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Counting Carbs With Wine

The recent health claims that wines have antioxidants in them that may block free radicals, prevent heart disease, cancer, and other conditions associated with aging seems to have some validity. Polyphenol, catechin, and cholesterol-reducing resveratrol are found predominately in red wines in various degrees.

A Private Owners Guide to Bottling Fine Whisky

The majority of private owners of whisky casks are looking for an assessment of their options. The purpose of this article is to help answer questions that private owners may have about bottling their whisky casks.

The Harmony Between Food and Wine

Wine is a social drink which should be enjoyed in the company of friends and ..

Using Cooking Wine

Cooking wine is sort of a holdover from prohibition. People who grew up thinking Alcohol is Evil didn't want to have any in their homes.

Guide To Tasting Wine

The basics of tasting wine are relatively simple to learn. Once the fundamentals are mastered, the nuances and details can be enhanced over a lifetime.

Wine Etiquette With Ease

Correct wine etiquette makes the tasting experience much more enjoyable. Like most interests, there is a set of protocol that most wine lovers adhere to.

The Curious History Of Wine Consumption In America

The history of wine consumption in America has been frought with starts, stops, and inconsistencies. The American population has always had a love-hate relationship with alcohol.

Hosting A Wine Tasting Party

As your love and knowledge of wine grows, it is inevitable that you will want to share your revelations with friends and family. Hosting a wine tasting party is a great way to do this.

Beer, Wine and Your Bones

If you like the taste of a good brew, then here is some good news! In a recent research study of over 2,900 women and men, researchers found that beer, which contains silicon, may promote bone health. Silicon is a mineral that is thought to stimulate collagen production, which is a building block in bone formation.

The Mystery of Decanting

Decanting is a strange word to many people. Some do not even know what it means exactly.

Start Your Wine Cellar The Right Way

One of the great joys of wine is to be able to select a bottle from your own cellar, perhaps one that you've been storing for some years, draw the cork and enjoy it with friends. You can marvel at the changes brought on by maturity and, as a bonus, you can brag about the price you paid and congratulate yourself on picking up such a bargain!However, wine is an ever-changing thing and how it is stored will directly affect how quickly and how well it ages!Storing wine is very simple ?It requires a constant temperature, humidity, darkness, stillness and a well-ventilated and clean environment.

Ideal Wine Temperature

The ideal temperature to store wines is between 55F and 58F (13C-15C). However, any temperature between 40-65F (5-18C) will suffice as long as it remains constant.

Wine, Wine, Wine

What in the world is up!Was there a full moon or something? As I went through this past week I was struck by what seemed to be the theme for the week. I came to the conclusion that there are some career whiners out there.

An Introduction to Wine

What is wine?Wine has been made for centuries from just a two simple ingredients: yeast and grape juice. Actually, just about any fruit juice can be used, but by far the majority of all wine is made from the juice of the grape.

Rare Varietals Cure Wine Boredom

The future of the Australian wine industry will be shaped by a group of innovative grapegrowers and winemakers who are busily experimenting with new varieties in new regions.The phenomenal success of the industry in producing quality wine at competitive prices does not need recounting here.

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07/29/2019 12:33 PM
Mezcal From Oaxaca: If It's Traditionally Made, No Two Batches Can Be Equal
Whether distilled in clay pots, or 300 liter copper alembics, no two batches of traditionally made mezcal can possibly be the same. There are numerous factors dictating that each oven load of the agave distillate will necessarily be distinct from the last. Consider means of production, tools of the trade, the terrior where the agave (maguey) has been grown, the tradition of the palenquero (artisanal distiller) and his family dating back centuries, the water source, the natural air born yeasts, and much more.
07/10/2019 10:23 AM
Maturation in Casks
Whisky maturation is done for several years in casks of different origins. Have you ever wondered what influences the maturation process? Why do whiskies from one distillery sometimes taste so differently? Let's put some light on this.
04/24/2019 11:44 AM
Can Wine Research Ever Be Believed-Pros and Cons of Alcohol
Research keeps inundating wine consumers that touts either the benefits of wine or the detrimental effects. So, what should consumers do to react to conflicting information? First consideration probably should be to look at the authors and methods of their research.
04/23/2019 02:26 PM
Oaxacan Mezcal: The Tarnishing of Tradition
The mezcal boom is still in its infancy. Most of the agave spirit is produced in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca. Consumers, including spirits novices and aficionados alike, are in many cases being duped as a result of the lack of regulation and policing when it comes to representations made by some brand owners, distributors and retailers. They distort and sometimes outright fabricate descriptors such as wild v. cultivated, "estate grown," number of years required to grow and then harvest, terms such as "natural" and "organic, and more. Mezcal consumers are at a disadvantage unless they visit production states such as Oaxaca. But many simply cannot make that pilgrimage. The solution is for those in the industry to be cognizant of what can happen if this pattern continues; the industry suffers.
04/23/2019 02:23 PM
Must the Wine Industry Innovate to Stay Competitive?
There is an accepted axiom-innovate or die. Maybe a little less dramatic is that change is inevitable and businesses must change to remain effective. Wine is an old industry, the oldest beverage, that must adapt to change also. Here are some thoughts to illustrate some changes they could consider.
04/23/2019 01:55 PM
Vineyard Management Is Part Science and Art
Vineyards today are all about farming and are part art form and application of science. Cover crops save the vines, keep the land productive and add to the experience of great wines.
02/05/2019 05:30 PM
Which Study on Effects of Alcohol Consumption Should You Believe-Take Your Pick?
I am constantly perplexed by studies bemoaning or celebrating alcohol consumption and the ills or benefits of wine, spirits or beer. I seldom feel a study is straightforward and unbiased. I do not promote wine or spirits or beer, but consumers should get even-handed analysis in publicly released studies. As Sgt. Joe Friday in the 50's TV show "Dragnet" would say-Give me the fact's ma'am. Sell me the validity of the research based on how honest the facts were collected; don't mislead readers with shaded truths or omissions or faulty data.
10/05/2018 12:33 PM
How the Romans Made Wine
Before grapes can be produced, vines must be planted and the Romans took great care to plant them, using a tool known as the 'stork' to ensure that they were planted at the optimal depth. Of course, the Romans couldn't use herbicides or pesticides as they hadn't been invented. Our modern organic wines, therefore, have something in common with the wine the Romans drank. To learn more about how the Romans made wine and stored it, read this article.
08/17/2018 12:21 PM
Guides In Renovating Your Bar
Are you looking for ways to transform your pub and get it looking new and fresh? There are a large number of techniques to do so, but most come at an affordable cost. When you are sporting a minimal spending budget, you needn't have a restricted range, since the appearance of your bar influences the number of clients you have.
07/26/2018 04:34 PM
Three Craft Beers Even Non-Beer Drinkers Will Love
A beer goes with pretty much any occasion or event. While wine pairings used to be all the rage, now even the classiest restaurants offer up fine craft brews with pairing suggestions and options. Drinking the brew of your choice is no longer limited to a case on the back porch but is an activity you can enjoy out on the town at bars, restaurants, and even movie theaters. However, enjoying a quality brewed beverage is an acquired taste and not everyone instantly loves the taste. For this reason, many new breweries are trying out new styles of beer that may tickle the fancy of even the stubbornest palettes. Here are three craft beers for non beer drinkers to try.
07/24/2018 08:04 AM
How to Choose the Best Wine For Drinking
Are you a fan of wine? Do you enjoy drinking the different varieties of wine? You are at the right place. As you will get plenty of wine news and learn more about different types of wine available. But with plenty of wine to choose from in the whole, how will you make the right choice? Know what makes the different wines special and how to enjoy the most famous wine in the world and get know more in the upcoming wine news.
07/23/2018 11:06 PM
5 Great Ideas That'll Help In Wrapping Wine Bottles
The quality wine has been christened as 'fine' wine for centuries, where this explains anything which is at par with excellence. Wine is defiantly the most appreciated of gifts, where specialists aren't the only ones who enjoy this vigorous drink.
07/22/2018 10:51 AM
Three Craft Beers For Non Beer Drinkers To Try
If you are the kind of person that has enjoyed one brand of beer for years, you are also the type of person that has been asked numerous times, "So, have you ever given any thought to a really good craft beer?" Depending on your audience, your answer may vary, but ultimately, you come to the conclusion that your beer of choice has been a part of your life for years, and it'll stay that way.
07/22/2018 10:45 AM
The Wine Lover's Guide To Wine Bars
Over the course of the last few years, more people have started to regard going out for light snacks and drinks as a bit more of a fancy affair. They don't mind getting a little dolled up for a fun evening, and some of the main destinations they have in mind are wine bars.
07/16/2018 09:32 AM
Understanding Spanish Wine Classifications
Coming from the top wine exporter in the world, Spanish wine is known for its premium quality and exquisite taste. No wonder it is the most popular wine according to the latest international export figures.
07/02/2018 08:05 AM
Permaculture and Mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico
Permaculture is a concept first introduced in the 1970s, promoting the ongoing and sustainable relationship between nature and humanity. Many aspects of the artisanal production of mezcal, the Mexican agave based spirit, are consistent with the indicia of permaculture. This article works towards a comprehensive definition of permaculture within the context of a case study of an artisanal mezcal co-operative in San Baltazar Chichicapam in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca.
06/26/2018 08:28 AM
Five Surprising Ways To Pair Craft Beer With Food
As long as there has been a meal on the table, there has also been the need to have an accompanying beverage on hand. While the ins and outs of what is on the menu have changed over the course of time, right now, the hottest beverage around is craft beer. The small-batch, hand-crafted, detail-oriented world of craft beer has not only drawn many admirers of great beer, it has also piqued the interest of foodies the world over regarding the possible pairings that could be made with their favorite foods.
06/26/2018 08:28 AM
Looking For The Best Breweries Near Me? Start Here
A few years ago, a friend of mine got me to drink a cool little craft beer that I had never heard of, but once I tasted this amazing beer, I became hooked on trying to get my hands on these small-batch beverage miracles. The problem was that this was still a time when the craft beer movement was still growing, which meant I was left asking myself, "Where I can find breweries near me that make, maybe even serve, unique beer?" I really didn't know where to start, and there weren't too many reliable resources out there. What's a newly-minted beer aficionado to do?
06/22/2018 10:22 AM
How To Make Rice Wine Without Yeast
Rice wine is the clear wine, which is famous for its unique and strong taste. It is generally consumed in the South Asian household for cooking or consuming straight from the glass. It makes a good substitute for the sweet mirin. The rice wine is being made from the fermented rice. It only requires a minimal amount of ingredients about two only but you need to be patient because it takes a lot of time for fermentation. But you will get a sweet result for your patience as you will be blessed with a delicious and highly versatile wine.
06/05/2018 12:30 PM
Alcohol and Health - FAQs
Just about any substance, however natural and healthy it is, can be detrimental to your health if it is consumed to excess. Even clean water, if taken into large quantities, may be harmful to your health in terms of reducing essential electrolyte levels in your blood system.
05/28/2018 08:54 PM
Del Maguey Mezcal in Oaxaca Keeps on Ticking
Del Maguey Mezcal is the first artisanal brand of the agave based spirit to be exported from the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca in a significant way. Until then the industry was fledgling, dramatically overshadowed by mezcal's better known cousin tequila. Last year Ron Cooper, the Del Maguey brand owner, sold a majority interest to Pernod Ricard. Many in the industry stopped buying his brand, despite the fact that the quality of Del Maguey has not changed, nor has means of production or tools of the trade. The global mezcal boom is attributable to Mr. Cooper. The state of Oaxaca and those in the agave spirits industry anywhere in the world owe their economic fortunes to Del Maguey.
05/24/2018 08:39 AM
The Wine Lover's Guide To Craft Beer
If you're the type of person that notices everything that's a little different at your local watering hole, you've no doubt noticed a change as to what is on tap behind the bar. Where once you saw some of the biggest beer companies on the planet, you now see some slightly obscure craft beer offerings. As you've processed these changes, you've probably asked yourself one important question - what is craft beer?
05/21/2018 09:38 PM
Research - Protecting the Wine Industry From Constant Threats
This article is about university research efforts on behalf of the wine industry. I believe grape plant research in the U.S. started with the phylloxera disease/infestation in the 1800's and the need to find a control mechanism. From those early days until now, research has really made huge strides forward; especially in the past 3 decades with DNA mapping of varieties. This capability makes mediating diseases in the vineyard a little more precise. There will always be new problems in keeping vineyard healthy as bugs and diseases evolve and adapt to new vines and rootstocks. Some diseases, propagated by bugs, can kill a whole vineyard in as little as one year. Such events can be economically devastating. Wine is a big and complex business. Take a read; I strove to make wine industry research informative and "fun-to-know" information. Cheers!
05/21/2018 09:43 AM
Celebrity Vineyards
Celebrities who own wineries is nothing new. Some get involved as an investment, others take on a partner and simply lend their names, and yet a small percentage embrace their new careers and take an active role in the growing and production of the grapes. Celebrity chefs understandably enjoy ownership or collaboration with vintners to accompany their cooking prowess and to serve in their own restaurants. From time to time, some of us may have fantasized about being part of this venture, relaxing on a veranda sipping a glass of the grape, as we gaze out over a peaceful scenic view of beautiful rolling hills, bursting with robust rows of juicy grapes. Let's see who has actually taken the plunge.
03/27/2018 08:38 AM
The Art of Selling Wine in the Tasting Room
Some people have an aversion to being exposed to sales people. Selling wine to tasting room visitors is a benefit enjoyed by oenophiles; it is all about garnering information that makes life a little better. Wine is a great deal about emotions and excited senses. People are in a tasting room to be sold during an ah-ha moment.
03/22/2018 04:18 PM
The Tasting Room: Branding or Marketing
Tasting rooms obviously sell wine. But maybe when wineries turn to store front tasting rooms that aggregate multiple wineries under a common roof, the strength of a brand is given up. Further, many of my most appreciated tasting room experiences have been at wineries that are of very humble facilities. Tasting rooms are important in strengthening a winery's brand identity and building a bond with the visitor, customer and the wine community in total. It is impossible to farm out the protection or building of a brand. In wine, a brand is very personal and marketing is not branding. Marketing will substantiate a brand.
03/18/2018 10:17 PM
How to Choose a Mezcal Tour in Oaxaca Mexico
The state of Oaxaca, in Southern Mexico, has long been known for the production of mezcal, the country's iconic agave based spirit. Recently there has been a mezcal boom, whereby visitors are traveling to Oaxaca in search of a mezcal tour which meets their needs. They may be merely aficionados, or have an interest in the business of mezcal or be commercial photographers and documentary film producers. How do you decide upon the correct person to guide you into mezcal country, who has the appropriate credentials to meet your needs?
02/18/2018 10:12 PM
Wine Bars Are Popping Up All Over - Here's Why
There are some people who wish they could bring a little glitz and glam to what they believe to be fairly mundane lives. They accessorize a bit with their wardrobe, add little touches of color & texture to their home d?cor, and they try to socialize in hip places like wine bars.
02/06/2018 07:57 AM
Is the Craft Beer Rocket Ride Fizzling Out?
This article attempts to explain the craft beer marketplace, issues facing it and define craft beer as a separate category within the beer genre. This is a relatively new industry that started in 1963 with Fritz Maytag buying Anchor Brewing in San Francisco and made popular by Jim Koch at Samuel Adams.
02/01/2018 04:03 PM
All About Wine: Cooking With Wine
More and more people are drinking wine with their meals and also cooking with wine. In Europe, the Americas and even Africa there has been an upsurge of interest in wine.
01/29/2018 08:21 AM
Mezcal in Oaxaca: State, National and Global Significance of Mexico's Iconic Spirit
Mezcal is the iconic agave based spirit of Mexico. Until well into this century it was deemed a high alcohol beverage for the masses of the country, especially the rural folk of the state of Oaxaca where most is distilled. It was shunned by the middle classes. But more recently it has garnered respect, not only throughout Mexico but on the international stage as well. For one, the mezcal industry is sustainable and environmentally friendly. In addition, it has been coveted because no two batches of artisanal mezcal are the same. These factors have impacted the cultural and economic bases of Oaxaca and Mexico more broadly, which has reinforced the industry.
01/27/2018 08:54 AM
Terroir, Rootstock, Clones, and Cross-Breeding: Quality Wine Starts In the Vineyard
Because most people do not visit a vineyard they do not appreciate the complexity of vineyard life relative to fine wines. It is much more fun to taste wines in a comfortable tasting room. But wine drinkers are more and more demanding of quality wines. Problem is we do not fully appreciate the intense decision-making and tasks associated with getting quality fruit to the winemaker. Quality wines start in the vineyard and often many years before the first fruit makes it into the oak. Hopefully, this article will give a perspective to what makes great wine fruit.
01/17/2018 10:28 AM
Did You Know This?
Did you know that I have drunk a bottle of champagne a day, every day since January 1, 1965? Here are the reasons why!
12/19/2017 04:04 PM
Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits and Beer Labels
The label on a bottle of wine is there for legal and marketing reasons. Information on the label has always been mandated by TTB regulation and any leftover space is available for sales information. For more information about the wine, technology is coming to the rescue. Some technologies are decades old (barcodes and QR codes) and one is relative new-NFC tags. We see barcodes on wine, spirits and beer and on occasion we see the QR code, but the NFC tag (Near Field Communications) offers the consumer flexible and customizable product information that is secure and can be updated to stay current. A NFC tag reader enabled smartphone will give consumers unlimited information about a product simply by tapping the smartphone on a out-of-site NFC tag under a label.
12/16/2017 10:08 AM
Three New Places To Find Great Craft Beer
If you head to your local convenience store or supermarket, you may find that your selection of beer has changed a bit. Moreover, you may find that what was once a somewhat small offering of beers from the usual names in the industry have begun to give way to smaller brands and companies bringing you craft beer.
11/26/2017 07:56 PM
Breweries Near Me Every Beer Lover Needs To Know About
If you're a fan of televised sports, you are, no doubt, full aware of the amount of money that is spent by major beer manufacturers for advertising. The crazy thing is that even though their names are very well-known, even by non-beer drinkers, you do often find yourself asking the question, "Are there any breweries near me?" Moreover, are there any that absolutely need to be known about?
11/18/2017 11:49 AM
10 Delicious Grocery Store Wine and Cheese Pairings
If you are a lover of delicious charcuterie and elegant wine, then you should learn how to make the best of both worlds right at your local grocery store. You can find terrific pairings at a economical price!
11/06/2017 09:06 AM
Stick a Cork in It
Wine makes the world go 'round, or so it seems. We have a never-ending choice of types, country origins and prices to please any palette. Much of the world has been imbibing for centuries, as a beverage in celebratory events and in religious ceremonies. Cooks have included it in their prize dishes, and countries export millions of bottles of their landmark varieties yearly. It seems the U.S. was late to the party, preferring ale and cocktails to our ancestors' wines, but in the last few decades we have become a sophisticated populace of wine drinkers, not the least of which is our own California bounty. Grapes have been cultivated for centuries, and the origins may surprise you.. So sit back, pour yourself a glass and read up on wine.
11/05/2017 08:06 PM
When It Comes to Wine, Do As The Romans Did
Now that we are interested in making organic wine, it seems a good idea to revive ancient wine-making traditions. Researchers from the University of Catania in Sicily have begun to make wine as the Romans did two thousand years ago. They are trying to find out if it is feasible to make wine in the same way as the ancient Romans did.
10/22/2017 09:42 AM
Latest Wine Trends in the US and UK
Wine is becoming more popular than ever before. In fact it is taking over from beer as the UK and US's favourite alcoholic drink. It has less calories than beer and lager, which may be one reason why this is so. What's your favourite tipple? Has this changed in the last five years?
10/21/2017 07:21 PM
Fixing Wine Stained Lips and Teeth After Red Wine
Having trouble getting rid of those wine stains on your teeth and lips? We have some tips that will help! Read more...
10/17/2017 08:06 AM
Reinventing Mezcal Anejo and Con Gusano
Aged mezcals and those infused with "the worm" or con gusano, in recent years have not received the respect deserved from either retailers or the so called experts in the spirits industry. Their dogmatism is without merit and adversely impacts the imbibing public. Some write that aged mezcal such as reposado and anejo is not traditional mezcal. Nothing could be further from the truth. Others write that anything other than clear unaged mezcal masks the natural flavors of the agave. But if it does so in a positive way, what right do they have to tell us what to drink and what not to drink.
09/26/2017 07:56 AM
Your New Favorite Craft Beer Is Just A Sip Away
Micro brews and small batch beer are quickly gaining more popularity. The momentum in beer lovers choosing tastier and fuller brews has created an entire industry of especially made craft beer. Lovers of beer have a variety of choices and flavors to choose from not seen in any other period. As a result, the industry has exploded and the amount of choice at your local store can be staggering. Don't worry though, your new favorite brew is just a sip away with this guide.
09/10/2017 09:02 PM
It's Easy To Find Breweries Near Me If I Do This
You may be saying to no one in particular, "Hey, I really want to find breweries near me, but I have no idea where to look or how to even start searching." It might be important to start by trying to defining what it is you are looking for in a brewery.
09/01/2017 03:04 PM
How Many Types Of Beer Are Available To Drink?
Keep reading to know more about 23 different types of beers. Ale: Originally liquor made from an infusion of malt by fermentation, as opposed to beer, which was made by the same process but flavoured with hops. Today ale is used for all beers other than stout.
09/01/2017 10:14 AM
Know Your Red Wine Varieties
If you're having a dinner party and have no idea of the difference between a shiraz and a cabernet you need to get educated! Knowing your wine varieties and the foods they should be paired with will impress your guests and allow for some interesting topics of conversation as you impart pearls of wisdom. Read our article to find out more about red wines and where the originate from.
08/15/2017 12:06 PM
The Lugana Doc Consortium and Its Wines
Situated in the Lake Garda territory, the Lugana wine region offers great wines whose origin was certified in the 1700. The Lugana microclimate, which benefits from the temperate breezes of Lake Garda, is mild and seldom subject to sharp changes in temperature between night and day. It truly is the perfect "climatic cradle" for nurturing and enhancing the peculiar characteristics of grape cultivars. Discover one of the wine Italian excellence.
08/06/2017 06:53 PM
Is the Wine Industry Ready for New Label Technology?
Some wine label content is required by law but that does not mean labels are to be void of creativity. Labels act as a billboard and the window through which consumers get the first glimpse into the soul of a wine. In 3 seconds the label must invite the consumer to explore all the information on the bottle and decide to try. The product will then dictate the future sucess of the product with that consumer. Labels will not make a bad wine good. Holograms are now pushing their way into the wine label arena because holograms are fun and entertaining. Holograms do invite consumer to explore products and stimulate sales. 3-D labels have been around for 40 years; just now getting into wine.
07/18/2017 08:23 AM
Benefits of Drinking Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Alcohol-free drinks are growing in popularity because they offer the same satisfaction as an alcoholic beverage without its ill effects. They serve as a healthy substitute for their alcoholic counterparts.
07/17/2017 04:04 PM
Wines From Around The Globe
Riesling is one of the great white grapes. It produces wines that vary by region, but they share a great many traits. This wine is often highly fragrant, very delicious and food-friendly. It is a light-skinned, aromatic grape of German origin which is the world's finest white-wine grape variety.

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