Rock Stars in Wine

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Did you know that there is a growing group of musicians who have turned their creative talents to winemaking in their spare time? Here’s what some of them are doing… Journey’s Jonathan Cain To Jonathan Cain, keyboardist and longtime member of the band Journey, winemaking and music go hand in hand. Passion, patience and the…

Fortified Wine

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Fortified wine is made by adding a neutral distilled spirit or Brandy (a spirit produced by distilling wine) to wine. Preservation was the original reason that wines were fortified. When people began exporting wine, they found it went bad before it reached its destination, so, in an effort to preserve the wine, distilled spirits were…

Wine in Ancient Rome

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We’ve all seen movies with scenes of ancient Romans lounging at sumptuous banquets enjoying copious amounts of food and wine, but how important was wine to Roman culture, and what role did Rome play in spreading the tradition of viticulture throughout the world? Wine was an integral part of ancient Roman culture and religion. Romans…

The Alcohol Content of Wine

Wine Expert Stephanie Caraway discusses the factors that influence the alcohol content of wine.

Cooking with Wine

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There are cooks who insist that you should only ever cook with a wine you would drink, but walk into any restaurant kitchen, and you’re sure to find large bottles of inexpensive wine used exclusively for cooking. Here are some tips about selecting wine for cooking. What kinds of wine should you use? For a…

Autumn Wine Picks

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“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” — William Cullen Bryant Falling leaves, apple cider, trick or treating, pumpkin pie… Autumn has rituals and flavors all of its own. As you pack away the sunscreen, pull out your sweaters and turn your mind towards Fall, here are some wines Vine Talk Wine Expert Emilie Perrier says…

Athletes in Wine, Part I

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Did you know that there are more than a few top athletes who have turned to winemaking as an outlet for their creative drive after retiring from the grid iron, golf course, or ice rink? Here are some players who love grapes as much as they do the game… Drew Bledsoe Football star Drew Bledsoe…

US Wine Fun Facts

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Here are some fun and interesting facts we thought you’d enjoy about US wine consumption and production. Did you know…..? Consumption Fun Facts •US wine consumption has been growing steadily for years and in 2010, we passed France to become the world’s #1 consumer of wine by volume, according to wine industry consultants Gomberg, Fredrikson…

The Training of the Sommelier

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The term sommelier is derived from the Middle French noun “saumalier”—which referred to an official in charge of all travel supplies, including (incidentally) wine. After the Middle Ages, the term evolved to Sommier du Seigneur, denoting the man in charge of stocking food and drink in the household of a noble or wealthy family. Not…

Vine Talk Season One Toasts

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By popular demand, here are the toasts from every episode this season. Episode 101: Navigating Napa Valley Cabernets “In tough economic times, a glass of wine can be patriotic. Whether it is red or white, it is a wonderful way to beat the blues.” Episode 102: Ranking Rieslings from the Finger Lakes “With good roots,…