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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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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.
10/11/2016 03:24 PM
Everything You Need to Know About How to Store Wine
Ever wine collector wants to keep their wine in pristine condition. There are several things that you need to keep in mind when trying to preserve your favorite wines.
10/07/2016 04:27 PM
Another Form of Art In Winemaking Is In Blending
Wine is intriguing and American icons and legends always been profoundly interested in wines; Franklin, Washington, and Jefferson had positive comments about fine wines. Even Benjamin Franklin said wine made us civil. If wine is a constant exploration to find civility, I have started exploring blended wines; but will probably never arrive I am sure. Blended wines can be more complex and offer some for the accrued wine makers art of blending.
10/04/2016 09:14 AM
Champagne Enthusiast? Why Not?
I often wondered when you transcend from lover to enthusiast. The dictionary defines an enthusiast as 'a person who is very interested in a particular activity or subject'. Yes, that describes my interest in champagne. I now consider myself a Mother, a Wife, a Residential Sales Consultant and Champagne Enthusiast. I love my new title!
10/03/2016 11:24 AM
4 Tips to Help You Make the Best Out of a Wine Tour
Whenever you are spending a cosy evening with your family accompanied by a glass of the finest wine, don't you ever wish to visit the place that produces such marvels? Well, almost all of us have it on our bucket list to be a part of wine tours that allow visitors to taste their creations freshly prepared and bottled.
09/30/2016 09:05 AM
Visit a Wine Trail for Your Next Big Adventure!
A wine trail is a great way to explore the beautiful countryside and taste a variety of wines. Learn more before you plan your next getaway!
09/23/2016 09:30 AM
Use Your Sensory to Discover the Basic Wine Characteristics
Learning the wine characteristics can be very pleasant or a time-and-resource-consuming passion. By understanding the basic wine characteristics after including some basic background knowledge and a logical approach you can increase your individual enjoyment.
09/09/2016 08:43 AM
8 Tips for a Successful Wine Trail Visit
Going on a wine trail visit is one of the best ways of experiencing the different types of wine on the market. It is imperative to prepare well to get the best experience.
09/07/2016 10:12 AM
Drink To Your Health Organically
Words have meaning and yet can be misleading. Take for example the word "Organic", simple enough. But, what happens when the word can have different means to different people. For example, does Organic also mean: 100% Natural, All Sustainable, From Organic Grapes, or Produced by Hand. No, these do not make Organic wines. The USDA has defined what Organic means and Demeter-USA has taken Organic to the highest form by certifying Biodynamic wines; an elevated form of what Organic truly means.
08/23/2016 11:02 AM
Reasons to Love Red Wine
RED WINE is the purest and most loved liquor of the world. Red Wine is preferred over other wines because of its various qualities that make it a cherished drink. It is rated very highly for being a health drink by some leading health bulletins. The alcohol content generally ranges between 12 to 15 %. The most common varieties of Red Wine are Shiraz, Pinot noir, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet sauvignon.
08/09/2016 08:51 AM
The Guide to Pinot Noir Wine
Pinot Noir is a red wine grape that originated in Burgundy and it is one of the oldest wine spices planted in France. The name is derived from the French words pine and black, pine to describe tightly clustered grapes.
07/26/2016 11:26 AM
Craft Beers and Microbrewery: A Trend That Is Here to Stay
No matter the place of the world we choose to go for a drink, it is becoming more and more common to find, next to the industrial beer supplier, a wide range of craft beers. Some of these bars even experiment with microbrewing, using recipes of their own creation, and providing a unique experience to their customers.
07/26/2016 09:28 AM
10 Fundemental Wine Terminologies You Must Know To Taste, Appreciate, and Valuate Wine
These are some of the definitions that any wine investor or taster will have to be familiar with, and which I will do my best to explain in as detailed a manner as possible. Of course, nothing beats going for a wine-tasting course to get familiar with what these definitions truly means. Terminology #1: Complexity Complexity is created by several factors: well-merged flavors, the intensity, richness and depth of the combination of flavors, aroma characteristics, the focus, harmony and overall balance, and the finesse (the elegance and fineness of the wine, or sometimes, can also be...
07/14/2016 11:27 AM
Basic Wine Types
The process of wine making is exciting and easy. As we all know wine is made from grapes and the recipe has been developed over centuries. Sure, first grapes are harvested, placed in a container and squeezed.
07/11/2016 11:50 AM
Fourth of July Party Drinks
Drink ideas for anyone throwing a 4th of July party. Variety of drinks made with wines and spirits.
07/05/2016 04:10 PM
How Do You Select Wine From An Inch-Thick Wine List?
You are really excited to be out for an excellent meal. You are seated and they bring the menus; you start salivating at the prospects. The sommelier brings the wine list; uh oh! it's an inch thick at least! Does your heart sink? Or do think 'Oh wow, we're going to get some great wine!'? In this article we give you some tips and techniques that we have learned over the years to turn this challenge into fun!
07/01/2016 02:42 PM
Here Is A Great Source Of Information And Ideas About Wine
Do you feel like you're out of the loop when it comes to entertaining or cooking with wine? Perhaps you don't know what is good, or perhaps you're not sure about correlating your use of wine with the foods you eat. Learn more by reading this article, and find out more about wine.
07/01/2016 11:49 AM
Why Should You Order Fruity Beer in Summer?
No matter how big your party is, a top beer delivery service provider is capable of delivering huge quantity. You can call them anytime even if there is no party for some fruity refreshment & be fit in summer.
06/20/2016 03:22 PM
Coopers, White Oak and Winemakers Make For Some Awesome Wines
We have all seen planters made from used wine barrels, but the thought occurred to me-just how much is known about the importance oak plays in making nice wines, just before its final resting place as a planter? Oak is a complicated wood that is specifically grown for wine barrels in very few parts of the World. French Oak is the most known oak for wine, however American Oak has a much shorter history but is equally grand respected. You do not need to be an artist to appreciate the look of a new wine barrel made of White Oak. California makes wine barrels for wineries all over the World. But, why White Oak?
06/14/2016 11:13 AM
Mezcal, Methanol, Moonshine and Myth
Mezcal, the agave based Mexican spirit, has been unfairly linked to methanol poisoning. While this affliction and many others related to alcohol abuse significantly impact health globally, the research and reporting relative to methanol in mezcal is scarce, and much of it is based on fear-mongering without scientific or investigative reports to back up allegations. This article examines methanol and other alcohol poisoning globally (i.e. American moonshine as well as alcohols consumed in Africa, Europe, Asia and Central/South America) and at the same time looks at instances in Mexico, the state of Oaxaca in particular, with a view to putting the literature, lay and scientific, in perspective, suggesting a Darwinian approach viz. mezcal production.
06/10/2016 01:53 PM
A Beer A Day Keeps The Doctor Away
Kept in moderation most alcoholic beverages present some health benefits. Most people associate these benefits with a glass of wine. Upon further review, beer may be even better.
06/08/2016 02:43 PM
Fundamentals of Making Home Wine
If you've been toying with the idea of trying your home-made wine you need to look through the selection of ingredients, recipes, equipment and different sorts of grapes. By producing home-made wine, you will become one of the thousands of happy people that have already discovered this intriguing and rewarding hobby.
06/06/2016 09:24 AM
4 Tips You Can Follow While Moving Out for a Wine Tour
Wine tasting is an adventure in itself especially when you intend to have an inclination towards nature, greenery, vineyards and wine manufacturing units in particular. Moving out during the weekends along with companions to a wine manufacturing unit would strike a familiar chord if you are someone who frequently takes out time for such adventure.
05/19/2016 10:39 AM
Cork Versus, Screw Caps - Which Is Better?
Corks are the classic choice in the wine industries that have been used for a very long period of time. However, there are some surprising facts and arguments so whatever you may using, you're both right and wrong.
05/16/2016 01:36 PM
How To Find The Best Wine Deals Online and Offline
Do you need to buy good wine in bulk at a good price? Read this guide for some advice on how to find the best deal for your event. We take a look at the best sources of information the best tactics to apply when making the deal.
05/16/2016 01:35 PM
Finding The Best Wine And The Best Wine Deals, On A Budget
If you are not a wine connoisseur, and few of us are, but you enjoy the odd glass of wine, we have provided a short guide covering the basics to help you find a good bottle of wine that you will enjoy and which won't hurt your pocket. There is a common misconception that the more you spend on a bottle of wine, the more you will enjoy it. This is most definitely not the case. It all comes down to personal taste and even the most knowledgeable wine lover would be hard pressed (please forgive the pun) to deny that there isn't a reasonably priced bottle of wine that they really enjoy or that they don't relish the challenge of tracking down the best wine offers on their particular favourite wines. Arming yourself with a little knowledge about the world of wine can help enormously with your search for the best wine deals out there, especially if you have a budget to stick to.
05/10/2016 04:09 PM
Who Could Possibly Turn Down a Glass of Bubbles?
Champagne is perhaps the most popular, celebratory drink in the World, the perfect drink for almost any occasion. Whether you're celebrating a wedding, birthday, anniversary, graduation, or toasting a bottle at a quiet dinner event, it's a beverage that has the ability to suit all special occasions. Who could possibly turn down a glass of bubbles? But when exactly was it invented and how has it become so highly regarded in the alcoholic industry? This wonderful drink has an awesome backstory we thought we'd share!

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