Wine lovers, do not fear sulfur dioxide – it is a friend and our defender! I know that might strange coming from me, as I am a cheerleader for low intervention winemaking and a BIG fan of the natural wine movement. HOWEVER, I feel there is a strong need for someone to stick up for sulfur dioxide and debunk the myth that SO2 is our enemy. Most consumers have a misconception that Sulfur Dioxide is responsible for every unpleasant side effect that they experience after consuming wine. As a result, many wine drinkers then assume they have a sulfur allergy, but sulfites very rarely are the true culprit and oftentimes play the scapegoat to alcohol and histamines. Rather, wine drinkers around the world should THANK THEIR LUCKY STARS and rejoice in the glory of SO2 because without it, wine as we know it today would be near impossible. [Read more…]
Wine and summer, summer and wine. The two just go together. They both stand for relaxation, joy, and an enthusiasm for life. The craving for a relaxing bottle of wine can really kick in after a long week of work. But some wines go better with summer than others, and that is what we are here for: to help you sort through the wine jungle. Check out this list of six of the best wines as you enjoy the rest of your summer.
Hand engraved writing is one of the oldest forms of communication. Long before fancy photography and high definition printers came on the scene, people were etching, cutting, and chiseling away on rocks, cave walls, and pieces of wood. Now, glass etching and engraving is one of the most beautiful and timeless ways to communicate. Some engravings are amazing pictures and designs while others are words written with classic style.
If you’re a supertaster that means you have an ability to taste far greater than average. Everything tastes intense, which means you may be a picky eater or prefer bland foods. Supertasters are physically different than the average person. If you have more than 30 taste buds in the space of a standard hole punch (0.31 inches in diameter) on your tongue, then you qualify.
In that same area, a regular taster has 15-30 taste buds and a non-taster has 15 or less. Supertasters may have evolved from groups of people when our nomadic ancestors needed their sense of taste to detect if foods were safe to eat. [Read more…]
The benefits of drinking red wine in moderation have been studied for years, and the list keeps getting longer and more surprising. It is well-known that wine is heart healthy, but here are some benefits that may surprise you! So raise that glass of red wine high and toast to these awesome benefits. [Read more…]
First of all, does wine go bad? Yes. Wine does not last indefinitely.
Bacteria turn the sugar from grapes or the alcohol into vinegar. Bacteria need oxygen to grow. Wine’s fermentation process produces a lot of carbon dioxide when yeasts turn sugars into alcohol, and after that it needs to be sealed. When you uncork the bottle, you expose it to air, oxidizing it, and the flavor begins to deteriorate because of chemistry changes. [Read more…]
There is much more to wine tasting than simply taking a sip.
To truly get to know the wine and enjoy it correctly, it is important to learn the steps that the professionals take when tasting wines. [Read more…]
Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather.
The best way to do this is to bring all of your friends and family together and throw a barbecue in your backyard. You can do this for a holiday, special occasion, or just on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Mow the lawn, clean the pool, fire up the grill, and get ready to start planning your backyard barbecue bash. [Read more…]
Brunch is an event that has become increasingly popular in the United States.
Many times, these occasions include alcoholic beverages that go along with these breakfast and lunch foods. The most traditional drink has become the mimosa, which is simply orange juice and champagne. There are many more drinks that can be integrated into your brunch. These can even be incorporated to spice up Easter Sunday. [Read more…]
As the weather gets colder and snowier, what better way to stay cooped up inside than with your friends?
Hosting a wine and cheese party is not just for the summer months. Having wine in the winter can definitely make you feel warm inside. Pairing it with some delightful cheeses and other hors d’oeuvres will make your party have a classy, elegant feel. Light a fire and stock up on the drinks and appetizers, because we have some tips to have a great get-together and impress your friends. [Read more…]