Monthly Archives: July 2021

  1. Sulfites in Wine: What They Are and How They Affect You

    Sulfites in Wine: What They Are and How They Affect You

    Imagine for a moment that you have a beautiful bottle of 1982 Lafite Rotschild (valued at $4,349!). As you uncork it, you anticipate the cinnamon-spiced exotic notes of herbs and black currants delighting your palate and dancing across your tongue. You pour a glass, take a sip, and thrill to the taste of...vinegar?

    Fortunately, this scenario is complete fiction. Why? Because that incredibly expensive bottle of wine contains sulfites. 

    What Are Sulfites and Why Does Wine Contain Them?

    Sulfites, also known as sulfur dioxide, are naturally occurring and an added preservative found in wine and many other foods and beverages. 

    Naturally occurring sulfites are antimicrobial agents produced as a byproduct of yeast metabolism during fermentation. 

    Sulfites added by vintners during the winemaking process preserve freshness and keep the wine from oxidizing

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  2. An Introductory Guide to Wine Sommeliers

    An Introductory Guide to Wine Sommeliers

    If you’ve ever ordered wine in an upscale restaurant, your first taste may have been poured by a wine sommelier (pronounced suh-muhl-yay). Sommelier is French for wine steward. But that’s a bit deceiving. A sommelier is so much more than a fancy name for a waiter or waitress. What’s more, a sommelier’s expertise goes beyond knowing one must serve white wine with fish and red wine with beef. 

    What is a Wine Sommelier?

    A sommelier receives professional training in every aspect of wine service, food, wine pairings, and wine storage. In addition, they develop wine lists for restaurants, train staff on wine service, and work with chefs to develop menus featuring complementary food and wine pairings. Above all els

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  3. 5 Easy Cocktails To Make at Home

    5 Easy Cocktails To Make at Home

    Who says you have to go out for cocktails when you can just as easily (and affordably) make at home? Even if the most bartending experience you’ve ever had is pouring wine from a bottle, these five drinks will have you thinking about a career in mixology. 

    Most of these classic cocktails contain no more than three or four ingredients--many you probably already have in your cabinet. And if you have the bare bar essentials like a cocktail shaker and an ice cube tray, you’re ready to stir things up.

    Whiskey Sour

    Sweet, tart, and impressively classy, bartenders have been making this whiskey drink since 1862. With just four ingredients, it’s simple to mix and tasty to drink.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 oz. bourbon whiskey
    • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
    • 3/4 oz. simple syrup
    • Orange slice or co
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  4. 6 Low Sugar Wines That Are Delicious

    6 Low Sugar Wines That Are Delicious

    If you’re dieting or trying to monitor your sugar intake for health reasons, you may think you have to forgo the occasional glass of vino because of the sugar in wine. Think again! Not all wines are loaded to the brim with sweeteners that will wreak havoc on your system. In fact, there are many varietals (red, white, and sparkling) that contain little sugar, allowing you to maintain your dietary goals. 

    The trick is, knowing which ones to sip and which ones to skip.

    Why Does Wine Contain Sugar?

    Understanding the fermentation process is key to determining which wine has the least amount of sugar. As wine ferments, yeast turns naturally occurring sugars into alcohol. The longer a wine ferments, the lower the levels of sugar and the higher the alcohol content. 

    Dry wines, such as pinot noir, chardonnay, and brut Champagne, average 1 to 3 grams of sugar per 5 ounce pour. Sweeter wines, such as a riesling or zinfandel, can contain a

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