How to Read a Wine Label

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Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’re all set to purchase a bottle of wine, but you’re overwhelmed by the variety. A bottle catches your eye. Maybe it’s the label, or the shape, or the color. You pick it up and read, and then put it back because you’re not entirely sure what you just… Read more »

Wine Tasting Basics

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First, go to a wine tasting. Second, get a glass of wine. Third, taste the wine. Enjoy! Seriously though, while it can be that simple, knowing a few wine tasting basics will help you appreciate the experience even more. Once you’ve gotten a taste for tastings (so to speak) at local wineries or pubs, try… Read more »

Wine storage 101

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Walking into a fancy wine cellar feels like invading a museum after hours: the hushed tones, chilly air, mood lighting, and the way the wine is laid out protectively like precious ancient pottery. Most of us don’t have that kind of space or those kinds of funds. We might have a few wines we want… Read more »

11 Expensive Wine Myths Debunked

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The wine world runs on myths. Wine is not like designer clothing that you can touch, or a car you can test drive. We don’t really know what’s inside the bottle, so how are we induced to spend $30—or $300—to find out? Sometimes it’s with good information, and many expensive wines really are delicious and… Read more »

5 Tips for Starting a Wine Collection

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As with other ventures in life, a wine cellar should stem from a passion for wine rather than monetary gain. The primary goal should be to collect wine that you like to drink and share with friends and family. As your experience and collection grows you can begin to add bottles of greater value for… Read more »

Cooking with Wine: What You Need to Know

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Cooking with wine is like this: splash in the pan, splash in your glass. Voilà! Now you can cook with wine! Master this concept along with the tips below, and your definition of being a “seasoned” wine drinker just became a whole lot more interesting. Pick your price You’ve heard it before: never cook with… Read more »