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A Guide To Ordering (And Drinking) Wine… Without Sounding Like A Snob. Cheap vs Expensive Wine Taste Test ($7 vs $75) Grocery Store Wine Showdown (Cabernet Under $20) Learn to Taste by Taking Better Wine Tasting Notes. Best Wines for Breakfast. Wine for breakfast?

Best Wines for Breakfast

Sounds too good to be true. However, in the world of wine, not all bottles are created equal—and not all bottles have to kill the rest of your day. Grape variety, region and a little old thing called terroir determine how a wine tastes, as well as how much alcohol it contains. When it comes to pre-happy hour drinking, sticking to lower-ABV bottles is probably the best option. Behold, four examples of low-alcohol wine to savor any time of day, from weekend brunch to morning meal. RELATED Gin & Tonic Toast Is Your New Favorite Breakfast » Lambrusco Perhaps the most underrated wine in the universe, Lambrusco goes well with just about everything; we’re talking meal, situation, even time of day. Try: Lini 910 Labrusca Rosso Lambrusco NV Pét-Nat Over the last few years, pét-nats have garnered serious attention—and once you’ve tasted one, it’s not shocking to understand why.

Try: Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon La Cueille NV Albariño Try: Broadbent Vinho Verde. Tips On Finding Great Oregon Pinot Noir. Want Better Wine on a Budget? Stop Buying From California. Food & Wine. 12 Amazing Wine Flight Ideas. Wine flights are an excellent way to quickly master in the art of wine tasting.

12 Amazing Wine Flight Ideas

Tasting wines side-by-side reveals the subtle differences that you might have otherwise missed, which is why the experience is so educationally compelling. In the wine business, we call this style of tasting “comparative tasting,” and organize the practice so that each participant is to bring one bottle based on a specific theme (to share the cost). Fortunately, you don’t have to be a wine professional to create a tasting group.

All you really need are a few friends and a theme. So, here are 12 wine flight ideas (plus, how to create your own) that will improve your palate and expand your wine horizons. Take On The Wine Challenge. Learn about wine with a structured wine tasting that you can do on your own.

Take On The Wine Challenge

The tasting is designed to be accompanied by the book: Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. We love to drink, sometimes maybe more than we’d like to admit. How Wines Age. What do old wines taste like?

How Wines Age

And… the question we’re all wondering: are old wines better than young wines? Learn how wines age by observing a single wine (a Merlot) produced for nearly 30 years from the same vineyard by the same winery. What you’ll discover might surprise you, it certainly surprised us. We’ve all heard “the older, the better” when it comes to wine, but is this really true? In reality, there aren’t that many wines built to last (maybe only 3% of the market). 2017 Wine Buying Guide (For Reds and Whites) Last updated Oct. 17th, 2017 Wine Folly’s 2017 Wine Buying Guide will come in handy regardless of whether you’re a novice or are a pro.

2017 Wine Buying Guide (For Reds and Whites)

It’s organized by style of wine (from bold red to light white wines) with a focus on which regions, varieties, and vintages to seek out. Vintage Chart Compilation. The Type of Wine Glass Majorly Affects the Taste of Your Wine! We tested two wine glasses, both designed for Cabernet Sauvignon, that offered surprisingly different results.

The Type of Wine Glass Majorly Affects the Taste of Your Wine!

Find out which characteristics to pay attention to when looking for your perfect wine glass. See Madeline Puckette identify the differences while testing two Cabernet Sauvignon wine glasses. Upon first glance, the wine glasses don’t seem to be that different. Both are stemmed, crystal wine glasses designed for Cabernet-based wines and manufactured by Riedel. However, the differences between these two glasses are enough to change our perception of how a wine tastes. Krug CEO Says Stop Drinking Champagne From a Flute. Proper glassware can make or break a drinking experience.

Krug CEO Says Stop Drinking Champagne From a Flute

When it comes to Champagne, the epitome of luxury, drinking from the correct glass is crucial if you want to enjoy your bubbly. Not just any glass will do, according to Krug CEO Maggie Henriquez. How to Stop Overthinking Wine Tasting. 12 Amazing Wine Flight Ideas. Take On The Wine Challenge. Wine Folly - Grab a glass of #wine and get inside how a... Blue Lifestyle - Curating what's best in your life. Home - The SOMM Journal. The Next Big Names in American Wine. If the word sommelier makes you think of an ascot-sporting, tuxedo-clad man looking down his nose at anyone daring to mispronounce Viognier, that image is about to change.

The Next Big Names in American Wine

A new generation of American wine experts is coming to the fore, making the world of wine a more inviting space for drinkers of all races, genders and ages (older than 21, of course). They may hail from all corners of the country, their hands in all sectors of the industry, but they all have one thing in common: a dedication to putting the fun back into vino. Meet the new wave of experts shaking up American wine. Belinda ChangJames Beard Award-Winning Sommelier at Large Chicago, IL Photo: Jason Little. Weird Wine Flavors and the Science Behind Them. If we loved wine just for the fruit, we’d just drink juice.

Weird Wine Flavors and the Science Behind Them

And if that were the case, there would be magazines, books, films, collector’s guides, and ratings all around the topic of juice (and this site would be called “juice folly”). No, we love wine, partly for the alcohol, but also partly for wild diversity of flavors–many of which are bizarre and require an acquired taste. The first flavors we learn to identify in wine are fruit flavors, perhaps because these are the most gratifying.

However, when you get into wine, it’s hard not to notice all the funky, weird flavors including smells like: leather, Band-Aid, clove, cooked cabbage and baby diaper. The Wine Tasting Method (Video) The wine tasting method is a simple process that will help you identify specific characteristics of a wine while tasting it.

The Wine Tasting Method (Video)

The tasting method splits a wine tasting up into 4 sections based on four of the five physical senses we use to experience wine. Look. We Aged Two Buck Chuck; Here's What it Tasted Like. Photo credit: Flickr jadepalmer Two Buck Chuck doesn’t exactly have a reputation for aging. While arguably the most well-known wine in America, Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw wine is more often the target of lampoons than accolades among the wine-drinking set.

To be honest, I think they overdo it. The fact is, millions of drinkers enjoy Charles Shaw wines, and for that reason alone it deserves more street cred than it gets. The Prosecco Wine Guide. Prosecco is Italy’s most popular sparkling wine. While it’s often compared to Champagne, it’s made with different grapes and a different winemaking method. As you’ll soon discover, there’s more to Prosecco than affordable bubbles. “There’s more to Prosecco than affordable bubbles” Cheap Wine Sucks: A Manifesto. The Secret to Blind Tasting? Know "The Grid" This Advanced article will show you how to improve your palate with the tasting grid, a tool used by professional sommeliers. Learn the exact technique that Sommeliers use to blind taste wine. If you’re just getting started with wine tasting, this article is pretty advanced so you may prefer to read How to Taste Wine and Develop Your Palate as a primer.

No singular secret masters the art of blind tasting. The Best Wines to Try From Chile. Chile is known for producing wines of exceptional value, but that’s not to say Chilean wines don’t also include outstanding bottles to boast about. As a new world wine region, with 2,700 miles of coastline along the frigid Pacific Ocean, Chile produces wines that are both fruit-forward factor and herbaceous, similar to French wine. It’s no wonder then, that French wine producers from Bordeaux have invested heavily in the region, making it their home away from home. Reality of Wine Prices (What You Get For What You Spend) The cost of a bottle of wine is a lot more pre-thought-out than you might think. There are different pricing segments for wine which include words like “ultra premium,” “popular premium,” and “super value.” Let’s take a look at these categories of wine prices (and how they’ve increased) and understand what to expect based on what you spend. How much should we expect to spend on decent wine?

After researching wine pricing segmentation and observing pricing from major retailers online, we’ve come to the tentative conclusion that wines with typicity are much closer to $15 a bottle (in the United States). Also, if you want to buy a bottle of something hand-crafted, it’s hard to spend less than $20 for wine from a small-production winery. Forget the 2nd Cheapest…Get The Cheapest Wine.

I enjoy going to fancy restaurants. I also used to work in them and one of the things I’ve learned about the business of wine is that the cheapest wine is often one of the most special wines on the menu, especially in nice places with a proper sommelier. On a fancy night out, dressed in your best (or, next-best) outfit, surrounded by elegant ambiance, your meal begins with a glance through the wine menu. As you scan through the selections, you take note of those hefty price tags, find the cheapest bottle on the menu and opt for the one that’s $0.50 more.

Am I right? Yes, I am. I say: find the cheapest wine – and get it. Late Harvest Wines and Why They're Awesome. What are late harvest wines? Late harvest wines are made from grapes that are left on the vine even after they’ve reached their peak ripeness. When grapes are (quite literally) left hanging, they become sweeter over time as each individual grape dehydrates and the sugar content becomes more concentrated. Secrets a Wine Sommelier Will Never Tell You. All month long, we are paying homage to the mighty grape. Grab a glass and join us as we Wine Down. The wine world can feel pretentious and inaccessible to the uninitiated, which is why we asked the experts to uncork the mystery of the wine cellar and spill their juicy, insider intel along the way. Sure, they may have passed the most challenging wine exam in the world and know more about Nebbiolo than you ever will, but somms are more down to earth than you might think, and they’re pretty damn fun, too—especially when they’re spilling the goods.

RELATED 6 Wine Buzzwords, Decoded by the Experts » Here are 11 juicy secrets straight from somm (sorry) of the coolest sommeliers in the country. ① Somms Hide Their Favorite Bottles in the Middle of the Wine List"Because wine lists can be too densely packed with so many options, people often order the wine at the top of the page or at the beginning of a category. Is There a Wine for Guys Who Don't Like Wine?

4 Wines To Try from Provence. Drink Your Way Through Austrian Wine. Understanding Aglianico Wine: Italy's Next Red. Differences Between Chardonnay and Viognier. The Secret to Blind Tasting? Know "The Grid" Reality of Wine Prices (What You Get For What You Spend) In Search of the Best Wines from Priorat. Priorat is a small but renowned red winemaking region located just south of Barcelona, Spain. Find out what makes Priorat’s wines so unique, and what to look for when seeking out a great bottle. Those of us who have an obsession for bold red wines gravitate to places like Priorat: a tiny mountainous region, rugged and dry, pretty much unsuitable for any other crop… except for wine grapes and olives.

Add to this situation the intense love of the Mediterranean sun, and Priorat ascends to the top of the rich, ripe red wine pantheon. The future for this big-red-wine lovers mecca wasn’t alway secure. Priorat had all but disappeared as wine-growing region by the mid-1970s, due to fascist dictator Fancisco Franco’s subsistence-based agricultural policy and the remoteness of the region. Inspired by French quality winemaking and the dramatic nature of Priorat’s vineyards, a handful of winemakers decided to reclaim Priorat for quality wine in the late 1980s. How Wines Age. Chablis Wine Guide. Chablis (“Shah-blee”) is a Chardonnnay making wine region in the northwest corner of Burgundy, France. Unlike other Chardonnay wines, Chablis rarely uses oak-aging, resulting in a very different style and taste profile. It’s because of Chablis’ renown, that the unoaked Chardonnay style is popular worldwide.

What Does Chablis Taste Like? Chablis is 100% Chardonnay made in a lean style with minerality unlike any other. by Dominic Lockyer Wines from Chablis are frequently described as having citrus and white flower aromas with dry, lean, light-bodied flavors of citrus, pear, minerality and salinity. The regional characteristics of Chablis are definitely represented in the wines. Chablis Food Pairing. Is Expensive Wine Worth It? Red Wines From Lightest to Boldest (Chart) Gewürztraminer Wine Guide. Tempranillo: Wine Profile. Do You Have a 'Common Palate' for Wine? Updated Wine Aroma Wheel with 100+ Flavors. Top Wine Tasting Terms To Know And How to Use Them. The Art of Blind Tasting. How to Host a Wine Tasting Party. How to Taste Wine (video guide) Ruby Port vs Tawny Port. Live Wine Tasting #1.