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Wild Fermentation in Wine

Wild Fermentation in Wine
Tasting Wild Fermented Wines When you use wild yeasts, the results are not always as consistent as with the traditional process, but they are always interesting. Here’s what we’ve observed in wild fermented wines: White and Rosé Wines Added t...

Guide To Vinho Verde

Guide To Vinho Verde
You probably shouldn’t be drinking under direct sun. But, if you’re going to break the rules, do it with Vinho Verde wine. This Portuguese treat is the perfect poolside drink. Portugal’s Secret Value Vinho Verde comes from a small region in North...

Decanting Times Sparkling Wine!

Decanting Times Sparkling Wine!
Sparkling Wines There are a few rare cases when you can decant sparkling wines. We’re talking rare! Some grower Champagne and small-production Champagne wines have reduction (burnt match smell) and improve with decanting. Generally speaking, a sparkling wine...

Decanting Times White Wine!

Decanting Times White Wine!
White and Rosé Wines Up to 30 minutes if the wine shows signs of reduction. Most white and rosé wines don’t need to be decanted. In fact, some aromatic compounds, like the passionfruit flavor in Sauvignon Blanc, waft away! So, the only reason y...

Decanting Times Red Wine!

Decanting Times Red Wine!
Red Wines Nearly all red wines benefit from decanting. There are two primary processes involved (oxidation and evaporation) that ultimately make red wines taste fruitier and smoother following decantation. Light-Bodied Red Wines: 20–30 minutes. Light-bodi...

Defining “Classic Wines”

Defining “Classic Wines”
What are Classic Wines? Classic Wines typify a style or category of wine. For semantics geeks, they follow prototype theory, in being prototypical examples (or “perfect examples”) of a particular type of wine. For example, those Cabernet Sauvignon-base...

7 Wines From Chile

7 Wines From Chile
Here are seven wines from Chile that are going to blow your mind. For the longest time Chile has pumped out volumes of cheap, gluggable booze juice. It’s the stuff that flows freely at those Burning Man-inspired art parties. You know the ones… To ...

The 10 Most Popular Wines

The 10 Most Popular Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon Red. This French-origin grape was first made famous by the wines of Bordeaux. Today, Cabernet Sauvignon grows all over the world, including several unexpected places such as Lebanon and China. Merlot Red. The “other” ...

Sophisticated Wines (Under $30)

Sophisticated  Wines (Under $30)
Extra-Brut Sparkling Flavors: citrus, yellow apple, almond, cream, and toast Why? An evening of dancing and Champagne has been considered the ideal way to spend a date since the time of powdered wigs and tri-corner hats. And those fops might have been up to someth...

How White Wine Age

How White Wine Age
Somewhat over-simplified overview of white wine aging potential:   White Rioja ~10–15 years Chardonnay ~10 years (longer for Bourgogne) Trebbiano ~8 years Garganega ~8 years Sémillon ~7 years (longer for Bordeaux) Sauvignon Blanc ~4 ...

How Red Wines Age

How Red Wines Age
On Buying Dry Red Wines Dry reds are the most collected of all wines, not necessarily because they age the longest, but because it is a delight to drink old dry red wine. Beyond seeking an ideal basic structure in the wine, you want to make sure that the wine has amp...

Balanced Wine

Balanced Wine
Some things (wine, clothes, people…) improve with age and others do not. Maybe you have a t-shirt that’s 10 years old that looks better and better with each wash cycle. Some of us believe that the secret to true success is to slowly cultivate a life surroun...