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Red Wine Sangria 101

Red Wine Sangria 101

When you think of red wine, odds are you think of a dry wine automatically.  The vast majority of red wines are indeed dry, but there are a few types of sweet red wine.  There are also mixed drinks which are sweet and include red wine as part of the recipe.  One such sweet beverage is sangria.  Sangria is a drink which comes from Spain and Portugal and traditionally includes red wine (though white... »

An Introduction to Red Wines

An Introduction to Red Wines

When you walk into a restaurant and look at the wine list, you will usually find the wines grouped into two main categories: red and white.  Red wine is obviously named for its color.  Red wines are red; white wines are white or close to it.  Red wines may range in color from almost black to a maroon color with a trace of violet to a true red.  What gives red wines their distinctive hues?  The col... »

How to Read a Wine Label

How to Read a Wine Label

When you walk into a liquor store and start strolling down the wine aisle, what do you look for?  Do you shop for your old reliable favorites, or do you try new brands and types of wines that you’ve never had before?  The beautiful, colorful labels which grace so many wine bottles are designed to catch our attention and make wine brands stand out on the shelves among many other similar looking bot... »

Learn Wine:  Chianti

Learn Wine: Chianti

Even if you are relatively new to the world of fine wines, odds are you are at least somewhat familiar with Chianti.  Chianti, like many other types of wine, is named for the region where it is produced.  Chianti is located in central Tuscany, and originally referred to the relatively narrow area surrounding the villages of Radda, Castellina, and Gaiole.  Merchants in these villages as early as th... »

Types of White Wine: Tokay

Types of White Wine: Tokay

Tokay is a word which can refer to any of several different grape varietals, wine-producing regions or types of wines, but it is most commonly used to refer to a type of wine which is produced in the Tokaj-Hegyalja region of Hungary.  This region encompasses a small plateau which is located near the Carpathian Mountains.  The soil where the grapes are grown is volcanic in nature and contains high ... »

Types of Sweet White Wine:  Champagne

Types of Sweet White Wine: Champagne

Many people recall their very first taste of wine as having been Champagne; Champagne is incorporated into many celebrations and rites of passage; in some ways, drinking Champagne is itself a coming-of-age tradition.  Around the turn of the 20th century, Champagne producers launched a successful marketing campaign which associated this sparkling beverage with royalty and aristocracy.  Today it ret... »

Types of Sweet White Wine:  Fortified Wine

Types of Sweet White Wine: Fortified Wine

Fortified wine is any wine to which brandy spirits (or similar distilled beverages) have been added during fermentation.  Fortified wines include port, sherry, Marsala, Madeira wine, vermouth, and Commandaria wine.  The resulting wine may be sweet or dry, red or white.  Since distilled beverages contain ethanol, they were originally added to wine to preserve it.  As it turns out though, fortifying... »

An Introduction to Sweet White Wine

An Introduction to Sweet White Wine

Few beverages have such a great historical tradition behind them and such classy modern associations as wine.  If you’re just getting into drinking wine, you’ll quickly discover that sweet white wine is one of the most common types and also one of the most accessible for beginners.  Sweet white wine is actually a whole category of wines; these include ice wines, Moscato wines, Sauternes, Tokay, la... »

Ice wine

Learn Wine: Ice Wine

One unique type of sweet white wine is ice wine, called Eiswein in Germany.  Ice wine is quite a literal name which reflects the process by which this type of wine is made; the grapes are allowed to freeze outside before they are harvested.  They are then harvested frozen.  Unlike many other types of sweet white wine, there is no infection caused by noble rot.  Instead, the sweetness of ice wine r... »

Learn Wine: Sauternes

Learn Wine: Sauternes

One type of sweet white dessert wine which you will become familiar with as you sample white wines is Sauternes.  Sauternes is a richly flavorful French wine which is made in the Sauternais region of the Graves section in Bordeaux.  It is characterized by a sweet yet zesty flavor which retains some acidity.  Many people say that they detect notes of honey and apricots.  Like several other types of... »

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