Wine - By Category
Wine Basics - A Beginner's Guide to Wine
Understanding the basics of wine types, selections, storage and tasting will add new dimensions to your wine experience. A perfect introduction in choosing the right wine to suit both your budget and your tastes.
A Guide to Red Wines
A look at the types of red wines available, vintage pricing and recommendations, producing regions, appropriate food pairing ideas, storing and serving tips and a bit of demystifying vineyard vocabulary that often accompanies red wines.
A Guide to White Wines
A look at the styles of white wines available, vintage pricing and recommendations, producing regions, appropriate food pairing ideas, storing and serving tips and a bit of demystifying vineyard vocabulary that often accompanies white wines.
Food & Wine
An overview of how to pair food with wine. Balancing flavors, acidity and overall compatability is easy once you know the basics. Traditional recipes that include wine as a key or supplemental ingredient, typically have an interesting heritage and rich flavors.
Wine Clubs are a unique way to explore a variety of exceptional wines with the convenience of regular door-to-door shipping. There are clubs geared for a variety of wine enthusiasts: Red Wine Clubs, International Wine Clubs, White Wine Clubs and the list goes on.
Wine and Travel
Covering Wine Country travel from places to go, wines to taste, "How to" tips, who to tour with and why, modes of touring, suggested itineraries, great places to stay, scenic places to picnic, when to travel, wineries with free tastings, Old World vs. New World wine travel, wine country contacts, resources, planning tips and maps, and reviews will all be covered on the Wine & Travel page.
Wine Reviews & Recs
Wine Recommendations and Reviews
Fortified Wines - Port, Sherry, Madeira, Marsala
Fortified wines are a unique classification of wine. They start life as a "regular" still wine and then are often "fortified" with brandy or a neutral grape spirit. This fortification preserves the wine and allows it to be enjoyed with different foods, while ensuring more flexibility in storage options. The most common categories of fortified wine include: Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.
Storing & Serving Wines
A look at how to properly store wine for optimum drinkability. Temperature, humidity, light and bottle position are all key factors in determining where to store your wine. With an overview of how to serve various wines. Take a look at serving temperatures, pouring wine and glassware options.
Learn the Key Components of Tasting Wines
Get an overview of the steps involved in tasting wine like the pros. By tuning into your senses and slowing down the process you will acquire a whole new appreciation for the complex flavors buried in a bottle of wine. Also features host your own Wine Tasting Party ideas.
Wine and Health
Moderate wine consumption and potential health benefits - fact or fantasy? There is a growing body of scientific research that indicates the polyphenols found in red wines may offer significant antioxidant protection. This translates to chemicals found in red wines, have the potential to overcome free radicals that are bound and determined to cause cellular damage, which is a root cause of various forms of cancer and heart disease.
Vineyard Vocabulary - An Introduction to the Language of Wine
Vineyard vocabulary delves into the most common words and phrases associated with the the world of wine. A quick reference guide with easy to understand definitions.
Holidays with Wine
Holidays are about celebrations and social gatherings, so is wine. Wine is made for entertaining, enhancing and enjoyment. Here are a few ways to maximize all three this holiday season.
Sparkling Wines & Champagne
Sparkling Wines & Champagne
Whether you are buying wine in a restaurant, a wine merchant's shop or online, this guide to selecting wine will help get you started.