What Causes Wine Drinkers to Overpour?

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When pouring wine, have you ever found it hard to assess how much is in the glass? Well, you’re not alone. Researches from Iowa State and Cornell universities have found that wine drinkers unintentionally pour larger servings when their glasses are wider, when they are holding the glasses in their hands, and when there is…

Wine as Medicine: Part One – The Ancient World

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By Dr. Philip Norrie, MBBS, MA, MSc, MSocSc (Hons), PhD, MD (cand) Wine was widely used as a medicine in the ancient world. In fact, wine is man’s oldest known medicine. It was well suited to this purpose for a variety of reasons. First, it was easy to make. Ancient winemakers used whatever grapes were…

Bulk Wine Shipping

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Consumers perusing the broad array of bottles in their local wine store may not realize that many wines actually travel in giant tanks from their country of origin to markets where they are bottled and sold. In fact, changes in production and consumption, along with economic and environmental factors, have driven a significant increase in…

Celebrity Wine Endorsements Influence Consumers

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In a recent study, Canadian researchers found that the degree of “fit” between a celebrity endorser and a wine can influence a consumer’s perception of the wine’s taste and how much the consumer is willing to pay for the wine. The study was conducted by Antonia Mantonakis of the Goodman School with co-authors and Eric Dolansky (Goodman…

Wine Serving Temperature Guidelines

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The “right” serving temperature for wine is a matter of personal preference. However, the temperature at which a wine is served influences how much one enjoys its qualities because of the impact temperature has on flavor and aromas. Serving wine “too cold” dampens the aroma and accentuates bitterness, while serving wine “too warm” can result…

How Rosé Is Made

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Rosé, also known as rosado in Spain and rosato in Italy, gets its color and tannic structure from the pigment in red grape skins. Any red grape, or combination of red grapes, can be used to make rosé: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Cabernet Franc are among those used. Depending upon…

The Wine Habits of Napoleon and Josephine

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When it came to wine, Napoleon Bonaparte was a creature of habit. Although he did drink Champagne to celebrate military victories (uncorked flamboyantly using a sabre), his lifelong wine of choice was Chambertin from Burgundy. At one time, it had been the favorite wine of Louis XIV, and in the late 18th century, it was…

What Makes Wine Kosher?

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It is a widely held misconception that what makes a wine kosher is the blessing of a Rabbi. What actually makes a wine kosher has to do with the ingredients and equipment used to make the wine and who handles the wine. There are three requirements for a wine to be considered kosher. First, orthodox…

An Introduction to TTB

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Ever wonder who grants operating permits to wineries? Or who approves the designation of new American Viticultural Areas (AVAs)? Or who reviews and approves wine labels? All these activities and more are the responsibility of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), a bureau within the Treasury Department which plays an important role…

Maiwein (May wine)

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Has dancing around a maypole celebrating the arrival of spring left you feeling thirsty? Or are you just in the mood for a traditional springtime wine-based drink? In either case, Maiwein may be the perfect option. Maiwein (May wine) is a centuries-old beverage of German origin enjoyed in the spring, traditionally on the May Day holiday. It…