Making wine is risky business. Not only does it take costly equipment, from temperature-controlled tanks to pneumatic presses to oak barrels; it also includes some high stakes real estate and often-unpredictable biochemical reactions that keep winemakers constantly on their toes from fermentation right through to bottling. The biggest risk factor of them all? Mother Nature.
You often hear the term ”acidity” or ”acid” on the puckered lips of your wine guzzling friends, but what does it actually mean and why are acidity driven wines suddenly all the rage? Acidity is defined as that pucker or bright bite you experience on your palate, reminiscent of a fresh squeeze of lemon – […]
There is quite possibly nothing more fun than spending the day exploring a wine region’s wine trail. Bouncing from one tasting room to another as you get to know a region and expand your palate, further determining what you like and what you don’t. But as with anything that involves copious amounts of alcohol, mistakes […]
Wine vocabulary can often seem like a foreign language, making ordering a bottle at a restaurant or buying one at the store a very confusing ordeal. But it doesn’t have to be. In this short video we teach you the meaning of six of the most common wine terms, including how to use each in […]
Have you ever been out to dinner with friends when all of a sudden someone at the table tells the rest of the group that they smell something really crazy inside their wine glass? Maybe they smell forest floor, rose petals, or even something like persimmon. However, when you go to smell the wine yourself, […]
You’re all set and excited to open a bottle of wine, but when you pull the cork you find that the side that was inside the bottle is covered in little red or white crystals. Immediately you begin to wonder if this means there’s something wrong with the bottle that until five seconds ago you […]
Over the past decade boxed wine has been one of the fastest growing segments of wine in America, particularly on the premium side.
“You work in wine, have you seen the movie Somm? What level of certification do you hold?” This question has become ubiquitous for almost anyone who works in wine, whether on the floor of a restaurant, with a distributor, at a wine shop, or even as a lowly writer. There is no question that the […]
Do you have a “wine connoisseur” friend? Have you seen someone gurgle wine around his mouth loudly (and off-puttingly)? Has anyone lectured to you about a wine’s characteristics, about its vintage, terroir, vinification process and so much more than you were looking for? Did you ever find yourself thinking, ‘Forget the rituals and the trivia […]