Preventing “Red Wine Teeth”

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Love red wine but hate the way it can stain your teeth?  To learn more about the cause of “red wine teeth” and how to avoid those unsightly stains, VINE TALK consulted Dr. Robert Sofer, DDS. VT: What causes red wine stains on teeth? Can the stains damage your teeth? DS: Red wine stains on…

Building a Home Wine Cellar

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Have you considered building a wine cellar and found yourself wondering what features were the most important, what type of contractor you should hire or how much it might cost? For some expert insight, we consulted John Seitz, owner of The Magnum Company. He is a master wine cellar builder who has spent more than…

Fruit Wine

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Today, the word “wine” is usually legally defined as a beverage made from grapes, but wine has been made from all kinds of fruit for centuries. Fruit wines are produced by commercial winemakers and home winemakers around the world in a diverse range of flavors and styles—dry, sweet, still and sparking. To learn more about…

Considering Home Winemaking?

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Have you ever thought about making wine at home, but were put off thinking it would require you to stomp on grapes in your bathtub? To find out what it takes to make quality wine at home, we consulted Tim Vandergrift, an award-winning amateur winemaker who has been active in the home beer and wine…

Summer Wine Fun Facts

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Here are some fun facts about wines and wine-based drinks that are summertime favorites: The United States is the second largest consumer of rosé wine in the world, second only to France, where rosé outsells white wine. According to Vins de Provence, in 2012, France was responsible for 36% of worldwide rosé consumption and the…

Price Prejudice Can Impact Wine Enjoyment

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As the blind taste tests on VINE TALK have demonstrated, the most expensive wine is not always the one that people like the best. Furthermore, various studies have shown that in blind taste tests, on average, people are not able to correctly distinguish between inexpensive and expensive wine. However, studies have shown that when people…

Unusual Wine Accessories

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There are numerous wine accessories—ranging from the mundane to the exotic—designed to assist wine lovers with the opening, serving, storing and preservation of wine. Here are six of the more unusual ones we have encountered. The Oak Bottle® The Oak Bottle® is a bottle made of oak that the manufacturer claims makes “ordinary wine taste…

French Wine Fun Facts

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When it comes to wine, France is revered for the variety, quality and quantity of wine it produces.  Here are some fun facts about French wine that might be of interest… • In 2014, France was the #1 producer of wine in the world, according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).  The OIV…

Soil-Based Bacteria May Influence Wine Flavor

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A recent study released by Argonne National Laboratory indicates that soil-based bacteria can potentially influence the properties of wine by impacting grape chemistry. An international team of researchers contributed to the study which was recently published in the online journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Over a two year period, researchers took samples of…

2014 US Wine Consumption Trends

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In 2014, the US remained the world’s top wine consumer as table wine consumption grew for the 21st consecutive year, according to the Beverage Information Group. An estimated 302 million cases of table wine were consumed, up 1.2% from the prior year, and each wine-drinking adult drank an average of 3.14 gallons of wine. While…