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Wine & Spirits Information

Counting Carbs With Wine


The recent health claims that wines have antioxidants in them that may block free radicals, prevent heart disease, cancer, and other conditions associated with aging seems to have some validity. Polyphenol, catechin, and cholesterol-reducing resveratrol are found predominately in red wines in various degrees.

A Private Owners Guide to Bottling Fine Whisky


The majority of private owners of whisky casks are looking for an assessment of their options. The purpose of this article is to help answer questions that private owners may have about bottling their whisky casks.

The Harmony Between Food and Wine


Wine is a social drink which should be enjoyed in the company of friends and ..

Using Cooking Wine


Cooking wine is sort of a holdover from prohibition. People who grew up thinking Alcohol is Evil didn't want to have any in their homes.

Guide To Tasting Wine


The basics of tasting wine are relatively simple to learn. Once the fundamentals are mastered, the nuances and details can be enhanced over a lifetime.

Wine Etiquette With Ease


Correct wine etiquette makes the tasting experience much more enjoyable. Like most interests, there is a set of protocol that most wine lovers adhere to.

The Curious History Of Wine Consumption In America


The history of wine consumption in America has been frought with starts, stops, and inconsistencies. The American population has always had a love-hate relationship with alcohol.

Hosting A Wine Tasting Party


As your love and knowledge of wine grows, it is inevitable that you will want to share your revelations with friends and family. Hosting a wine tasting party is a great way to do this.

Beer, Wine and Your Bones


If you like the taste of a good brew, then here is some good news! In a recent research study of over 2,900 women and men, researchers found that beer, which contains silicon, may promote bone health. Silicon is a mineral that is thought to stimulate collagen production, which is a building block in bone formation.

The Mystery of Decanting


Decanting is a strange word to many people. Some do not even know what it means exactly.

Start Your Wine Cellar The Right Way


One of the great joys of wine is to be able to select a bottle from your own cellar, perhaps one that you've been storing for some years, draw the cork and enjoy it with friends. You can marvel at the changes brought on by maturity and, as a bonus, you can brag about the price you paid and congratulate yourself on picking up such a bargain!However, wine is an ever-changing thing and how it is stored will directly affect how quickly and how well it ages!Storing wine is very simple ?It requires a constant temperature, humidity, darkness, stillness and a well-ventilated and clean environment.

Ideal Wine Temperature


The ideal temperature to store wines is between 55F and 58F (13C-15C). However, any temperature between 40-65F (5-18C) will suffice as long as it remains constant.

Wine, Wine, Wine


What in the world is up!Was there a full moon or something? As I went through this past week I was struck by what seemed to be the theme for the week. I came to the conclusion that there are some career whiners out there.

An Introduction to Wine


What is wine?Wine has been made for centuries from just a two simple ingredients: yeast and grape juice. Actually, just about any fruit juice can be used, but by far the majority of all wine is made from the juice of the grape.

Rare Varietals Cure Wine Boredom


The future of the Australian wine industry will be shaped by a group of innovative grapegrowers and winemakers who are busily experimenting with new varieties in new regions.The phenomenal success of the industry in producing quality wine at competitive prices does not need recounting here.

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09/10/2017 09:02 PM
It's Easy To Find Breweries Near Me If I Do This
You may be saying to no one in particular, "Hey, I really want to find breweries near me, but I have no idea where to look or how to even start searching." It might be important to start by trying to defining what it is you are looking for in a brewery.
09/01/2017 03:04 PM
How Many Types Of Beer Are Available To Drink?
Keep reading to know more about 23 different types of beers. Ale: Originally liquor made from an infusion of malt by fermentation, as opposed to beer, which was made by the same process but flavoured with hops. Today ale is used for all beers other than stout.
09/01/2017 10:14 AM
Know Your Red Wine Varieties
If you're having a dinner party and have no idea of the difference between a shiraz and a cabernet you need to get educated! Knowing your wine varieties and the foods they should be paired with will impress your guests and allow for some interesting topics of conversation as you impart pearls of wisdom. Read our article to find out more about red wines and where the originate from.
08/15/2017 12:06 PM
The Lugana Doc Consortium and Its Wines
Situated in the Lake Garda territory, the Lugana wine region offers great wines whose origin was certified in the 1700. The Lugana microclimate, which benefits from the temperate breezes of Lake Garda, is mild and seldom subject to sharp changes in temperature between night and day. It truly is the perfect "climatic cradle" for nurturing and enhancing the peculiar characteristics of grape cultivars. Discover one of the wine Italian excellence.
08/06/2017 06:53 PM
Is the Wine Industry Ready for New Label Technology?
Some wine label content is required by law but that does not mean labels are to be void of creativity. Labels act as a billboard and the window through which consumers get the first glimpse into the soul of a wine. In 3 seconds the label must invite the consumer to explore all the information on the bottle and decide to try. The product will then dictate the future sucess of the product with that consumer. Labels will not make a bad wine good. Holograms are now pushing their way into the wine label arena because holograms are fun and entertaining. Holograms do invite consumer to explore products and stimulate sales. 3-D labels have been around for 40 years; just now getting into wine.
07/18/2017 08:23 AM
Benefits of Drinking Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Alcohol-free drinks are growing in popularity because they offer the same satisfaction as an alcoholic beverage without its ill effects. They serve as a healthy substitute for their alcoholic counterparts.
07/17/2017 04:04 PM
Wines From Around The Globe
Riesling is one of the great white grapes. It produces wines that vary by region, but they share a great many traits. This wine is often highly fragrant, very delicious and food-friendly. It is a light-skinned, aromatic grape of German origin which is the world's finest white-wine grape variety.
07/17/2017 04:04 PM
Elegant Wines to Savor
Pinot Noir is a red wine grape variety. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from Pinot Noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler climates, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France.
07/17/2017 04:04 PM
Wine Lovers
Merlot wine is first class. Not only does it command the highest respect in the wine world, Merlot also tastes great with food. Merlot a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for a variety of wines. The name Merlot is thought to be the French name for the blackbird.
07/17/2017 04:04 PM
Wines Worthy of Your Wine Cellar
Chardonnay Wine is the most popular wine in the world today. Wine lovers in Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand, United States, Denmark and Belgium are enjoying this very versatile wine.
07/17/2017 04:03 PM
Chablis Wine
The Chablis region is the northernmost wine district of the Burgundy region in France. The cool climate of this region produces wines with more acidity and flavors less fruity than Chardonnay wines grown in warmer climates. Thes wines often described as steely. To make a true Chablis it is required to use Chardonnay grapes only.
07/17/2017 04:02 PM
Wines From Bordeaux, France
Bordeauxx ("Bore-doe") refers to a wine from Bordeaux, France. over 90% of Bordeaux wines are red wines made with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, petit Verdot and Malbec.
07/17/2017 04:02 PM
The Romance of Wine
This is all about Fine Wine and what I refer to as Wine Magic. There are so many ways to enjoy Wine, and when you add Wine to specific activities, Magic happens. Calming, relaxing and stress relieved Wine Magic! Activities To Best Enjoy Along a Glass of Fine Wine.
07/17/2017 04:01 PM
Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins in South West France. Sauvignon produces a crisp, dry, and refreshing white wine. It's long been used to make world-class wines from Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Yet in recent decades, Sauvignon Blanc has become an everyday favorite thanks to the New World winemakers of New Zealand.
07/17/2017 03:59 PM
Wine Cellar Favorites
Also known as Primitivo, is a variety of black-skinned wine grape. The variety is grown in over 10 percent of California vineyards. The grape found its way to the United States in the mid-19th century, where it became known by variations of the name "Zinfandel", a name which is probably of Austrian origin.
07/16/2017 09:36 AM
Five Places to Discover New Craft Beer
The craft beer movement is all the rage and has been for a number of years now. Part of what has made this particular fermented beverage renaissance is the fact that so many people have decided that they want more of a farm-to-market approach to their beer. So much emphasis is placed on knowing the places where are food comes from that it was almost inevitable that something as socially, and culturally, important as beer would follow suit.
07/13/2017 02:13 PM
Reliable Israeli Wines - Truth or Fiction?
Reviews of some current Israeli wines in the marketplace. Are they reliable?
07/13/2017 12:30 PM
When Drinking Wine Stemware Does Make a Difference
So many times and so many places I have been served wine in thick, clumsy and entirely inappropriate stemware and in some cases glasses that were also being used as water glasses. Charming and rustic you might say? Well go ahead and keep saying that if you want your wine tasting far less that it can be.
07/07/2017 09:55 AM
Corks Can Live Long After the Wine Is Gone
Wine bottles seem to be the most obvious items recycled from the wine industry. Many people do not even think about corks as being a recycling option from that empty bottle of wine. In fact, cork as a closure, is the most ecological friendly of all closure options, including aluminum and plastic. The cork is harvested without destroying any trees, in fact the trees reproduce the cork bark and are ready for re-harvesting in 7 to 9 years. When you see a cork recycling box at you grocery store or wine merchant, realize that there is an active and growing community of people re-purposing corks.
07/03/2017 04:25 PM
Shiraz Vs Syrah - What's the Difference?
What's the real difference between Shiraz and Syrah? A little more detailed than you think.
06/28/2017 02:48 PM
Get the Skinny on Sulfates and Organic Wines
This article can clear up questions associated with the use of sulfites in winemaking, weather they are harmful or not and the difference between Organic and Biodynamic wines. In other words drinking green.
06/27/2017 10:22 AM
Wine Accessories for Gifts
A true wine lover not only loves to drink it, but share it with special people. Accessories make wine drinking an experience, a true art for the senses.
06/22/2017 02:12 PM
Satisfying Wine and Beer Pairings for Lamb
Learn how to pair your lamb dish with the perfect wine or beer! Both red and white wine are great options for lamb, and beer is even better!
06/14/2017 10:18 PM
Competing Theories of the Roots of Agave Distillation in Mexico
There has been much debate regarding the origins of distillation in Mexico and the production of agave spirits such as mezcal. For decades it was assumed that the arrival of the Spanish during The Conquest marked it's origins, having learned from alchemist Moors to distill as early as the 8th century AD. But literature noting Filipino seamen landing on Mexico's west coast and distilling fermented coconut in clay vessels, and the more recent publication of a book urging us to believe that the indigenous peoples of the country were distilling more than two thousand years ago, suggest that there are no easy or steadfast answers, with doubts remaining.
06/13/2017 09:21 AM
Australian White Wine Varieties
Australia has some excellent wine growing regions that have developed full bodied wine flavours from imported wine stock. Find out more about Australian white wine and where the best wine comes from.
06/02/2017 11:59 AM
Prosecco - 12 Things Most People Don't Know
There are an awful lot of people enjoying Prosecco all over the UK, but how much do we actually know about the UKs favourite sparkler? This article aims to amuse and inform all you Prosecco fans.
05/25/2017 08:12 AM
Automated Harvesting Grapes Is Only Part of The Cost Savings Story From The Vineyard
Automation is impacting our lives beyond just what we experience with iPhones or automobiles--automation is taking over vineyards. There is a point where certain types of costs in producing wine must be addressed in order for producers to put out a product most people can afford. Labor is getting to be expensive and hard to find at almost any price. We already know grapes can be picked mechanically, but did you know the maintenance of the vineyard is complicated, requires precision and is more labor intense than the harvest itself? Vines must be tended and the vineyard floor must be protected--wine starts with agriculture. And automation is part of the process.
05/10/2017 08:24 AM
Do You Believe Research Findings Even When Reported About Wine?
Over the years you have probably read about all the research that touts the benefits and risks of drinking wine. We generally believe these research results because we see them in print or on the Internet. Don't be fooled into believing everything because you see it published. Even noted researchers say most published research findings are false; promoted by special interest who have an agenda. Wine is like all industries, they want to promote their product benefits and help sell their wines. Wine is great but maybe consume it because you like it not for what can be false benefit claims.
04/25/2017 08:20 AM
5 Common Mistakes People Make When Ordering Craft Beer
The world of craft beer is a new and exciting one, with new micro-breweries opening each day across the country. The art of these local, homemade-esque brews is that creativity is key and invention is next. In other words, large corporations have their place in the alcohol market, but local places are starting to take root and a whole new culture of beer is cropping up. If you are new to the scene, worry not, as there really are no hard and fast rules. There are, however, a few guidelines to help you feel more comfortable when ordering your first craft beer. Take a look at the following mistakes to avoid:
04/19/2017 12:19 PM
Mezcal De Pechuga From Oaxaca, Mexico: Historical Account of the Agave Distillate
One of the most unusual beverages produced in Mexico is mezcal de pechuga, most commonly distilled in the southern state of Oaxaca. Where, when and why a Mexican first experimented with creating a spirit using raw chicken or turkey breast is open to speculation. But this account takes its "invention" to the 1930s, and provides names, context and other details for a compelling account to the earliest formulation of the agave based Mexican spirit.
03/29/2017 08:58 AM
Is Wine Good For You?
You should not binge on wine. In other words, if you take one or two units of wine on a daily basis, it may give some benefits for your cardiac health. Some people say that red wine is more beneficial than other types of wines. However, this is a controversial topic. Let's look at some facts and find out if wine is good for you.
03/27/2017 12:07 PM
Smart Drinking - Forget the Hangover
The best way to prevent a drink smart, prevent a hangover and be safe. I am all for reckless partying but why should you suffer in the morning?
03/24/2017 08:28 AM
Buy Your Wine Direct From the Winery
Direct to consumer sales of wines are absolutely an unqualified success and it isn't for inexpensive wines either. Average prices paid for DtC purchases can easily be $80 per bottle and consumers can find $200 per bottle of high-end wines. Depending on amount of wine purchased from the winery, some shipping costs can be waived.
03/22/2017 11:51 AM
Difference About Wine & Brewing Beer
Brewing has been around for many enormous quantities of years, with the earliest archaeological evidence showing that alcoholic drinks had been made in historical Egypt. The process entails the fermentation of the sugars contained in vegetable products. Even though the fundamental idea in all alcohol making is equivalent, the processing of beers and wines could be very special, leading to precise drinks.
03/06/2017 08:32 AM
Fun With a Wine & Cheese Party
Another fun idea for a party that's simple and easy is wine and cheese. Think of it as a dinner party with relatively easy prep and clean up.
03/03/2017 02:22 PM
Education and Artisanal Mezcal Production in Oaxaca, Mexico
Recently a new trend has begun to emerge in artisanal mezcal production in Oaxaca, the southern Mexico state where most of the spirit is distilled. The makers, known as palenqueros, are now investing their disposable income in educating their children; often the first generation in families dating back centuries, to send their children to university. But these graduates, be it in law, engineering, business administration, linguistics, or otherwise, are not simply obtaining their degrees and leaving home, but rather they are at least initially using their knowledge to help their families advance their economic lot in the artisanal mezcal industry.
03/03/2017 08:10 AM
An Option to Pressure Sensitive Labels For Small Craft Beer and Wine Producers
There is a great alternative to traditional labels for small runs of wine and craft beers. With craft beers it is expensive to print directly on a supply of cans--especially when the immediate need is for small quantities of custom images on cans or paper labels on bottles. Look at shrink sleeve labels for a cost effective professional image.
02/27/2017 02:08 PM
Bottle Service - What's the Story?
If You Want to Get Noticed, Get Table Reservation If you want the ultimate VIP experience at the best nightclubs in the country, go for bottle service.Many nightclubs have developed into epic parties with the presence of celebrities, world famous DJs and live concert-like presentations. It is obvious how these draw massive crowds, and most of the time, jam-packed nightclubs.
02/25/2017 11:11 AM
Forward Looking - Trends in the Craft Beer Industry
Often I wonder if the craft beer sector is a passing fancy. Craft catergoy has been around now for a couple of decades and probably became most famous the Sam Adams. Of course home brewing was been around for a very long time. Within craft beer there are several renderings of the definition-Macro Breweries, Micro Breweries, Nano Breweries, Brewpubs, and Home Brewers; all categories are defined by the volume of their production. The industry may consolidate, but it is with us for the foreseeable future. Craft beer is a trend for sure.
02/16/2017 08:53 AM
A Wine Bar And Restaurant Share The Basic Wine Characteristics You Must Know
Wine characteristics will help identify as well as relate different wines to each other. These will include the level of dryness, body, fruit, tannin and acidity.
02/14/2017 09:35 AM
Drink Special Apps - Do They Work?
Bars and restaurants need a better way to get the word out about drink specials and happy hours. Facebook pages are not effective enough, but that's what most are using right now.
02/09/2017 08:03 AM
There Are a Lot of Ways to Get a Wine to Market and It Doesn't Involve Making the Wine
Wine drinkers often look at wines like kids in a candy store; engrossed by all the neat labels and varieties. Such people may even anticipate finding a new wine that really surprises them with a great taste, aromas, color or the amazing feel in the mouth. Rarely do wine drinkers understand the complexity of the industry as a whole. Further, most people do not understand that the wine they like may not be being sold by a physical winery. These wines are called Bulk Wines and there are very sound and bone-fide reasons why bulk wines are produced; lucky for the wine drinkers!
12/16/2016 02:32 PM
Making A Wine May Not Be Easy, But It Could Be Simple - Starting Off Small
Custom Crush could be the key element in testing the viability of a new wine creation or wine project. Whatever the goal, there are so many options available to make premium private labeled wine. But, the trick to to start exploring all the options. People make wines for gifts, wedding favors, corporate promotions and some make wine to test a market for their new wine concept. Boutique award winning wines often come from people who do not own the winery property or even the vineyards. As they say in the Lottery games--if you don't play you for sure will not win. Maybe you might look at Custom Crush options?
12/06/2016 08:25 AM
Winemaking May Have Traditional Approaches But Research Is Keeping It On the Edge
Forty years ago a winery in Argentina decided to step up to the plate with a major commitment to wine research. That research, which I think has highlighted the importance of understanding terroir. Now that original effort found its way to UC Davis and more research is ongoing. Yes, terroir does matter and better wines can come about when winemakers understand how to use terroir research.
11/29/2016 12:55 PM
Craft Brewers Are Migrating East
What is the deal with all these fancy beers nowadays eh? I mean come on who wants to pay $5-6 bucks a draft or $10 bucks per 6-pack? Nobody right?
11/21/2016 09:37 AM
Calories in Wine - White Vs Red
Invariably, you will see an assortment of articles which will tell you that you should avoid wine if you are attempting to lose weight. These reports will point to the high amount of calories in wine, especially calories which these reports will say come from sugar.
10/31/2016 09:15 AM
Wine Must Breathe, But Not Too Much
There is nothing simple about making fine wine and if you expect it to get better with age, the process gets real complicated. The bottle closure is a regulator of oxygen that interacts with wine in the bottle; just like oak barrel. Therefore, the winemaker must chose the closure wisely because every closure has its drawbacks. Nonetheless, its hard to be time proven and honored traditions.
10/25/2016 09:12 AM
Yes There Are Package and Product Innovations In the Wine Industry, Not Just In Beer and Cider
Consumers see a lot indicators of the changes in product and packaging relative to beverages business. The latest are NFL team logos on a can of beer. Less noticed are the innovations coming out of the wine industry. But, wine is an industry involved in a special aura of romance, tradition, ritual and a sipping enjoyment; you sip wine and not drink it. Here we take a look at the meaning of innovations in the drinks business--alcohol and non-alcohol and get a feel for the innovations in each industry.
10/18/2016 10:55 AM
Australia Wine Region
Usually when you think about Australia, the last thing that comes up in your mind is wine. But don`t be fooled, Australia has some of the best and most awarded wines worldwide.
10/17/2016 10:44 AM
Are You Buying Wines With the Name of the Grape on the Label Because You Think It Is the Best?
Are you planning an event and considering the best wine for the occasion, or wondering what would be the best wine to bring as a hostess gift? Most people buy a wine with a varietal name emblazoned on the label thinking it must be the best. Maybe that is a conditioned purchase because we do not understand how a varietal wine came by that varietal's name being on the label. It seems that regulations, even concerning wine, cannot be avoided in anything.


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