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Our Favorite White Wine Pairings with Everyday Foods

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on July 9, 2018
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Top Wine Gifts Under $100

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on July 6, 2018
Wine is one of the top five gifts for adults in the United States, and with good reason: a bottle of wine is connected to the vintage in which it was produced, and because of this, a wine from a significant year is the perfect way to celebrate an important milestone or anniversary.
With Personal Wine, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a big impression, so take a look at our sommelier-curated list of wine gifts priced under $100:
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Wine Gifts from Family-Owned Estates

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on July 3, 2018
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Luxury Wine Gifts That Are Guaranteed to Impress

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on June 21, 2018

Taste in wine, as in all matters aesthetic, is inherently subjective: you might love a wine that your friends do not find enjoyable, and vice-versa. Even among professional wine critics, ratings for the same wine can be highly variable, so how do you choose a luxury wine gift that’s guaranteed to impress?

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What is Sweet Wine? (Wine Basics)

Posted by Darren Scott - Sommelier on June 5, 2016

How It’s Made

When a winemaker decides to produce a sweet wine, he or she faces a dilemma: sugar is required to make the wine taste sweet, but the sugars in grape juice are converted into alcohol during fermentation.

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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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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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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 differing occasions, but it’s not always apparent how and why these vessels got their names. This guide breaks down the different wine bottle sizes and their names to demystify the terminology and make you a more savvy wine patron.

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