Serving Wine Part 4 – It’s Sedimentary My Dear Watson

Wine Glass With Wine Sediments

Wine Sediment Occurs Naturally In Wines

If you are really into wine, the anticipation of the exquisite array of flavors dancing on your palate can be intoxicating.  The thoughts start in the afternoon at work and the drive home is endless.  The other drivers are all idiots because they are constantly in your way, creating yet another barrier to that first glass of wine. What should take 30 minutes seems to take twice as long. You arrive home, pour your nectar, take that first sip and…what the hell? Who put pulp in my wine? Orange juice is supposed to have pulp. Wine isn’t. Continue reading

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Serving Wine Part 2 – No Tuxedo or Snotty Attitude Required But You Do Need the Right Type of Wine Glass

Wine Glass with Sun

A Wine Glass In the Sun

Would you serve soup on a dinner plate? How about a T-Bone steak in a shot glass? No? Then why would you serve your wine in the wrong type of wine glass? There are thousands of variations of wine glasses and most of them actually detract from the wine drinking experience. Continue reading

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Serving Wine Part 1 – Introduction…AKA…Buying Good Wine Is Pointless If It Is Not Served Correctly

 

Three Wine Glasses

Serving Wine Correctly Depends on Many Factors

Would you rather serve a good wine correctly or a great wine poorly. Few people realize that serving a great wine is just like creating any other great dish. There are many factors that go into serving wine correctly. Continue reading

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Cross Referencing European to U.S. Wines

 

Wine Labels

Wine Labels from France, Spain, Italy and the U.S.

Why do U.S. wine labels show the wine grape type on the label, but European wines frequently show the region on the wine bottle label? Have you had any good Bordeaux wines from the U.S.? I seriously doubt it. How about a Burgundy from California? Probably not…no way. Why not? There’s a couple of reasons but to avoid pissing off the lawyers, let’s get the legal one out of the way first. Continue reading

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BBQ and Wine Pairings – The Best of Summer

Grilled Hamburgers Just Waiting For A Bottle Of Zinfandel

It’s summer time and the trinity of summer Holidays, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day cry out for BBQ and for us, that means BBQ paired with wine. Yeah…yeah…I know, summer time and BBQ means beer to most people but wine and BBQ pairings are great. Ah…but what type of wine to serve with your BBQ? We’re glad you asked (you did ask didn’t you?) It comes in so many different varieties that choosing a wine to pair with BBQ can be difficult, but we’ve taken the mystery out of it and humbly offer up these great BBQ and wine pairings. Continue reading

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Reading Wine Labels (Part 2): What Can Clever Marketers Put On Labels to Mislead You?

Wine Label Collage

“Responsible” Wine Labels – Showing What Is Relevant

Why did we split “Reading Wine Labels” into two posts? Two reasons, one is practical – I hate writing novel length posts, and I suspect the audience likes reading them even less. The other has to do with content. Part 1 identifies virtually everything that is required to be on a wine label, or if present, needs to adhere to predefined guidelines. Part 2 of “Reading Wine Labels” gets a little fuzzier. Admittedly, there are a number of terms below that require some sort of regulatory approval or generally conform to generally accepted standards but the rest …well…we’ll get to those terms in a minute.  The key to reading wine labels is knowing which terms are really relevant and which ones are fluff designed to entice and/or mislead.  Continue reading

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