1. Classic Wine Grape Varietals That Never Go Out of Style

    Classic Wine Grape Varietals That Never Go Out of Style

    In 2018, people couldn’t get enough of Rosé wine. In 2019, canned wines were all the rage. Organic wine was the fashion in 2020, and in 2021, Prosecco Rosé is gaining in popularity. While wine trends will come and go, the wines produced from these five grape varietals will never go out of style. 

    What Are the Most Popular Wine Grape Varieties?

    There are more than 10,000 grape varieties grown around the world, but only about 1300 varieties are cultivated for the express purpose of winemaking. Each has its own characteristics depending on where they are grown. Many of the most popular varieties are blended with other grapes to create some of the world’s best wines.

    Cabernet Sauvignon

    More winemakers grow Cabernet Sauvignon wine grapes than any other grape variety in the world. They are easy to cultivate, hardy, and can grow in a wide range of climates and t

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  2. Ultimate Wine Guide: 10 Most Important Things To Know

    Ultimate Wine Guide: 10 Most Important Things To Know

    What Is Wine?

    The earliest evidence of wine dates back to 6000 B.C. in Eastern Europe. While processes and varietals have changed since then, what defines wine remains the same–it is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of grapes.

    What Are 4 Different Types of Wine?

    There are four major types of wine, each with its own flavors and characteristics:

    • White wine. The vintner only uses the juice of the wine grape, not the skin, to produce white wine. White wine is naturally acidic and is often crisp and tart. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are popular white wines.
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  3. Does Alcohol Go Bad? How To Store Alcohol Properly

    Does Alcohol Go Bad? How To Store Alcohol Properly

    Ever wondered about the shelf life of your favorite wine, beer, or spirits? Wonder no more. We’ve got the lowdown on the life span of your favorite beverages as well as how to store alcohol to ensure you have optimal time to enjoy it.

    Does Alcohol Go Bad?

    Does liquor go bad? If someone gifted you a bottle of whiskey or rum, is it safe to drink if it’s been sitting on your shelf for a while? Just how long does alcohol last? The good news is that liquor such as gin, vodka, whiskey, tequila, and rum, are considered shelf-stable. That means that as long as you store the bottle properly and it remains unopened, you can consider it safe to drink indefinitely. 

    The Shelf Life of Liquor

    The shelf life of liquor can vary depending on the type of alcohol as well as on how it’s stored. Variables such as temperature, light exposure, and o

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  4. 7 Ways to Unstick the Cork From Your Wine Bottle

    7 Ways to Unstick the Cork From Your Wine Bottle

    Your holiday meal is ready to be served, and you’re ready to pour that fabulous Pinot Noir or maybe that bottle of M. Chapoutier Le Pavillon Hermitage you’ve been saving for just this occasion. You insert the corkscrew into the cork, and nothing happens. The cork is stuck in the wine bottle! Now what?

    Never fear! We’re sharing seven methods on how to get a cork out of a wine bottle without ruining your wine or your meal. Best of all, most involve using tools you already have around the house.

    The Good Old-Fashioned Corkscrew

    It makes sense to start with what’s handiest—your corkscrew. Begin by reinserting the corkscrew into the cork at a 45-degree angle. Us

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  5. Moscato Versus Moscato d’Asti: What’s the Difference?

    Moscato Versus Moscato d’Asti: What’s the Difference?

    Featured in hip-hop songs and even making an appearance on reality TV, Moscato is the white wine that younger generations can’t get enough of right now. But before heading out and picking up a bottle or two, it’s important to know that there are different types of Moscato. Depending upon your preferences, you may want to discover the differences between two of the most popular—Moscato and Moscato d’Asti. 

    What Is Moscato Wine?

    Moscato wine is an Italian dessert wine derived from Muscat wine grapes. It is light, sweet, and low in alcohol. Moscato’s flavor profile includes notes of lemon, mandarin orange, pear, orange blossom, and honeysuckle.

    Moscato d’Asti is a close relative but not a twin to Moscato. Instead, it comes from the Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains strain of grapes, o

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  6. The Best French Wines From Bordeaux to Muscadet

    The Best French Wines From Bordeaux to Muscadet

    Certainly, every wine lover has a favorite vintage, but wine aficionados consider French wine indisputably the best in the world. What makes French wine superior to wines produced in more than 50 countries around the globe? It’s all about the terroir.

    The best French wine takes on the flavors of the regions and soils in which the grapes grow (aka, terroir), and you won’t find a more diverse set of growing regions—each uniquely suited for cultivating certain grapes—than you’ll find in France. From the cooler climates of Champagne to the north, to the warm, dry climates of the Rhone Valley in the southeast and all the areas in between, France has a little bit of everything. The diverse set of wines reflect that, and it’s this diversity that makes French wine more complementary to food than o

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  7. The Wine Lover’s Guide to Nebbiolo

    The Wine Lover’s Guide to Nebbiolo

    Don’t let the translucent appearance and delicate aromas of Nebbiolo wine fool you. One sip, and you’ll discover that this is a bold, full-bodied red wine rich with tannins. 

    Nebbiolo grapes are cultivated in Barolo and Barbaresco, located in the Piedmont region of Italy. It is here that some of the world’s most celebrated wines are produced. Nebbiolo is Italian for “fog,” and the grapes are likely named so because the best Nebbiolo grape vineyards are located high above the valley where the fog collects.

    What Are The Differences Between Barbaresco and Barolo Wines?

    Nebbiolo wine boasts delicate aromas of roses, raspberries, and cherries, followed by robust flavors of cherry, coffee, and anise. And while there are similarities between Barbaresco and Barolo, there are also differences.

    Barolo is more s

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  8. The Ultimate Guide to The Best Riesling Wine

    The Ultimate Guide to The Best Riesling Wine

    Aromatic and sweet, Riesling wine is a perennial favorite for casual wine lovers and aficionados alike. The best Riesling wine has flavor notes of apricot, peach, apple, and lemon. Young Rieslings might feature a secondary flavor of honeycomb or ginger, while aged Rieslings may contain a whisper of petrol flavorings, something wine collectors prize when choosing Riesling wine.

    The History of Riesling Wine

    Riesling grapes originated in Germany, where unearthed documents place them in the year 1435. German nobility fancied the wine and stockpiled it, recognizing that it improved with age. Of course, now it’s produced around the world, and affordable Riesling wine prices don’t require one to possess the wealth of European royalty.

    Riesling grapes are hard-wooded and cold weather tolerant, making colder wine growing climates ideal for the hardy vines. They also grow well in areas wit

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  9. The Ultimate Guide to Moscato Wine

    The Ultimate Guide to Moscato Wine

    Summer may be fleeting, but Moscato white wine is a sweet vintage you can enjoy year-round. Whether you sip it as an aperitif or savor it with a gourmet meal, the hints of orange blossom and peach, mandarin orange, sweet lemon, pear, and honeysuckle will delight your palate. 

    What Is Moscato Wine?

    Moscato wine is produced from Muscat grapes, of which there are 200 known varieties grown around the world. Italy is the top producer of semi-sweet, semi-sparkling Moscato using Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains grapes grown in the Piedmont region. While Moscato typically comes from Italy, you can also find varieties from California and Australia, as well as Germany, where it’s labeled “Muskateller,” and Spain, where it’s called “Moscatel.” 

    Is Moscato sweet? Quite simply, yes. It’s also light with low alcohol content. This is due to its brief fermentation process, which tends to

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  10. The Secret Art of Making Red Blend Wine

    The Secret Art of Making Red Blend Wine

    If you’ve enjoyed a delicious glass of Dead Canyon Ranch Red or Encore Dark Red recently, you may not have realized that you were actually drinking a red blend wine. What is red blend wine? Quite simply, it is a domestic wine not made from one specific wine grape but rather a blend of several different grape varieties. 

    How Is Red Blend Wine Made?

    You may know that red blend wine is becoming increasingly popular, selling more than pinot noir or merlot and even rivaling the historically best selling red wine, cabernet sauvignon. What you may not know is that the best red wines have always been a blend. 

    Creating a red blend wine is part art and part science. Essentially, winemakers are d

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