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,…

Actors and Directors in Wine, Part II

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Johnny Depp bought longtime girlfriend Vanessa Pradis a winery to celebrate the release of her new CD; Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie live on an estate in Provence, France with acres of grapes. But you won’t see their labels at your local wine shop anytime soon, as these couples make wine as a hobby and…

Under the Sea: 200-Year-Old Champagne

In July of 2010, bottles of château-aged, ultra-premium Champagne—lost for more than 170 years—were discovered by marine archaeologists inside a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. The site of the wreckage was in waters belonging to the Aland Islands, a Finnish archipelago located between Sweden and Finland. The vessel was a twin-masted schooner, believed to have…

Pairing Wine with Chocolate

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Wine can be paired with all kinds of delicious chocolate. Here are some mouthwatering wine/chocolate pairing suggestions we know you will enjoy! With Milk Chocolate: Milk chocolate and Tawny Port is a delightful duo. The creamy, caramelized notes in Tawny Port compliment those same flavors in a handful of Regular or Peanut M&M’s, a bowl…