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Pairing Wine with Chocolate: what wine goes with chocolate?
Chocolate and wine pairing can be a divine experience for your senses - a match made in heaven that you truly need to experience if you haven’t already! As with food and wine matching in general, we don’t think you...
Embrace Try January, Instead Of Dry January
We admire the spirit behind Dry January and strongly support anyone who’s chosen to explore this option. However, we’ve noticed over the years that when people decide to participate, they often fail to identify a specific intention and define their...
4 Delicious Wines to Pair With Soup
With this freezing cold, it's always good to eat some kind of comfort food like a warm and reinvigorating soup. And why not eating it with a glass of good wine? Many people find challenging pairing soup with wine. And...
6 Christmas Presents For Wine Geeks
It doesn’t matter what got you down the wine-geek rabbit hole, the important thing is that you’re here now and that you’re hungry for more (…or, thirsty for more). What we wine enthusiasts know well is that it’s not about...
What Makes a Good Wine Cellar?
Whether you’re buying wine to hold onto for a handful of years, just starting a wine collection, or already have a well-curated wine cellar with 100’s of bottles, good wine storage is key.   Wine Cellaring 101 A well-organized wine...
5 Winter Wines You’ll Love
5 wines that are perfect for holiday celebrations, rich cuisine, and evenings in with Netflix. Break out your ugly sweaters, digital Yule logs, and low-hanging Game of Thrones references… winter is coming. Here’s what we’re hot for when the temperature...
The Six Worst Food and Wine Pairings
Suffer from bad food pairings? Don’t worry: we learn from failure, not from success. And although food and wine pairings are subjective and depend on the people’s tastes and preferences, some mismatches feel odd. A good pairing brings out the...
Veraison: When Grapes Turn Red
One of the most important moments in a grapevine’s annual lifecycle is the onset of ripening, when the grapes turn from green to red and naturally begin to sweeten. The French call this process veraison. Veraison also occurs in white...
Corks vs Screw Caps
Corks are the classic choice in the question of what goes between you and your wine. However, there’s been some surprising proof that shows how the corks vs screw caps argument is not as black and white as it seems....
Wine & Food: What Wine Goes with Duck?
Wine with duck: a match made in heaven? Duck is one of those elegant meats you can’t help but love. What could be better than a beautiful duck a l’orange, or some tasty duck pâté spread on salty crackers? We’ve...
The Best Italian Red Wines for Beginners
With estimates of between 500 and 600 grape varieties grown in Italy, it’s tricky to distill this iconic wine-soaked peninsula into basic baby sips. If you start at the Italian boot and drill down, you’ll find a land of incredible...
Filtered vs Unfiltered Wine: Which is Better?
Wine is not only a drink, but also a kind of play. It is a subject; a hobby people like to discuss or exchange their knowledge, thoughts, and news on or about. And, just as with any fashionable hobby, it’s...
Rich, Bold, and Undiscovered Montepulciano Wine
Montepulciano is a medium-bodied red wine grape that is supposed to have originated in central Italy. Montepulciano wines are commonly confused with Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, a regional name for the Sangiovese-based wine in Tuscany. Montepulciano is the 2nd most...
What is cork taint? Why Are Some Wines Corked? Top 5 Facts About This Sneaky Subject
We talk about serious stuff here, people. When a wine is corked there is not a lot you can do, except crying. But why is a wine corked? And where does the cork taint come from? Keep reading to find...
What type of wine goes with lasagna?
If pizza is hugely popular all around the world, another dish called lasagna - which is obviously a little less popular - is highly competitive to its taste though. Some would argue that it beats it up sometimes. Lasagna is same...
The 9 Primary Styles of Wine
As diverse as wine is, most bottles can be categorized into 9 different styles. Once you taste an example the 9 styles, you’ll gain a good understanding of wine as a whole. It’s important to note that there are many...
Col Fondo: The Funky Side of Prosecco
We’ve all had Prosecco before: as an aperitif, for a toast, or in mimosas at brunch. The vast majority of Prosecco is made with the charmat method, where secondary fermentation (the bubbly part) is made in huge pressurized stainless steel...
How Winemakers Craft Clean Natural Wines
The natural wine category is often associated with characteristics that are considered defects. Yet many natural wines are as clean and stable as conventionally produced wine. Conventional winemakers can use a range of additives, including yeast nutrients, selected yeasts, acidity,...
When is it acceptable to reject a wine in a restaurant?
There is widespread confusion about the protocol of ordering a wine in a restaurant. The person who orders the wine gets to taste a small amount before it is poured. However, this assumes a lot of knowledge on the part...
Italian White Wine Heaven: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, or FVG for short, is easy to understand, even if it’s a mouthful to say. While red wine lovers crush on Piedmont and Tuscany on the western side of Italy, some of the greatest white wines can be...
Wine Labels
Labels are the first thing we see when looking at a wine bottle, and for many people it’s the most important factor when deciding which bottle to buy. Do you prefer your Sauvignon Blanc to have butterflies, fish, stamps or...