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Articles under "wine"

8 Step Beginner’s Guide to French Wine

The most celebrated red wines, white wines, sparkling wines, and sweet wines all come from France, who has led the world in winemaking for centuries. According to “French Wine For Dummies,” French wines differ from American wines in three major … Continue reading

The People Behind The Wineries of Chianti Classico

Now that you’ve gotten to know the region of Chianti Classico, it’s time to get to know the people behind it. Watch the videos to get to know some of what we consider to be the best wineries of Chianti … Continue reading

Top 5 Champagne for Valentine’s Day

In romance territory which can come close to popping the question, the best way to approach this romantic day is to pop a bottle of champagne. Champagne is never overrated.  Yes, people expect champagne on special occasions but unlike any … Continue reading

What’s The Best Alcohol To Drink While Dieting?

Drinking wine, beer, or hard liquor while dieting can be a mixed bag. On one hand, having a drink may take the edge off any anxiety dieting may create, but may also make you lose self-control causing you to overeat. … Continue reading

French Cows Fed Fine Wine to Produce Primo Beef

Writing for The Telegraph, Peter Allen in Paris reports on French cows being fed up to two bottles of high quality wine every day as part of a project to produce the best beef in Europe. Allen claims the “Vinbovin” … Continue reading

Top Ten Affordable Sparkling Wines

More sparkling wine is consumed during the holidays than at any other time of year, and some sparkling wines are an attractive alternative to Champagne because of their quality and affordable price. GAYOT.com suggests these Top 10 Sparkling Wines featuring … Continue reading

Ristorante Poggio Rosso, Chianti Classico

The hospitality at Borgo San Felice is hard to match. While waiting for our wine tour to begin, we had the opportunity to look over the menu from the estate’s formal dining restaurant, Ristorante Poggio Rosso. I made a remark … Continue reading

Le Miccine Winery -Chianti Classico Winemaker Paula Papini Cook

When you first think of the wines of Chianti Classico, a chipper 29-year-old Canadian woman may not come to mind. This is just one of many surprises you will encounter in Chianti. Innovative winemakers like Paula Papini Cook should definitely … Continue reading

Chianti Classico: The Ultimate Wine Lover’s Destination

I grew up in a New Jersey town where a large percentage of the population was Italian. Seeing backyards full of grapevines was not an uncommon sight. Wine was made in garages and bottles of Chianti bought at stores usually … Continue reading

Top 10 Affordable Holiday Champagnes

According to the Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, written by Tom Stevenson and published since 1988 by Dorling Kindersley, the oldest recorded sparkling wine is Blanquette de Limoux, invented by Benedictine Monks in 1531. The monks bottled the wine before the initial … Continue reading

Ron Rubin Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2013

I’m thrilled when the office receives samples. I’m even happier when the samples are of delicious wine. Last week we got a bottle of the Ron Rubin Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2013. I am thrilled to say it’s lovely. Antonio and … Continue reading

New Discovery On Origin of Wine Tannins

Tannins are found mostly in red wines, derived primarily from grape skins, seeds and stems, but also from oak barrels. Tannin acts as a natural preservative that helps wine age and develop. (Source) Red wines tend to have higher tannins … Continue reading

Woodwork Winery’s 2013 Pinot Noir is Exceptionally Smooth

Pinot Noir is typically considered earthy with vivid fruity flavors of ripe red fruit, cherry, chocolate, toast and spices. It’s a challenging grape variety known for its difficulty to make into good wine. The grape is thin-skinned, late ripening, and … Continue reading

Drinking Champagne Could Delay Alzheimer’s And Improve Memory

Studies show moderate champagne blanc de noir consumption may slow down Alzheimer Disease Continue reading

Ultimate Guide to Celebrity Wine

A complete list of celebrity wines Continue reading

Caymus Vineyards

I’m sure you’re familiar with Caymus wine. Caymus is Napa royalty, known for their gorgeous reds and for the many generations of wine makers they have produced, but did you know their whites are kick ass wines? Damn right they are. I … Continue reading

Spring Recipes: David Noto’s Citrus Spritz

David Noto is the founder of Altaneve, who descended from over ten generations of Italian wine makers. He grew up in a family whose history was entrenched in the world of winemaking. He worked as an engineer in Italy, but … Continue reading

How Many Drinks A Day is Too Many Health Wise?

For years, study after study has suggested moderate drinking — four or less drinks a day for men and three or less for women — has health benefits ranging from lowering cholesterol, preventing type 2 diabetes and strokes, to boosting … Continue reading

Colorado Restaurant Debuts Marijuana Food Pairing Menu

In high-end restaurants, expertise in food and wine pairing is handled by wine stewards or sommeliers, but now a new category of food paring may have emerged. (source) The future of fine dining may require sommeliers to recommend more than … Continue reading

Top 10 Health Benefits From Drinking Alcohol

Many would argue that drinking alcohol harms more people than it helps, but generally speaking the dangers and risks are rooted in excessive consumption. “One of the most consistent findings in recent nutrition research is that moderate alcohol consumption can … Continue reading

Four Sparkling Wine Foodparing Tips For The Holidays

Sparkling wine is fun and festive and more sparkling wine is consumed during the holidays than at any other time of year. California sparkling wines are hearty Champagne competitors because of their quality and affordable price. Sparkling wine’s brut (dry) … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: John Brahm’s Burgundy Baked Brie

Arbor Hill Winery is a rarity nowadays. It is a family business that goes back generations. In the early 1900’s, on John Brahm’s side of the family, Anna Randall wed Elmer Standish and began a Naples grape-growing tradition. This tradition … Continue reading

2nd Week Of Manhattan Fraud Trial in Huge Counterfeit Wine Case

Last week, Rudy Kurniawan, who accumulated one of the world’s premier wine collections worth more than 50,000 bottles of the most celebrated Bordeaux and Burgundy wines of the last century, went on trial in Manhattan federal court. (source) Kurniawan was … Continue reading

Top 10 Champagne Gift Sets

Sharing Champagne with friends and family is a great way to celebrate the holidays. In fact, Champagne also makes a wonderful gift this time of year. (See out top ten list of affordable Champagnes) And some Champagne retailers have crafted … Continue reading

Beaujolais Nouveau Day in France – One Wild Celebration

Fireworks, music, festivals, and wild publicity events accompany the celebration in France of Beaujolais Nouveau Day, which takes place on the third Thursday in November. (Source) Beaujolais Nouveau is a light bodied, purple-pink fruity wine and the most popular vin … Continue reading

It’s Almost Here: Alcohol With An Antidote And No Hangover

In the not too distant future if you’ve had one too many and are too drunk to drive home you won’t have to call a cab. After you’ve taken the antidote pill the bartender has stocked behind the bar, you’ll … Continue reading

St. Emilion 2009 & 2010 – Simply WOW!

Just got home from the Grand Crus Classes of Saint-Emilion tasting tour. Holey Smokes! I was floored. There was not one bad wine at the tasting. This was seriously delicious stuff. For the most part, the 2009′s were tasting better than the … Continue reading

How Bars Calculate Those Astronomical Drink Prices

Check-in app Foursquare claims during the first week of the shutdown, check-ins at bars increased by over 50 percent. But over time, bars returned back to or below pre-shutdown levels, and more people were going to dive bars than usual. … Continue reading

The Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction: Taste the Tradition

Antonio and I wanted to do something truly special for our 10th non-wedding Anniversary. We’ve seen people get married, get divorced, have children, get married again, then go through their second divorce. We work and live together and I think … Continue reading

Exposing the Myth of Food and Wine Pairing

Food and wine pairing is an attempt to match a specific wine with certain foods to enhance the dining experience. Wine was historically served with food because it was considered safer than some local water supplies, but no actual pairing was … Continue reading

How Wine Labels Entice Consumers Into Buying

In his new book 99 Bottles of Wine, David Schuemann exposes wine industry secrets regarding the manipulative craft of wine label design and the use of subliminal techniques to motivate consumers to buy a specific brand.  (Source) Schuemann’s book also … Continue reading

Vin De France Wines – A New Generation of French Wines

Since 2010, Vin de France has been characterized as a table wine from France replacing the former Vin de Table category. Vin de France is a new wine classification encompassing all wines without regional geographical indication.  (Source) These wines state … Continue reading

Cabernet Wine Exclusively for Cats Unveiled in Japan

B&H Lifes, a pet supplement manufacturer in Japan, has raised the bar when it comes to pampering your pet with the latest novelty. (Source) The company is offering wine exclusively made for felines called “Nyan Nyan Nouveau” — Japanese for … Continue reading

Three Ways To Enhance Restaurant Wine Sales

The Cornell Food and Brand Lab website caters to educators, health professionals, and consumers interested in food psychology, and was founded at the University of Illinois in 1992 by Professor Brian Wansink and moved to Cornell University in 2005. The … Continue reading


You’ve heard of Sommeliers. Some of you think that “wine experts” are BS. This girl is kinda impressed with them. SOMM follows Sommelier hopefuls a few weeks prior to their 2011 exam which is given by the Court of Master Sommeliers. … Continue reading

Sonoma, CA…What’s Not to Love

You say you are looking for a place with gentle weather, top notch food, gorgeous wine, and nature? That’s Sonoma. I find myself going to Sonoma over and over again. This could be because I’m a huge wine afficionado and … Continue reading

The Wiesenthal Center Calls For Global Boycott of “Hitler Wine”

Last month, Rupert Millar with The Drinks Business, a European trade publication, reported that The Wiesenthal Center called for a global boycott of the “Hitler wine” produced by Vini Lunardelli. (Source) Millar notes the wine is part of a “Historical … Continue reading

Domaine Vincent et François Jouard

Domaine Vincent et François Jouard is a family owned estate in the Chassagne-Montrachet appellation of Burgundy France. Some of Frances best Chardonnays are made there. Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Chad Musick’s Spanish Sangria

There’s nothing better in the Summer than a perfectly made sangria. The recipe varies from person to person, but when you find a fool proof technique, you need to savor it for the rest of your life. We reached out … Continue reading