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Wine Basics: Rosé Wine

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on May 25, 2016

How It’s Made

There are three basic methods to know about rosé wine production: limited skin maceration, saignée or “bleeding,” and blending.  As we mentioned in our guide on Red Wine Basics, red wine gets all of its color from the time it spends in contact with the skins of the grapes during fermentation.  As such, a winemaker may purposefully craft rosé wine by reducing the maceration to a period of hours or days depending on the desired color, which ranges from pale pink to cherry red.  This is widely regarded as the best technique for rosé production.  The method known as saignée is a variant on this procedure and involves “bleeding” juice from a maceration, creating a rosé wine as a byproduct of red wine fermentation.  Finally, rosé can be made by blending a small amount of red wine into a white wine to give it color, but this practice is prohibited in most wine regions. The notable exception to this is Rosé Champagne - the world’s most expensive type of rosé wine - which is almost always assembled from a blend of red and white base wines. 

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Wine Basics: White Wine

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on May 8, 2016

How It’s Made 

We love a cool, crisp white wine, especially in the heat of summer. But do you know about white wine's life and it' journey from being a cute lil' grape to getting in your glass?

Here are the white wine basics you ought to know.

As Alanis says: "You... Youuu... You... Outta knooooowww.

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Personalized Corporate Gifts

Posted by Personal Wine on May 1, 2016

Mini wine bottles and mini champagne bottles are appropriate corporate gifts for many occasions. They scale down the cost of a full size bottle, but still retain its classiness. A case of mini bottles is perfect for an event with a lot of people, or it can be saved for the individual bottles to be passed out on your discretion. They can also be customized to showcase your brand on the label.

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Wine Basics: Red Wine

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on April 27, 2016

How It’s Made

When grapes destined to become red wine are harvested, they are brought to the winery to be sorted and crushed.

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Wine Basics: How to Taste Wine

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on April 13, 2016

The ability to accurately describe the flavors of a wine and distinguish between different grape varietals is not an innate gift granted to so-called “supertasters” at birth; instead, it is a learned ability that must be cultivated through study and practice.

There are four steps you can take to become a more effective taster and prove your taste pallet:

  1. 1. Look—observe color, clarity, and viscosity.
  2. 2. Smell—detect fruit, non-fruit, or oak.
  3. 3. Taste—experience sweetness, body, acid, tannin, and alcohol.
  4. 4. Finish—exhale out of your nostrils after swallowing.
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12 Shocking Things You Can (But Probably Shouldn't) Do With a Wine Bottle Opener

Posted by Personal Wine on April 1, 2016

12 Bizarre Things You Can Do With A Wine Bottle Opener

Things are not always what they seem. Sometimes, they are more than we perceive them to be. An everyday object like a wine bottle opener, for example, was built with one specific purpose in mind, but surprisingly it can serve you in numerous other ways.

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What are the Different Wine Bottle Sizes? (Wine Basics)

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on March 20, 2016

In today’s marketplace, wine bottles come in a wide variety of sizes for different occasions, but it’s not always apparent how and why these different vessels got their names.  This guide is designed to demystify the terminology surrounding different sizes of wine bottles and make you a more savvy consumer of wine.

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How to Apply Wine Labels On a Bottle

Posted by Personal Wine on March 17, 2016

Stuck in deciding the perfect gift for the holidays, a birthday, or an office party? Wine is the classic, elegant beverage for all to enjoy over a nice snack or meal – it brings people together in celebration. To add a personal touch to your gift, you can create a personalized wine label. Wine labeling is a fun, easy gift idea for any occasion. Let us teach you how to remove wine bottle labels and apply your own.

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Tips For Creating The Perfect Wine Label

Posted by Personal Wine on March 13, 2016

From store bought to homemade, gift giving has definitely changed for the better. Now, with Pinterest and wikiHow pages, it is clear that the best gifts are personalized and DIY.

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The Different Types of Wine Glasses (Wine Basics)

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on March 6, 2016
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