Styles of Chardonnay + Quick Wine Tips

Common Chardonnay Questions Do you have a Dry Chardonnay? All Chardonnay is Dry unless labeled sweet. What’s the best chardonnay wine? Depends on your taste and style preference. What makes Chardonnay Creamy and Buttery? MLF (Malolactic Fermentation) What is MLF? This is a process used to decrease acidity in wine by adding lactic acid. (Always used in red wine, but

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Syrah Vs. Shiraz – DING! DING! DING!

What’s the difference between Syrah and Shiraz? This is a very common question and while it may be common wine logic to some, it’s still a mystery to the average wine drinker.  Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape.  The difference between Shiraz and Syrah comes down to style. Shiraz is what “Syrah” is called in Australia; everywhere else around

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Wine Grapes: 101

Ever wonder what grapes are used to make wine?  The grapes you find in the supermarket like concord grapes are not grapes used to make wine, so what are the grapes used to make wine??? We’re more familiar with the names of these wine grapes than we realize: Wine Grape Names Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah or Shiraz, Zinfandel,

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How to Become a Sommelier: Part 2

“Learning to be a Sommelier” Previously I covered the basic process of how to become a Sommelier.  Now I want to go a little deeper.  What does a Sommelier have to learn about wine?  Is a Sommelier a winemaker?  Do you only need to learn wine to become a sommelier? Here is just a brief outline on areas of study

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