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Now Is the Time to Start Drinking English Wine. “They make wine in England?”

Now Is the Time to Start Drinking English Wine

This is the reaction I get when I’m in wine-producing countries and I mention my love of English wine. The locals look baffled: Why don’t you just buy our delicious vinho verde or sherry or Saint-Chinian? The next question they ask is, "Is the wine any good? " English wine does not have a glorious recent history (though apparently some great wines were made in the 13th century), but in the last ten years, the wines have improved exponentially. That’s starting from a very low point, admittedly. The problem with England is not just that it’s cold—it is—but that it’s also gray and wet. Thankfully, the standard has improved hugely in the last 20 years.

So just how good are these wines? With sparkling wine, however, it’s a different story. They age, too. These bottles aren’t cheap, but they are worth it. Wine Phrases And What They Mean In Plain English. One of the most difficult aspects of being a casual wine consumer is that it can often seem like the enthusiasts are speaking a completely different language, and while that language may also be in English, to most people it’s anything but.

Wine Phrases And What They Mean In Plain English

The problem with this is that usually it’s the enthusiasts who are selling us the wine we so desperately want to enjoy, but because of the language disconnect, we’re left wondering what that phrase they just used actually means while standing there nodding our heads. For those of us lost in translation, just as we explained the meaning of 20 wine words most people don’t know, here are 16 wine phrases translated to plain English, so we’re all speaking the same language. “Pop and Pour” The wine is ready to drink right out of the bottle.

Wine around the world [infographic] 3 Urban Vineyards Show That Anything is Possible. There are plenty of local city breweries, but urban wineries seem to be only just catching on.

3 Urban Vineyards Show That Anything is Possible

For example, you can find 90 craft breweries in Portland that offer fresh growlers to city dwellers on a person-to-person basis. If you think about it, this is a local business dream come true. There are city wineries in places like Austin, Seattle, Brooklyn, Indianapolis, Chicago and even Chattanooga. Video: We Like When Band Au Revoir Simone Reviews Wines After Drinking Lots Of It.

Inside New York Wine Country. New York has a long history of wine production, boasting both America’s first bonded winery, Pleasant Valley, in the Finger Lakes, as well as its oldest continually operating winery, Brotherhood, located in the Hudson River Valley.

Inside New York Wine Country

15 Great Supermarket Wines For Under $15. If you’re looking for a great wine that you’re sure to be pleased with, we always say your best bet is to stick to a price of $20 or more.

15 Great Supermarket Wines For Under $15

From our experience, we’ve found that $20 is really the pivot point where, statistically speaking, spending at this price or above delivers a very high probability that the wine will be enjoyable. However, while spending $20 on a bottle for a dinner party or a date night is the way to go, we don’t really want to do that for the wine we drink on normal weeknights. And we shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality and taste in exchange for spending a little less.

The good news is that purchasing wines below the $20 threshold doesn’t cause the probabilities to absolutely plummet, you just run more of a risk of being underwhelmed. Cheap Wine - 14 Absolute Best Value Wines For Your Money. Buying A Bottle Of Wine: As Told By Desperate Housewives GIFS. Despite what some people may say, wine is a grocery, thus it is acceptable to grab a bottle or four when stocking the rest of your pantry.

Buying A Bottle Of Wine: As Told By Desperate Housewives GIFS

A lot can happen when shopping for that perfect bottle of wine, and we decided there was only one group of people to properly grasp the battlefield we know as the supermarket. The Desperate Housewives themselves. It’s been a horribly long day. And by long, we mean it’s 10:30 in the morning. An Overview of French White Wines. France is the origin place of many of the world’s most popular white wines including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.

An Overview of French White Wines

However, due to the way the French label their wines, it’s often hard to identify what exactly what wine is in the bottle. The Jaw-Dropping Wines of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Unfamiliar with South African wine?

The Jaw-Dropping Wines of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Read a short primer article first before delving into this advanced topic. Many of the photos we see of South African vineyards–positioned in front of striking granite mountains,–are from the Stellenbosch area. It contains the most developed winelands; it is home to an important wine University (University of Stellenbosch); and it is the center of wine tourism. In short, Stellenbosch is to South African wine much like Napa is to Californian wine. TIP: Stellenbosch is a sub-region, or district, within the Coastal Region. Here's How Long Wine Really Lasts Once It's Been Opened.

Every once in a while, an opened bottle of wine goes unfinished.

Here's How Long Wine Really Lasts Once It's Been Opened

(It's rare, but it happens.) This is good news, because it means that wine will be there for you on another evening. But how long will it last uncorked before it turns to vinegar? That, friends, all depends on the type of wine you drink. The fine folks at Wine Folly put together an easy-to-understand infographic that clears up the mystery of wine's shelf life. For the Love of Friuli Wine. Friuli (or more properly Friuli Venezia Giulia) lies in Italy’s northeastern corner.

For the Love of Friuli Wine

Protected from the northern winds by the Austrian and Slovenian Alps, Friuli’s climate is tempered by the Adriatic. The winemakers of this area have a reputation of being forward thinking and producing excellent white wines -- reds account for just under 40%. Tradition remains very important to the culture of the region as most properties are still largely owned by individual families. Considering the Wines of Serbia. I first encountered Serbian wines two years ago at the Balkans International Wine Competition. My discovery was about more than some new, exciting wines; it was also about a renaissance of vineyards, varieties and heritage. Over the last fifteen years, as Serbia began gathering its wits after Yugoslavia’s crack-up, winemakers have been ratcheting up wine quality.

They have invested in their vineyards and their wineries. Barolo vs. Brunello di Montalicino. If you ask Italians what the best Italian red wine is, you won’t get 1 answer, you’ll get at least 20. This is because there are 20 Italian provinces, and each province focuses on a different wine (and their all very good). Why The American Wine World Freaks Out About In Pursuit Of Balance. Photo: Courtesy of In Pursuit of Balance In Pursuit of Balance is a wine event that showcases California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, featuring top producers like Littorai. There are wine tastings nearly every day in New York and San Francisco, but few, if any, are talked about in the wine community as much as the annual In Pursuit of Balance (IPoB) tasting. Considering its limited scope — only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in California by 33 wineries are on offer — it may be hard to understand why it’s become an unquestionably seminal event.

First held in 2011, it was conceptualized by Jasmine Hirsch and Rajat Parr, who have no trouble selling their own wines but desperately wanted to find a voice for a group of people with the same ideals. Often, they found themselves having to compete for attention against wines that were made to fit a style instead of wines with a sense of place and, obviously, balance.

7 Wines That Every Red Wine Lover Should Know. Regardless of whether you’re new to wine or have been drinking it for years, you can learn a lot about wine today by looking at history. The following wines have fascinating stories that each represent a different type of red wine we love today. These wines gave rise to a thousand copycats, which created the world of wine we drink today. “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” –Pablo Picasso Château Lafite The birth of Cabernet-Merlot. Napa vs Sonoma: Wine Country Travel. 14 Charts That'll Help You Look Like A Bona Fide Wine Expert. Underrated Wine Travel: North Carolina. Engineered yeast could increase nutritional value of wine while reducing hangovers. Using a technique that cuts out unwanted copies of a genome to improve the beneficial properties of a compound, researchers working at the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Services (ACES) claim to have produced a yeast that could vastly increase the quality of wine while also reducing its hangover-inducing properties.

"Fermented foods – such as beer, wine, and bread – are made with polyploid strains of yeast, which means they contain multiple copies of genes in the genome," said Associate Professor of microbial genomics at the University of Illinois, Yong-Su Jin. "Until now, it’s been very difficult to do genetic engineering in polyploid strains because if you altered a gene in one copy of the genome, an unaltered copy would correct the one that had been changed," This newly-modified strain, the team believes, is a breakthrough of "staggering" proportions. Tips on Finding the Perfect Dry Gewürztraminer. Gewürztraminer is typically one of the first wines to get released after the new year in early spring. If you love spice-driven cuisines such as Thai, Indian and Arabic foods, you’ll find Gewürztraminer to be a perfect match.

You can typically pick up a decent bottle for around $10 and an exceptional Gewürztraminer for $16–22. The Yellow Tail Story: How Two Families Turned Australia Into America's Biggest Wine Brand. In 1992, imports of Australian wine accounted for only around 3% of all imported wine to the United States, with Italy and France continuing to hold a tight grip on the market at 30% and 50% respectively. 7 Regions Define New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Learn the taste differences and tips to find value and quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the 7 regions from a wine pro who lived and breathed Sauvignon Blanc on the South island.

White Burgundy: The Ultimate French Chardonnay. Get to know the basics with White Burgundy (Bourgogne) wine, the ultimate French Chardonnay. Included are 4 primary styles to know and useful tips on taste, what to expect to spend and food pairing from Chardonnay-addict and sommelier, Morgan Harris. For winemakers, white Burgundy may just be the Helen of Troy of Chardonnay because nearly everyone who’s ever made Chardonnay has looked towards white Burgundy as the golden standard. Best Malbec Wines - Ratings & Reviews from Wine Enthusiast. Showing 1 thru -8 of 2,981 points. A Chemist Explains Why Corks Matter When Storing Wine. Want to start a wine cellar? Believe it or not, choosing the right bottle might be just as important as what’s inside. Connecting Site... The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of Wine Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc. How Cheap Wine is Lying To You.

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