust, full-bodied palate to the table and pairs well with a..

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A beginners guide to wine: Five key characteristics

November 26, 2018

In order to truly enjoy wine, you need to understand it. Crucial to that understanding are the five factors that characterize any bottle of wine. Acidity, alcohol, body, sweetness, and tannins are the first five factors anyone hoping to develop their appreciation of wine must understand. Here’s what they are and how they affect the taste of everyone's favorite tipple.

Acidity

Acidity refers to the overall tartness of the wine. Highly acidic..

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A beginners guide to Chardonnay

November 14, 2018

In honor of the wonderfully warm weather, we’re going to take a look at one of the most popular white wines in the world: Chardonnay. Chardonnay grapes are among the most planted grapes in the world and, alongside the wine itself, the grapes are also commonly used in the making of Champagne.

Chardonnay grapes were first grown in Burgundy, Francethe same region that gave us the Pinot Noir grape. Considering Chardonnay’s popularity it’s not..

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A beginners guide to Cabernet Sauvignon

November 12, 2018

It may be blisteringly hot outside but that doesn’t mean that we should only be drinking chilled white wines. Regardless of the season, there’s always a good reason to dip into some tasty red such as today’s wine of choice: Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted wine grape in the world with over 720,000 acres dedicated to its production. Not bad for a wine that’s only been around for a couple hundred years. Its popularity is..

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