The Scoop on Tannins

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You’ve probably heard the word “tannins” many a time, and if you asked what they are, you probably got a vague explanation like “it’s the thing in wine that makes your mouth feel dry and your lips pucker.”  While this is a good description of the sensation tannins cause in your mouth, it doesn’t really…

An Introduction to Italian Wine Classifications

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Currently Italy’s wine classification system has four categories. In descending “quality” order they are: DOCG (e.g. Controlled and Guaranteed Origin Denomination), DOC (Controlled Origin Denomination), IGT (Protected Geographic Indication), and vino da tavola (table wine). On August 1, 2009, new EU regulations went into effect that created a three tiered “quality structure” for wines, and…

What is Biodynamic Wine?

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We’ve all seen it – a wine list marked with asterisks indicating a wine is “biodynamic.” Is this just a fancy way of saying “organic?” Not exactly, but it does mean that the wine was probably made with organic methods and, usually, then some… Many winemakers both in the US and abroad have been frustrated…

An Introduction to Spanish Wine Classifications

Spain is organized into wine districts which are recognized on wine bottles by a label indicating the Denominación de Origen, or Designation of Origin. The DO system guarantees the wine’s precise origin, the grape variety or varieties used, and production methods employed. It is a quality control system put in place by law by the…

Vintage: Is it Important?

Wine expert Stephanie Caraway explains vintage and whether it is important to consider when selecting a wine.