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Choosing the right wine glass, or how to enjoy your wine at home

Choosing the right wine glass, or how to enjoy your wine at home

        There are many types of wine glasses for different types of wine, and their choice can be complicated if you don’t have in mind a few basic concepts.   There are 4 basic components that all wine glasses have:   - the foot that ensures the stability and the vertical position of the [...]

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Ice wine, wine produced from the grapes that passed through the first frost

Ice wine, wine produced from the grapes that passed through the first frost

  How do the winemakers highlight the grapes that went through the first winter frost? They turn them into ice wine, a sweet and aromatic liquor which, like the strong essences, is kept only in small bottles.     Ice wine can be obtained only in special conditions of cold climate, so the production can be quite [...]

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Winemaking in Romania

Winemaking in Romania

  Winemaking has well defined areas, and within these areas wines under controlled origin can be produced. Winemaking habitat units in Romania are: The winemaking region spans over a large distance which usually coincides with the historical province. It has some common characteristics regarding environmental conditions, the range [...]

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How to serve Sparkling Wine

How to serve Sparkling Wine

  A bottle of sparkling wine can mean feast, but it's also a dangerous weapon.   Serving temperature: 6-10 degrees   Sweetness   The amount of sugar (dosage) added after the second fermentation and aging varies and determines the level of sweetness of sparkling wine.   Categorisation • Raw [...]

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Tannins in wine

Tannins in wine

  Wines do not have to contain tannin to be good today, but in the hope that this will bring about a better taste in the future. Just like white wines that require aging need acidity when young, tannin acts as a preservative which contributes to the growth of the great red wines. Wine can absorb all kinds of aromatic elements, but [...]

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Wine Serving Temperatures

Wine Serving Temperatures

According to convention, white and rosé wines are served cold and red ones are served at "room temperature", which is a fairly vague term. It's nice to know that this is just a convention - if you don't obey this rule, you could enhance your pleasure. Demi-sweet white wines, sparkling wines and champagne are served at [...]

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Oak Barrels

Oak Barrels

  The number of uses of an oak barrel has an impact on the final taste of the wine. The newer the barrel, the more it will give the wine more flavour and tannin. Less famous Bordeaux vineyards use barrels that have been used before and therefore the effect isn't the same as it is in the case of quality wines.  The [...]

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Useful words for wine lovers

Useful words for wine lovers

Residual sugar: amount of sugar left in the wine after the fermentation process has finished. Volatile: something that quickly turns into fragrant vapours. All wines are, to some extent, volatile. They are volatile if they are warm and made out of very fragrant varieties. Wine is said to be volatile if it's too [...]

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Food and Wine Pairing

Food and Wine Pairing

   Food and wine paring is not as complicated as it sounds. First of all, pairing wines and food is entirely an experience personalised by you and your taste buds, says Eddie Osterland, Master Sommelier.   Properly chosen, wine acts like a spice rather than a beverage. Like salt and pepper or a squeeze of lemon on fish, [...]

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What is terroir and what does it do for wine?

What is terroir and what does it do for wine?

  Terroir is a french word (terre) derived from the Latin (terratorium) and expresses a historical and cultural concept. The wine is deeply related to the place - the natural aspects of the terroir, but also to the people - wine experts choices.   The effect of these features reflects on the taste and quality of the [...]

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The Basics of Wine Tasting

The Basics of Wine Tasting

   - you'll need a white surface to examine the colour;  - you will be unpopular if you smoke, wear parfume or have a strong odor at formal tastings;  - Whatever the occasion, it will be much easier to taste wine without being bothered by odors, though, in certain social events you may as well sacrifice the [...]

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Dessert wine – straw wine

Dessert wine – straw wine

Grapes are harvested in late autumn, in October or even later, and then they are stored in airy spaces. The clusters are placed on racks and mats (to avoid mold) in order to dry and reduce or eliminate water (dehydration) present in berries. Concentration of sugar and flavors grows. They are stored during the winter, until [...]

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Wine Aromas

Wine Aromas

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Wine Bottle Size Chart

Wine Bottle Size Chart

  Split – 0.187 L   Half – 0.375 L   Standard – 0.75 L   Magnum – 1.5 L   Marie – Jeanne – 2.25 L   Double Magnum – 3.0 L   Jeroboam – 5.0 L   Imperial – 6.0 L   Salmanazar – 9.0 L   Balthazar – 12.0 [...]

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