Wine 101: The Basics of Wine

Wine 101

We love to drink wine but do we understand it?  Why try to make sense of a good thing? Well, a little bit of knowledge goes a long way to helping you find the wines you like. It also doesn’t hurt to learn a thing or two along the way about the wine making process and the grapes that make your palate tingle with pleasure.

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Wine 101: What is Wine?

Wine is fermented fruit juice. Fermentation occurs when microorganisms called yeast metabolize the sugars in fruit juice, creating alcohol and flavor compounds...Read more

Wine 101: A Short History of Wine

The oldest evidence of winemaking comes to us from the Caucasus region and the Middle East (where the present-day countries of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iran and Iraq intersect). …Read More

Wine 101: Wine Grape Species

Like all plants, we classify grapevines according to the system of taxonomy laid out by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1753. Grapevines belong to the order called Vitales, the family called Vitaceae and the genus Vitis. …Read More

Wine 101: Red Wine Grapes and Their Personalities

We use the terms “black grapes” and “red grapes” interchangeably. In either case, these grapes produce what is commonly termed “red” wine. Red grapes vary immensely as to the climates they prefer, the acidity they bring to the table, and their levels of tannins…Read More

Wine 101: White Wine Grapes and Their Personalities

What we call “white” wine grapes actually run from green to golden in color. We call these grapes and the wine they produce “white” for convenience. …Read More

Wine 101: Wine Environments: Where Wine Grapes Grow

Most productive wine growing regions are situated between 30 degrees and 50 degrees latitude, either north or south of the equator….Read More

Wine 101: Vine Diseases and Pests

We have already covered phylloxera. Phylloxera might be the worst scourge ever to hit wine grapes, but it is by no means the only one. Vines are subject to attack from pests that range from deer to birds…Read More

Undesirable Gray Rot on green grapes.

Wine 101: Viticulture – The Science of Wine

The term “viticulture” refers to the art and science of growing grapes. Viticulture is a branch of horticulture. We use the term more specifically to refer to the agricultural production of wine grapes…Read More

A cane-trained vineyard using vertical trellising.

Wine 101: Winemaking – Rose, Sparkling and Fortified Wines

Wine is not all one thing. Winemaking processes different from grape to grape, from region to region, from high-end to low-end, certainly from style to style. …Read More

Gyropalettes allow Champagne producers to pass the savings in labor costs on to you, the consumer (but they do not – they keep the money).

Wine 101: Winemaking – Red Wine

The process of making red wine begins with the harvest. Since the skins of red wine grapes contribute to the wine’s color and flavor, the careful harvester tries to keep the bunches of grape whole. …Read More

A grape sorting line.

Wine 101: Winemaking – White Wine

The term “white” loosely describes wines that range from nearly without color to ranges of straw, yellow, and gold….Read More

Tartrate crystals clinging to the bottom of a bottle of white wine.

Wine 101: Wine Chemistry

Oxidation occurs when a chemical compound loses electrons. Oxidation is considered beneficial in some winemaking circumstances, but excessive exposure to oxygen under the wrong circumstances can cause a wine to spoil. …Read More

Wine 101: Wine and Health

Moderate consumption of wine is widely thought to be “good for you,” decreasing the risk of heart problems, strokes, diabetes, and cancer. Drink more than this and, so the conventional wisdom goes, the alcohol in the wine will have deleterious effects….Read More

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Wine Tips: Reminders For Your Foray Into Wine Tasting

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