Wine Facts [Part 5]

What does “Reserve” mean and how does it affect the price of the wine? How does the alcohol content affect the wine? What is the difference between neutral oak vs. new oak? How many bubbles are in one bottle of Champagne? You’ll find all the answers to these questions below. …

Understanding A Wine Label

The content of a wine label can be quite complicated or in some cases very minimal. It carries some information that can help the consumer determine the characteristics of the wine and evaluate it before making a purchase. The information differs based on the country of origin and local laws …

Large Format Bottles

The Wine Ponderer has already written about Wine Bottle Shapes And Sizes.  But I wanted to address why the sizes of bottles matter. Have you ever walked into a restaurant or a wine store and seen the very large bottles of wine?  What is up with that?  How practical is …

Wine Cork Story [Part 2]

Cork, synthetic or screw tops… Is there one better than the other? Yesterday, I bought 2 bottles of wine with a screw top. Don’t judge! The opening procedure was quite unorthodox and far from being romantic. The scratchy, metallic sound approximating that of a bottle of soda being opened was quite …

Wine Facts [Part 4]

How long will wine last in a bottle that’s been opened?  What does “toast” have to do with wine?  How many wineries are there in the United States?  These and many other questions about wine will be answered here.   LEFTOVER WINE There is no specific length of time of …

Wine-Tasting Party

So you want to host a wine-tasting party? What a wonderful idea! Whether you’re a novice or an expert, a wine-tasting party is an elegant, entertaining and fun way to learn about wine.   Here is what you’ll need:   • FRIENDS – You need friends because wine tastes better …

Recorking Wine

Re-corking aged wines is a rare practice that consists of retiring the old cork of a wine bottle and replacing it with a brand new one. As an average, some wineries suggest replacing the cork every 20-30 years. Some recommend doing it after 15 years. Since a lot of wine consumption …

Wine Cork Story [Part 1]

Where does cork come from? Corks are made out of… well, cork. It is harvested from a tree called “Quercus suber“, Latin for oak cork (chêne liège in French). These trees have a life expectancy of two to six hundred years. They primarily grow in countries that run along the coast …

Wine Stories [Part 1]

Wine is the original alcoholic beverage. It dates back 8,000 years! With so many intriguing and insightful stories, it would take years and hundreds of thousands of people to tell them all. Some of them will be mentioned in this humble space called “Wine Stories”. This is part 1 of an …

Wine Facts [Part 3]

What is the difference between the aroma and the bouquet when it comes to wine?  What is a “blind tasting”?  What does it mean when a wine has “legs”?  These and many other questions about wine will be answered here.   EXPERT WINE PEOPLE • A sommelier is a French …