Wine Facts [Part 8] – A Butt Of Wine

BUTT A “butt” was a medieval unit of measure used for wine and other alcoholic beverages. It is also a large cask (also called a pipe) that contains about 475 litres (126 gallons) of wine. That means if you fill the barrel up, you technically have a buttload of wine! The inner …

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 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. …

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 …

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. …

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 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 …

Wine Facts [Part 1]

What does the most expensive bottle of wine cost?  How did the wine industry start in the United States?  What is the most efficient way to chill a bottle of wine?  These and many other questions about wine will be answered here.   PRICE TAG • The most expensive bottle price …