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Counting Carbs With Wine

The recent health claims that wines have antioxidants in them that may block free radicals, prevent heart disease, cancer, and other conditions associated with aging seems to have some validity. Polyphenol, catechin, and cholesterol-reducing resveratrol are found predominately in red wines in various degrees.

A Private Owners Guide to Bottling Fine Whisky

The majority of private owners of whisky casks are looking for an assessment of their options. The purpose of this article is to help answer questions that private owners may have about bottling their whisky casks.

The Harmony Between Food and Wine

Wine is a social drink which should be enjoyed in the company of friends and ..

Using Cooking Wine

Cooking wine is sort of a holdover from prohibition. People who grew up thinking Alcohol is Evil didn't want to have any in their homes.

Guide To Tasting Wine

The basics of tasting wine are relatively simple to learn. Once the fundamentals are mastered, the nuances and details can be enhanced over a lifetime.

Wine Etiquette With Ease

Correct wine etiquette makes the tasting experience much more enjoyable. Like most interests, there is a set of protocol that most wine lovers adhere to.

The Curious History Of Wine Consumption In America

The history of wine consumption in America has been frought with starts, stops, and inconsistencies. The American population has always had a love-hate relationship with alcohol.

Hosting A Wine Tasting Party

As your love and knowledge of wine grows, it is inevitable that you will want to share your revelations with friends and family. Hosting a wine tasting party is a great way to do this.

Beer, Wine and Your Bones

If you like the taste of a good brew, then here is some good news! In a recent research study of over 2,900 women and men, researchers found that beer, which contains silicon, may promote bone health. Silicon is a mineral that is thought to stimulate collagen production, which is a building block in bone formation.

The Mystery of Decanting

Decanting is a strange word to many people. Some do not even know what it means exactly.

Start Your Wine Cellar The Right Way

One of the great joys of wine is to be able to select a bottle from your own cellar, perhaps one that you've been storing for some years, draw the cork and enjoy it with friends. You can marvel at the changes brought on by maturity and, as a bonus, you can brag about the price you paid and congratulate yourself on picking up such a bargain!However, wine is an ever-changing thing and how it is stored will directly affect how quickly and how well it ages!Storing wine is very simple ?It requires a constant temperature, humidity, darkness, stillness and a well-ventilated and clean environment.

Ideal Wine Temperature

The ideal temperature to store wines is between 55F and 58F (13C-15C). However, any temperature between 40-65F (5-18C) will suffice as long as it remains constant.

Wine, Wine, Wine

What in the world is up!Was there a full moon or something? As I went through this past week I was struck by what seemed to be the theme for the week. I came to the conclusion that there are some career whiners out there.

An Introduction to Wine

What is wine?Wine has been made for centuries from just a two simple ingredients: yeast and grape juice. Actually, just about any fruit juice can be used, but by far the majority of all wine is made from the juice of the grape.

Rare Varietals Cure Wine Boredom

The future of the Australian wine industry will be shaped by a group of innovative grapegrowers and winemakers who are busily experimenting with new varieties in new regions.The phenomenal success of the industry in producing quality wine at competitive prices does not need recounting here.

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05/24/2018 08:39 AM
The Wine Lover's Guide To Craft Beer
If you're the type of person that notices everything that's a little different at your local watering hole, you've no doubt noticed a change as to what is on tap behind the bar. Where once you saw some of the biggest beer companies on the planet, you now see some slightly obscure craft beer offerings. As you've processed these changes, you've probably asked yourself one important question - what is craft beer?
05/21/2018 09:38 PM
Research - Protecting the Wine Industry From Constant Threats
This article is about university research efforts on behalf of the wine industry. I believe grape plant research in the U.S. started with the phylloxera disease/infestation in the 1800's and the need to find a control mechanism. From those early days until now, research has really made huge strides forward; especially in the past 3 decades with DNA mapping of varieties. This capability makes mediating diseases in the vineyard a little more precise. There will always be new problems in keeping vineyard healthy as bugs and diseases evolve and adapt to new vines and rootstocks. Some diseases, propagated by bugs, can kill a whole vineyard in as little as one year. Such events can be economically devastating. Wine is a big and complex business. Take a read; I strove to make wine industry research informative and "fun-to-know" information. Cheers!
05/21/2018 09:43 AM
Celebrity Vineyards
Celebrities who own wineries is nothing new. Some get involved as an investment, others take on a partner and simply lend their names, and yet a small percentage embrace their new careers and take an active role in the growing and production of the grapes. Celebrity chefs understandably enjoy ownership or collaboration with vintners to accompany their cooking prowess and to serve in their own restaurants. From time to time, some of us may have fantasized about being part of this venture, relaxing on a veranda sipping a glass of the grape, as we gaze out over a peaceful scenic view of beautiful rolling hills, bursting with robust rows of juicy grapes. Let's see who has actually taken the plunge.
03/27/2018 08:38 AM
The Art of Selling Wine in the Tasting Room
Some people have an aversion to being exposed to sales people. Selling wine to tasting room visitors is a benefit enjoyed by oenophiles; it is all about garnering information that makes life a little better. Wine is a great deal about emotions and excited senses. People are in a tasting room to be sold during an ah-ha moment.
03/22/2018 04:18 PM
The Tasting Room: Branding or Marketing
Tasting rooms obviously sell wine. But maybe when wineries turn to store front tasting rooms that aggregate multiple wineries under a common roof, the strength of a brand is given up. Further, many of my most appreciated tasting room experiences have been at wineries that are of very humble facilities. Tasting rooms are important in strengthening a winery's brand identity and building a bond with the visitor, customer and the wine community in total. It is impossible to farm out the protection or building of a brand. In wine, a brand is very personal and marketing is not branding. Marketing will substantiate a brand.
03/18/2018 10:17 PM
How to Choose a Mezcal Tour in Oaxaca Mexico
The state of Oaxaca, in Southern Mexico, has long been known for the production of mezcal, the country's iconic agave based spirit. Recently there has been a mezcal boom, whereby visitors are traveling to Oaxaca in search of a mezcal tour which meets their needs. They may be merely aficionados, or have an interest in the business of mezcal or be commercial photographers and documentary film producers. How do you decide upon the correct person to guide you into mezcal country, who has the appropriate credentials to meet your needs?
02/18/2018 10:12 PM
Wine Bars Are Popping Up All Over - Here's Why
There are some people who wish they could bring a little glitz and glam to what they believe to be fairly mundane lives. They accessorize a bit with their wardrobe, add little touches of color & texture to their home d?cor, and they try to socialize in hip places like wine bars.
02/06/2018 07:57 AM
Is the Craft Beer Rocket Ride Fizzling Out?
This article attempts to explain the craft beer marketplace, issues facing it and define craft beer as a separate category within the beer genre. This is a relatively new industry that started in 1963 with Fritz Maytag buying Anchor Brewing in San Francisco and made popular by Jim Koch at Samuel Adams.
02/01/2018 04:03 PM
All About Wine: Cooking With Wine
More and more people are drinking wine with their meals and also cooking with wine. In Europe, the Americas and even Africa there has been an upsurge of interest in wine.
01/29/2018 08:21 AM
Mezcal in Oaxaca: State, National and Global Significance of Mexico's Iconic Spirit
Mezcal is the iconic agave based spirit of Mexico. Until well into this century it was deemed a high alcohol beverage for the masses of the country, especially the rural folk of the state of Oaxaca where most is distilled. It was shunned by the middle classes. But more recently it has garnered respect, not only throughout Mexico but on the international stage as well. For one, the mezcal industry is sustainable and environmentally friendly. In addition, it has been coveted because no two batches of artisanal mezcal are the same. These factors have impacted the cultural and economic bases of Oaxaca and Mexico more broadly, which has reinforced the industry.
01/27/2018 08:54 AM
Terroir, Rootstock, Clones, and Cross-Breeding: Quality Wine Starts In the Vineyard
Because most people do not visit a vineyard they do not appreciate the complexity of vineyard life relative to fine wines. It is much more fun to taste wines in a comfortable tasting room. But wine drinkers are more and more demanding of quality wines. Problem is we do not fully appreciate the intense decision-making and tasks associated with getting quality fruit to the winemaker. Quality wines start in the vineyard and often many years before the first fruit makes it into the oak. Hopefully, this article will give a perspective to what makes great wine fruit.
01/17/2018 10:28 AM
Did You Know This?
Did you know that I have drunk a bottle of champagne a day, every day since January 1, 1965? Here are the reasons why!
12/19/2017 04:04 PM
Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits and Beer Labels
The label on a bottle of wine is there for legal and marketing reasons. Information on the label has always been mandated by TTB regulation and any leftover space is available for sales information. For more information about the wine, technology is coming to the rescue. Some technologies are decades old (barcodes and QR codes) and one is relative new-NFC tags. We see barcodes on wine, spirits and beer and on occasion we see the QR code, but the NFC tag (Near Field Communications) offers the consumer flexible and customizable product information that is secure and can be updated to stay current. A NFC tag reader enabled smartphone will give consumers unlimited information about a product simply by tapping the smartphone on a out-of-site NFC tag under a label.
12/16/2017 10:08 AM
Three New Places To Find Great Craft Beer
If you head to your local convenience store or supermarket, you may find that your selection of beer has changed a bit. Moreover, you may find that what was once a somewhat small offering of beers from the usual names in the industry have begun to give way to smaller brands and companies bringing you craft beer.
11/26/2017 07:56 PM
Breweries Near Me Every Beer Lover Needs To Know About
If you're a fan of televised sports, you are, no doubt, full aware of the amount of money that is spent by major beer manufacturers for advertising. The crazy thing is that even though their names are very well-known, even by non-beer drinkers, you do often find yourself asking the question, "Are there any breweries near me?" Moreover, are there any that absolutely need to be known about?
11/18/2017 11:49 AM
10 Delicious Grocery Store Wine and Cheese Pairings
If you are a lover of delicious charcuterie and elegant wine, then you should learn how to make the best of both worlds right at your local grocery store. You can find terrific pairings at a economical price!
11/06/2017 09:06 AM
Stick a Cork in It
Wine makes the world go 'round, or so it seems. We have a never-ending choice of types, country origins and prices to please any palette. Much of the world has been imbibing for centuries, as a beverage in celebratory events and in religious ceremonies. Cooks have included it in their prize dishes, and countries export millions of bottles of their landmark varieties yearly. It seems the U.S. was late to the party, preferring ale and cocktails to our ancestors' wines, but in the last few decades we have become a sophisticated populace of wine drinkers, not the least of which is our own California bounty. Grapes have been cultivated for centuries, and the origins may surprise you.. So sit back, pour yourself a glass and read up on wine.
11/05/2017 08:06 PM
When It Comes to Wine, Do As The Romans Did
Now that we are interested in making organic wine, it seems a good idea to revive ancient wine-making traditions. Researchers from the University of Catania in Sicily have begun to make wine as the Romans did two thousand years ago. They are trying to find out if it is feasible to make wine in the same way as the ancient Romans did.
10/22/2017 09:42 AM
Latest Wine Trends in the US and UK
Wine is becoming more popular than ever before. In fact it is taking over from beer as the UK and US's favourite alcoholic drink. It has less calories than beer and lager, which may be one reason why this is so. What's your favourite tipple? Has this changed in the last five years?
10/21/2017 07:21 PM
Fixing Wine Stained Lips and Teeth After Red Wine
Having trouble getting rid of those wine stains on your teeth and lips? We have some tips that will help! Read more...
10/17/2017 08:06 AM
Reinventing Mezcal Anejo and Con Gusano
Aged mezcals and those infused with "the worm" or con gusano, in recent years have not received the respect deserved from either retailers or the so called experts in the spirits industry. Their dogmatism is without merit and adversely impacts the imbibing public. Some write that aged mezcal such as reposado and anejo is not traditional mezcal. Nothing could be further from the truth. Others write that anything other than clear unaged mezcal masks the natural flavors of the agave. But if it does so in a positive way, what right do they have to tell us what to drink and what not to drink.
09/26/2017 07:56 AM
Your New Favorite Craft Beer Is Just A Sip Away
Micro brews and small batch beer are quickly gaining more popularity. The momentum in beer lovers choosing tastier and fuller brews has created an entire industry of especially made craft beer. Lovers of beer have a variety of choices and flavors to choose from not seen in any other period. As a result, the industry has exploded and the amount of choice at your local store can be staggering. Don't worry though, your new favorite brew is just a sip away with this guide.
09/10/2017 09:02 PM
It's Easy To Find Breweries Near Me If I Do This
You may be saying to no one in particular, "Hey, I really want to find breweries near me, but I have no idea where to look or how to even start searching." It might be important to start by trying to defining what it is you are looking for in a brewery.
09/01/2017 03:04 PM
How Many Types Of Beer Are Available To Drink?
Keep reading to know more about 23 different types of beers. Ale: Originally liquor made from an infusion of malt by fermentation, as opposed to beer, which was made by the same process but flavoured with hops. Today ale is used for all beers other than stout.
09/01/2017 10:14 AM
Know Your Red Wine Varieties
If you're having a dinner party and have no idea of the difference between a shiraz and a cabernet you need to get educated! Knowing your wine varieties and the foods they should be paired with will impress your guests and allow for some interesting topics of conversation as you impart pearls of wisdom. Read our article to find out more about red wines and where the originate from.
08/15/2017 12:06 PM
The Lugana Doc Consortium and Its Wines
Situated in the Lake Garda territory, the Lugana wine region offers great wines whose origin was certified in the 1700. The Lugana microclimate, which benefits from the temperate breezes of Lake Garda, is mild and seldom subject to sharp changes in temperature between night and day. It truly is the perfect "climatic cradle" for nurturing and enhancing the peculiar characteristics of grape cultivars. Discover one of the wine Italian excellence.
08/06/2017 06:53 PM
Is the Wine Industry Ready for New Label Technology?
Some wine label content is required by law but that does not mean labels are to be void of creativity. Labels act as a billboard and the window through which consumers get the first glimpse into the soul of a wine. In 3 seconds the label must invite the consumer to explore all the information on the bottle and decide to try. The product will then dictate the future sucess of the product with that consumer. Labels will not make a bad wine good. Holograms are now pushing their way into the wine label arena because holograms are fun and entertaining. Holograms do invite consumer to explore products and stimulate sales. 3-D labels have been around for 40 years; just now getting into wine.
07/18/2017 08:23 AM
Benefits of Drinking Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Alcohol-free drinks are growing in popularity because they offer the same satisfaction as an alcoholic beverage without its ill effects. They serve as a healthy substitute for their alcoholic counterparts.
07/17/2017 04:04 PM
Wines From Around The Globe
Riesling is one of the great white grapes. It produces wines that vary by region, but they share a great many traits. This wine is often highly fragrant, very delicious and food-friendly. It is a light-skinned, aromatic grape of German origin which is the world's finest white-wine grape variety.
07/17/2017 04:04 PM
Elegant Wines to Savor
Pinot Noir is a red wine grape variety. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from Pinot Noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler climates, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France.
07/17/2017 04:04 PM
Wine Lovers
Merlot wine is first class. Not only does it command the highest respect in the wine world, Merlot also tastes great with food. Merlot a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for a variety of wines. The name Merlot is thought to be the French name for the blackbird.
07/17/2017 04:04 PM
Wines Worthy of Your Wine Cellar
Chardonnay Wine is the most popular wine in the world today. Wine lovers in Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand, United States, Denmark and Belgium are enjoying this very versatile wine.
07/17/2017 04:03 PM
Chablis Wine
The Chablis region is the northernmost wine district of the Burgundy region in France. The cool climate of this region produces wines with more acidity and flavors less fruity than Chardonnay wines grown in warmer climates. Thes wines often described as steely. To make a true Chablis it is required to use Chardonnay grapes only.
07/17/2017 04:02 PM
Wines From Bordeaux, France
Bordeauxx ("Bore-doe") refers to a wine from Bordeaux, France. over 90% of Bordeaux wines are red wines made with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, petit Verdot and Malbec.
07/17/2017 04:02 PM
The Romance of Wine
This is all about Fine Wine and what I refer to as Wine Magic. There are so many ways to enjoy Wine, and when you add Wine to specific activities, Magic happens. Calming, relaxing and stress relieved Wine Magic! Activities To Best Enjoy Along a Glass of Fine Wine.
07/17/2017 04:01 PM
Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins in South West France. Sauvignon produces a crisp, dry, and refreshing white wine. It's long been used to make world-class wines from Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Yet in recent decades, Sauvignon Blanc has become an everyday favorite thanks to the New World winemakers of New Zealand.
07/17/2017 03:59 PM
Wine Cellar Favorites
Also known as Primitivo, is a variety of black-skinned wine grape. The variety is grown in over 10 percent of California vineyards. The grape found its way to the United States in the mid-19th century, where it became known by variations of the name "Zinfandel", a name which is probably of Austrian origin.
07/16/2017 09:36 AM
Five Places to Discover New Craft Beer
The craft beer movement is all the rage and has been for a number of years now. Part of what has made this particular fermented beverage renaissance is the fact that so many people have decided that they want more of a farm-to-market approach to their beer. So much emphasis is placed on knowing the places where are food comes from that it was almost inevitable that something as socially, and culturally, important as beer would follow suit.
07/07/2017 09:55 AM
Corks Can Live Long After the Wine Is Gone
Wine bottles seem to be the most obvious items recycled from the wine industry. Many people do not even think about corks as being a recycling option from that empty bottle of wine. In fact, cork as a closure, is the most ecological friendly of all closure options, including aluminum and plastic. The cork is harvested without destroying any trees, in fact the trees reproduce the cork bark and are ready for re-harvesting in 7 to 9 years. When you see a cork recycling box at you grocery store or wine merchant, realize that there is an active and growing community of people re-purposing corks.
07/03/2017 04:25 PM
Shiraz Vs Syrah - What's the Difference?
What's the real difference between Shiraz and Syrah? A little more detailed than you think.
06/28/2017 02:48 PM
Get the Skinny on Sulfates and Organic Wines
This article can clear up questions associated with the use of sulfites in winemaking, weather they are harmful or not and the difference between Organic and Biodynamic wines. In other words drinking green.
06/27/2017 10:22 AM
Wine Accessories for Gifts
A true wine lover not only loves to drink it, but share it with special people. Accessories make wine drinking an experience, a true art for the senses.
06/22/2017 02:12 PM
Satisfying Wine and Beer Pairings for Lamb
Learn how to pair your lamb dish with the perfect wine or beer! Both red and white wine are great options for lamb, and beer is even better!
06/14/2017 10:18 PM
Competing Theories of the Roots of Agave Distillation in Mexico
There has been much debate regarding the origins of distillation in Mexico and the production of agave spirits such as mezcal. For decades it was assumed that the arrival of the Spanish during The Conquest marked it's origins, having learned from alchemist Moors to distill as early as the 8th century AD. But literature noting Filipino seamen landing on Mexico's west coast and distilling fermented coconut in clay vessels, and the more recent publication of a book urging us to believe that the indigenous peoples of the country were distilling more than two thousand years ago, suggest that there are no easy or steadfast answers, with doubts remaining.
06/13/2017 09:21 AM
Australian White Wine Varieties
Australia has some excellent wine growing regions that have developed full bodied wine flavours from imported wine stock. Find out more about Australian white wine and where the best wine comes from.
06/02/2017 11:59 AM
Prosecco - 12 Things Most People Don't Know
There are an awful lot of people enjoying Prosecco all over the UK, but how much do we actually know about the UKs favourite sparkler? This article aims to amuse and inform all you Prosecco fans.
05/25/2017 08:12 AM
Automated Harvesting Grapes Is Only Part of The Cost Savings Story From The Vineyard
Automation is impacting our lives beyond just what we experience with iPhones or automobiles--automation is taking over vineyards. There is a point where certain types of costs in producing wine must be addressed in order for producers to put out a product most people can afford. Labor is getting to be expensive and hard to find at almost any price. We already know grapes can be picked mechanically, but did you know the maintenance of the vineyard is complicated, requires precision and is more labor intense than the harvest itself? Vines must be tended and the vineyard floor must be protected--wine starts with agriculture. And automation is part of the process.
05/10/2017 08:24 AM
Do You Believe Research Findings Even When Reported About Wine?
Over the years you have probably read about all the research that touts the benefits and risks of drinking wine. We generally believe these research results because we see them in print or on the Internet. Don't be fooled into believing everything because you see it published. Even noted researchers say most published research findings are false; promoted by special interest who have an agenda. Wine is like all industries, they want to promote their product benefits and help sell their wines. Wine is great but maybe consume it because you like it not for what can be false benefit claims.
04/25/2017 08:20 AM
5 Common Mistakes People Make When Ordering Craft Beer
The world of craft beer is a new and exciting one, with new micro-breweries opening each day across the country. The art of these local, homemade-esque brews is that creativity is key and invention is next. In other words, large corporations have their place in the alcohol market, but local places are starting to take root and a whole new culture of beer is cropping up. If you are new to the scene, worry not, as there really are no hard and fast rules. There are, however, a few guidelines to help you feel more comfortable when ordering your first craft beer. Take a look at the following mistakes to avoid:
04/19/2017 12:19 PM
Mezcal De Pechuga From Oaxaca, Mexico: Historical Account of the Agave Distillate
One of the most unusual beverages produced in Mexico is mezcal de pechuga, most commonly distilled in the southern state of Oaxaca. Where, when and why a Mexican first experimented with creating a spirit using raw chicken or turkey breast is open to speculation. But this account takes its "invention" to the 1930s, and provides names, context and other details for a compelling account to the earliest formulation of the agave based Mexican spirit.

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