Understanding U.S. Wine Laws – Know what you’re drinking!!!

What are wine laws? Wine laws can create a higher standard and quality of wine production and tells you what Appellation the wine comes from. Appellation is just a fancy word for a wine growing area. Wine laws differ from country to country. U.S. wine laws are known as the A.V.A. or American Viticultural Area. Why are wine laws important

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The Basics of Tasting Wine

Wine Tasting Terms to Know The Nose:  pretty self-explanatory; it’s what you smell. The Palate:  This is what you taste and feel.  Things you feel would be the body, acidity and tannin. Bouquet:  Smells associated with Fruity or Floral qualities. Aromas:  Smells anything other than Fruit or Floral.  These generally come from the wine aging. Maybe the snobbiest thing associated

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Wine Basics: How to Decant Wine and Wine Sediment

I know for many of my current readers this is common sense, but I’ve had a rash of decanting questions lately, so I thought I’d give a quick little informational. How do you decant wine? -Pour the entire bottle of wine into a decanter or carafe. -Place an aerator in the mouth of the bottle or one that sits on

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The Truth about Sweet Wine and Dry Wine

Here’s a quick blog to clear up Sweet and Dry Wines. Sweet Wine and Dry Wine is something that many people get mixed up.  I’d say one of more common requests I receive when when a guest orders wine would be, “I’d like a wine that isn’t sweet.”  To give a better example:  Guests might ask for a Chardonnay that

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Common Wine Pairing Mistake, Plus Wine Pairing Tips!

Food Pairing Tip:  Whether it’s white wine or red wine, you should start with light-bodied wines that are less intense and then progress to fuller-bodied wines that are more intense as the meal progresses. A mistake people make when buying wine in a restaurant is ordering two wines in the wrong order. People start with red wine then move to

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