Sparkling Wine Names

Do you know your sparklers? Sparkling wine names – or denominations – are designated based on the wine’s country of origin. Depending on your location, you may refer to sparkling wines as Champagne, Spumante, or just… sparkling wine. This nomenclatural war started in the Champagne province of France where local …

How To Make Airplane Wine Taste Better

  “Good afternoon passengers. This is your Wine Ponder captain speaking.”   Traveling abroad is fun. As much as we love home, leaving the daily routine brings excitement and the second we board that plane, we forget all of our worries and peacefully surrender to the captain and his crew …

Wine Label – Message On A Bottle

A wine label is a message ON a bottle. What’s outside the bottle counts, too. It is the beginning of a story, a preamble to what’s inside. As I said in previous posts, a label is a major factor that influences our decision to buy or pass. In some cases, …

Wine Facts [Part 7]

TERMINOLOGY ON LABELS The following terminology can sometimes be used in the US in labeling less expensive wines – Champagne, Port, Madeira, Chablis, and Chianti. Their terms actually refer to specific places in Europe and can technically only be used for wines from those areas. SEE ALSO: Understanding A Wine Label …

Wine Discounts And Price Tags

Buying has become a necessity of our modern times and buyers always love a good discount. When buying a car, a new pair of shoes, or the latest and greatest smartphone, special offers and discounts are always welcome. Wine is no exception. If I happen to be in a grocery …

Wine Facts [Part 6]

What are those little whites lines near the punt of a Champagne bottle? What does dégorgement mean and how does it work? What is the difference between appellation (AVA) versus grape varietal? And finally, what is Noble Rot? You’ll find all the answers to these questions in the following wine facts. …

Optimal Wine Serving Temperature

A few months ago, I wrote about the ideal wine storage, and gave out a few tips on how to store wine without a wine cellar. Storing your wine for proper aging is important, and serving it at the right temperature is just as critical. Optimal wine serving temperature can turn a …

French Wine Terms Translation

Have you ever wondered what those French words on wine labels mean? Conveniently, I am fluent in both French and Wine languages, and I can help you understand those terms. Now you might say: “Why?! I only drink California wine!” While I respect your decision, the fact is that those terms are used …

Wine Facts And Figures

Wine is not a numbers game, unless wine scores and point systems are mentioned. While consuming wine, I never think about how much it costs, or how many glasses are left in the bottle. I enjoy the moment to its fullest and ponder the wine that brings joy and happiness …