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Canada’s First Wine Village Set to Open in BC’s Okanagan Valley | Just Wine
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Canada’s First Wine Village Set to Open in BC’s Okanagan Valley

Okanagan Valley will be the home to Canada’s first ever Wine Village. Take a first look at what the village will look like and what it’s all...
You’ve heard of a wine country, but have you ever heard of a “wine village”? British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is set to be the home of Canada’s first-ever “wine village”, a wine community featuring artisan wine producers, distillers, craft brewers, wine, beer and spirit events and a variety of culinary...
BC Winery Partners with BC SPCA to Create a Wine to Help Save BC Wildlife | Just Wine
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BC Winery Partners with BC SPCA to Create a Wine to Help Save BC Wildlife

British Columbian Winery, Northern Lights Estate has teamed up with the BC SPCA to produce a wine in efforts to save the BC Wildlife
If you’re a wine lover and an animal lover, you can now embrace both your loves while drinking wine to save the animals! British Columbian winery, Northern Lights Estate Winery has teamed up with the British Columbia Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) to release “The Bear“, a Pinot...
Calgary & Edmonton Wine Events in September 2019 | Just Wine
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Calgary & Edmonton Wine Events in September 2019

Check out these amazing wine events happening in September 2019 in Calgary, Edmonton and other places in Alberta!
  Calgary (& Surrounding Areas) Wine Events in September:   Takayama x Kobayashi Collaboration Dinner When: Saturday, September 7, 2019 @ 6 pm to 9 pm Where: Sukiyaki House (Calgary) Price: $250 CAD 9-course dinner with sake, wine, and tea pairing Regarded as one of the best chefs in the world, having...
What is Arsenic? Should Consumers Be Concerned About Arsenic in Wine? | Just Wine
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What is Arsenic? Should Consumers Be Concerned About Arsenic in Wine?

In 2015, a lawsuit was filed against wineries producing wine containing high levels of arsenic. But what is arsenic and what are its effects?...
What is Arsenic? How does arsenic get in wine? Arsenic is a natural element that is typically found in rocks, heavy metals and soil. It can seep into a vineyard’s water and soil when arsenic-containing rocks erode due to rain, river water or wind. Arsenic is typically grouped into two categories: organic...
Okanagan Valley and Area Wine Events in August 2019 | Just Wine
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Okanagan Valley and Area Wine Events in August 2019

Check out these amazing wine events happening in August 2019 in the Okanagan Valley!
    Okanagan Valley (near Kelowna) Wine Events in August:   Ladies Night at Harper’s Trail When: Wednesday, August 7, 2019, @ 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Where: Harper’s Trail Estate Winery, 2761 Shuswap Road, East Osoyoos Price: FREE Join Harper’s Trail for Ladies Night 2.0! We are back, bigger and better than...
Toronto and Niagara Wine Events in August 2019 | Just Wine
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Toronto and Niagara Wine Events in August 2019

Check out these amazing wine events happening in August 2019 in Toronto, Niagara and other places in Ontario!
  Toronto (& Surrounding Areas) Wine Events in August:   Think Pink, Drink Pink at Duke of Westminster When: Thursday, August 01, 2019 @ 5 pm to 7 pm Where: Duke of Westminster, 77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto Price: $8 $1 from every ticket sold goes to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. All the...
You Can Now Spend the Night in a Floating Wine Barrel Cabin | Just Wine
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You Can Now Spend the Night in a Floating Wine Barrel Cabin

Visit this wine drinker’s dream airbnb for your next vacation!
As a wine lover, sometimes it can be hard to know where to visit on your next holiday. Well, located in the cozy area of Essex, Ontario, is the perfect Airbnb for any wine drinker to consider on their next wine vacation – a floating wine barrel cabin! It is called the “Floating Panoramic Wine Barrel...
Barefoot Wines Releases New Canned Wine Spritzer Flavours Perfect for the Summer | Just Wine
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Barefoot Wines Releases New Canned Wine Spritzer Flavours Perfect for the Summer

Calling all canned wine lovers! Barefoot Wines just added two new flavours to their wine spritzer collection. Trust us, these flavours are perfect...
Calling all canned wine lovers! This is not a drill! Barefoot Wines just released 2 new canned wine spritzer flavours that you’ll be sipping all summer long. Maybe on a patio, or a yacht… or in your backyard, or whatever. New Barefoot Canned Wine Spritzer Flavours 2019 Obviously, canned wine is the new...

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Here’s Where to Get the Best Wine Advent Calendars for Christmas 2019 | Just Wine
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Here’s Where to Get the Best Wine Advent Calendars for Christmas 2019

’Tis the season for advent calendars. Get yourself or that wine enthusiast in your life a wine advent calendar before it’s too late!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The countdown to the holidays are on! And what better way to countdown to Christmas in the best way with an adult advent calendar! The kind that’s filled wine… Surprise yourself with a new wine every day until Christmas with these festive wine advent calendars....
DIY Wine Advent Calendars – How to Make Your Own Wine Holiday Calendar at Home | Just Wine
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DIY Wine Advent Calendars – How to Make Your Own Wine Holiday Calendar at Home

Too late to order your wine advent calendar this year? No worries, you can make your own! Here’s how to make the best wine advent calendar at...
The holiday season is upon us! Which means it’s time to countdown to Christmas in the best way possible… with wine! Every wine lover needs a wine advent calendar. So, whether you were too late to order one, not a big fan of surprises (a.k.a. you’re super particular about your wine choices) or you’re...
The Best Food & Wine Pairings for Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner | Just Wine
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The Best Food & Wine Pairings for Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a time for loved ones, good food and great wine. Here are our recommended pairings for your holiday dinner including turkey,...
Thanksgiving Day is a time to reflect on what it is we’re thankful for this year. It is a time to appreciate family and friends and invite special guests over for a holiday dinner. At Just Wine, we are especially grateful for delicious wines, paired with some of Thanksgiving’s most popular dishes....
How Long Does Wine Last Open? – How to Tell if Wine Has Gone Bad | Just Wine
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How Long Does Wine Last Open? – How to Tell if Wine Has Gone Bad

We all wonder about it sometimes, but how long is that open bottle of wine going to last? Here’s your guide to making sure you get the most out...
Do you have a bottle of wine that you opened and never got around to finishing? We know most wines have a pretty long shelf life. And of course, wine is great when cellared and aged, but does that still apply once the wine has been opened? Let’s find out just how long wine lasts opened, how to store...
Why Does Wine Give Me a Headache? How to Prevent Wine Headaches | Just Wine
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Why Does Wine Give Me a Headache? How to Prevent Wine Headaches

The morning after drinking wine can be brutal, to say the least – that piercing wine headache can ruin your whole day. Here’s why wine gives...
We’ve all been there – one bottle of wine suddenly turned into two, maybe even three bottles of wine and now you’re nursing the worst wine headache of your life. It feels like a killer migraine, and you only get these when you drink wine! But why is that? Well, we did the research so you don’t have...
What is Wine? | Just Wine
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What is Wine?

Wine — It’s your favourite drink, but how much do you actually know about it? What is wine? Who invented wine? How is wine made? Continue reading...
Wine Wine. It’s your favourite alcoholic drink and you’re always willing to try new and unique wines, but how much do you actually know about wine? If someone who had no idea what wine is asked you about it, would you be able to answer all their questions? Continue reading to start working out your...
What’s a Wine Tasting Spit Bucket and Why Do We Use It? | Just Wine
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What’s a Wine Tasting Spit Bucket and Why Do We Use It?

No matter how much of a wine noob or expert you are, at some point everyone giggles a little when they hear (or ask) the question “Should I spit...
If you’ve ever been to a wine tasting event, you might have noticed people spitting out their wine after sloshing it around inside their mouths. This might sound rude and completely insane to beginner wine drinkers, but surprisingly, it is actually suggested that you spit your wine out at a wine tasting.   If...
The Best Cheap Wines That Taste Like They’re Expensive | Just Wine
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The Best Cheap Wines That Taste Like They’re Expensive

Wine is obviously our drink of choice, but buying bottles of wine can sure add up! Here are some of the best inexpensive wines to drink if you’re...
We all love our wine, but can bottles of wine ever be expensive! Just because you’re on a budget though, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy wine that tastes like it’s expensive! Here are 8 inexpensive wines to drink if you’re broke but love good wine!   The Best Cheap Red Wine   Apothic Crush The Crush is...

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The Best Wines for Christmas – 12 Wines of Christmas Dinner | Just Wine
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The Best Wines for Christmas – 12 Wines of Christmas Dinner

12 delicious wines that pair well with Christmas dinner and difficult relatives.
What is a good Christmas wine? This guide will take some of the guess-work out of what you need for Santa’s arrival, dinner wine pairings and all the wonderful festivities surrounding Christmas.   The Best Champagne for Christmas Whether it’s morning mimosas or afternoon wine and cheese, Christmas...
5 Winter Wine Cocktail Recipes to Warm Your Christmas Feels | Just Wine
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5 Winter Wine Cocktail Recipes to Warm Your Christmas Feels

Need a winter warmer? Check out these 5 holiday wine cocktails that’ll be sure to get you through the winter.
The Best Holiday Wine Cocktails for the Winter Spiced Red Wine Cocktail Recipe Most people don’t realize that Christmas actually has a smell to it and if our smell memory serves us correctly it is vanilla and cinnamon. Fill your house with the smell of Christmas with this red wine cocktail from She Knows. The...
Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey Recipes with Wines to Match After the Holidays | Just Wine
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Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey Recipes with Wines to Match After the Holidays

What to do with leftover Thanksgiving turkey? From the classic sandwich to Tex-Mex turkey dishes. We have recipes and wine pairings for you.
Leftover Turkey Dishes and Wine Pairings — The Day After Thanksgiving Thanksgiving dinner is just as good the second time around. Now that we’re waking up from our turkey induced comas it’s time to survey the leftovers. We know you’re asking yourself, “What do I do with all this turkey?!”...
6 Best Places for Wine Happy Hours in Edmonton, Alberta | Just Wine
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6 Best Places for Wine Happy Hours in Edmonton, Alberta

Hitting up a happy hour for wine is a staple in Edmonton, so here are the best places to go for after work drinks in YEG!
When you’re leaving the office after a long day of work, it’s nice to head somewhere for a happy hour to relax with a drink (or two, or three or…). If you’re anything like us, you NEED a glass of wine after work some times as you try to blow off steam! Here’s a list of the best places to go for after-work...
8 Best Places in Calgary for Drinks After Work | Just Wine
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8 Best Places in Calgary for Drinks After Work

After work drinks are a staple for working professionals in Calgary, so here are the best places to go in YYC for happy hour and wine!
After a long day at the office, we all need to blow off steam sometimes. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a collection of the happy hours in Calgary where you can get the best deals on wine? We have you covered! This list features the best places in YYC for glasses of wine after work! Disclaimer: You...
How to Marinate with Wine: 7 Wine Marinade Recipes You Need To Try | Just Wine
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How to Marinate with Wine: 7 Wine Marinade Recipes You Need To Try

Struggling to think of what to do with your leftover wine? Create a wine marinade for any dish. Marinades made with wine is the perfect way to...
Whether you’re needing a marinade for your grilled meal at the family reunion or an oven roast for a romantic night in, there is a wine marinade for any meal or occasion. Not only will these wine marinades enhance your meal, they also allow for amazing wine pairing opportunities.   What is a Wine Marinade? Marinades...
8 Prosecco Cocktails Perfect for Any Occasion | Just Wine
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8 Prosecco Cocktails Perfect for Any Occasion

We all love our Prosecco, but sometimes you want to be a little more creative with your recipes instead of just going with the classic mimosa!...
Whether you’re cooling off on a patio somewhere or celebrating a special occasion, a Prosecco cocktail can never go wrong! What goes well with Prosecco? Sparkling wines, like Prosecco, are great for creating delicious wine cocktail combinations. Usually, these cocktails are made combining prosecco and...
The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine With Any Type of Food | Just Wine
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The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine With Any Type of Food

Matching wine with different foods is an art. Whether you have guests coming in a few minutes and need some quick advice or you want to learn...
What does wine pairing mean? Why do we drink wine with food? You’ve probably heard the term “wine pairing” before, but what does it mean? Pairing food and wine is the process of matching dishes to wines based on flavour, body and other characteristics to enhance the dining experience. This is typically...
6 Easy Wine Foil Packet Recipes Perfect for Quick Dinners | Just Wine
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6 Easy Wine Foil Packet Recipes Perfect for Quick Dinners

If you’re looking for quick and easy dinner recipes, you’ve come to the right place! Packed with flavour, these foil packet recipes will give...
Grilled foil packets are an easy way to make amazing dinners on the grill or in the oven. They’re endlessly customizable and can keep you out of the hot kitchen in the summer– or save you the clean up all year ’round! If you value convenience when it comes to cooking, then you’ll love these foil packet...

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Champagne vs. Sparkling Wine — What’s the Difference? | Just Wine
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Champagne vs. Sparkling Wine — What’s the Difference?

What is a sparkling wine? Continue reading to learn about the differences between still and sparkling wines, champagne and prosecco and other...
While a lot of wine drinkers are the knowledgable about the differences between red wines and white wines, sometimes Champagne-style wines can get confusing. The differences between champagne, sparkling wine, and prosecco are actually quite simple.   What’s the Difference Between Champagne and Sparkling...
9 Junk Food & Wine Pairings Perfect for a Night In | Just Wine
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9 Junk Food & Wine Pairings Perfect for a Night In

Wine can be paired with just about anything – even junk food! Whether you’re into savoury snacks or sweet treats, we got your snack food cravings...
Whether you’re settling in for a movie night or having one of those “treat yourself” days (or weeks, months…), it’s always a good idea to combine your favourite snacks with wine. There’s no better way to class up your junk food obsession than with the perfect wine pairings! Here are some perfect wine...
What is Gewürztraminer? Wine Varietal Facts – From Flavour to Grape Variety | Just Wine
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What is Gewürztraminer? Wine Varietal Facts – From Flavour to Grape Variety

What is Gewürztraminer? Where is it grown and what should it taste like? This is a guide is everything you need to know about Gewürz wine from...
What is Gewürztraminer? Gewürztraminer is a dry or medium sweet, aromatic white wine. It contains very low acidity and high alcohol content. Its dominant flavours are rose and lychee. In this post, we’ll cover some quick facts on the Gewürztraminer wine varietal and give you an in-depth analysis...
Organic vs Biodynamic vs Natural Wine – What’s the Difference? | Just Wine
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Organic vs Biodynamic vs Natural Wine – What’s the Difference?

We’re sure you’ve all heard about Organic, Natural or Biodynamic wines. But what are they and what is the difference?
The modern age of wine is upon us, and it has introduced to new methods of wine production. These three methods, focused on doing as little as possible to manipulate the growth and development of their wine grapes, include organic wine, biodynamic wine and natural wine. Now you might be saying to yourself,...
What is Cabernet Sauvignon? Wine Varietal Facts – From Flavour to Grape Variety | Just Wine
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What is Cabernet Sauvignon? Wine Varietal Facts – From Flavour to Grape Variety

What is Cabernet Sauvignon? Where is it grown and what should it taste like? This is a guide is everything you need to know about Cab Sauv wine...
What is Cabernet Sauvignon? Cabernet Sauvignon is a full body wine with moderate acidity and tannin. Dark fruit flavours with leather, bell pepper and baking spice notes. Its parents are Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. In this post, we’ll cover some quick facts on the Cab Sauv wine varietal and...
What is Tempranillo? Wine Varietal Facts – From Flavour to Grape Variety | Just Wine
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What is Tempranillo? Wine Varietal Facts – From Flavour to Grape Variety

What is Tempranillo? Where is it grown and what should it taste like? This is a guide is everything you need to know about Tempranillo wine from...
What is Tempranillo? Tempranillo is a red wine grape varietal of the species Vitis vinifera Tempranillo. These wines are rich with lots of cherry flavour, high tannin, alcohol and body. In this post, we’ll cover some quick facts on the Tempranillo wine varietal and give you an in-depth analysis of...
Is “Sweet” a bad way to Describe Wine? | Just Wine
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Is “Sweet” a bad way to Describe Wine?

Is sweet one of those inappropriate words your mother warned you about? Is it bad to use? Learn why the “S” word is misunderstood and often...
Just like your mother always told you, “There are some words that are simply inappropriate to use.”   The “S” word, Sweet, is not always a bad word when describing wine In the wine world, “sweet” is one of those inappropriate words your mother warned you about. Not because it is a bad word — it...
How Alcohol % (ABV) Affects Wine | Just Wine
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How Alcohol % (ABV) Affects Wine

The alcohol content — the Alcohol By Volume (ABV) — of a wine can help you determine what kind of style it is. This is an important factor in...
Wine Label Indicate Alcohol Content as ABV% Let’s face it … we all judge a wine based on its label. Often we’re captivated by the clever name, the cool image, or the fancy typeface on the label. The problem is these things tell us little about what we can expect out of the wine. Sure, you can check where...

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Souzão

A wine grape from Portugal that is used in the production of port wine. Also planted in Australia and used as a blending grape for port-style...
Cold Maceration | Just Wine
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Cold Maceration

Before fermentation grapes are cold soaked or steeped to extract color and flavor from the grape skins. Further extraction occurs during fermentation....
Stelvin© Closure | Just Wine
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Stelvin© Closure

A brand name of screw caps specifically designed for wine bottles. Stelvin© closures include the bottle neck finish. https://www.amcor.com/stelvin
Flavour Intensity | Just Wine
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Flavour Intensity

How strong or light the flavour is perceived in your mouth. High intensity flavour may be described as robust.
Viognier | Just Wine
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Viognier

The classic white grape of the northern Rhone Valley of France where it makes the expensive wine known as Condrieu. Now also made in California...
Vermouth | Just Wine
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Vermouth

A wine based beverage that originated in Italy and is often served as an aperitif.
Veraison | Just Wine
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Veraison

The stage when grapes begin to gain colour and soften.
Vendimia | Just Wine
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Vendimia

The Spanish word for vintage, harvest or year of production. Also see, cosecha
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Varietal

Refers to the variety of grape used in a wine after it has been bottled. A varietal wine is made from one type of grape while a blend uses several...
Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) | Just Wine
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Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA)

One of the Pradikate of the Q.m.P. as defined by German Wine Law, literally meaning ‘selected dried berries’. Premium German sweet wine. Generally...

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8 Wine-Themed Ugly Christmas Sweaters You Need This Holiday | Just Wine
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8 Wine-Themed Ugly Christmas Sweaters You Need This Holiday

Need an ugly Christmas sweater for your Christmas party? Well, look no further, we’ve got the ugliest of holiday sweaters perfect for a wine...
Ugly Christmas Sweaters Day is practically the best part of the holiday season (you know, other than crowded shopping malls, grumpy drivers, icy roads, and that general xmas “cheer”). Thankfully this year you can wear your heart (and love of wine) on your sleeve, with a bomb-ass wine-themed ugly Christmas...
The Best Types of Wine to Buy For Everyone on Your Christmas List | Just Wine
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The Best Types of Wine to Buy For Everyone on Your Christmas List

Give the gift of wine this holiday season. Not sure what to buy? We can help with the perfect wine for every personality on your gift list.
Love the holidays, but hate holiday shopping? We get it. Choosing the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list can be stressful, but this year we’ve made it easy for you: Get everyone wine! Maybe we’re a little biased, but what better gift to give than the gift of wine? It makes a great stocking...
Wine Hashtags for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook | Just Wine
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Wine Hashtags for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

A list of wine hashtags made for the social savvy wine lover. From Instagram to Twitter, let’s make those wine posts #trend…
Looking for some relevant wine hashtags to help boost your engagement? Coming up with a hashtag strategy can be a challenge for influencers and bloggers– and building an audience can be even harder with the everchanging social media algorithms. However, we’ve compiled a list of popular wine-related...
Your Complete Guide to Disney’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival | Just Wine
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Your Complete Guide to Disney’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Disney World host the annual Epcot Food & Wine Festival every year from August to November! Check it out this year in tandem with the opening...
Did you know that Disney holds an annual Food And Wine Festival? It’s one of their largest and longest-running showcases of the year, and is put on to explore diverse cultures, showcase new attractions and bring in guests from across the globe!   Ultimate Guide to the 2019 Epcot Food & Wine Festival   What...
8 Luxury Wine Cellars to Use as Inspiration for Your Wine Room | Just Wine
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8 Luxury Wine Cellars to Use as Inspiration for Your Wine Room

These are some of the most beautiful wine cellars in the world! Sometimes it’s okay to dream, right?
All wine lovers wish that one day they could build themselves a multi-functional (and stacked to the ceiling) wine cellar in the basement of their home. Some of the architectural design put into these cellars is unbelievably detailed and intricate, and it’s something of a passion of our to stare at beautiful...
12 Wines Under $20 You Need to Try This Summer | Just Wine
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12 Wines Under $20 You Need to Try This Summer

Ahh, the lazy days of summer. There’s not much that can beat relaxing on a patio or deck with good friends and good wine. Unless its scoring...
When temperatures get warmer, crisp light-bodied wines are great choices. Think light-bodied whites, rosés or sparkling wines. Wines that are served slightly chilled and perfect for keeping you cool while the heat is really on. Which wine is the best for summer? The best summer wine depends on your...
What Your Server Really Thinks of Your Wine Order | Just Wine
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What Your Server Really Thinks of Your Wine Order

Have you ever wondered what assumptions your bartender or server makes about you after hearing your drink order? Well, now you know what exactly...
Have you ever gone to a restaurant and ordered your favourite style of wine and wondered what your order says about you or what assumptions your waiter/bartender can make about your personality? Well, now you know! Grab a glass of your favourite wine and read at your own risk…   What Your Wine Choice...
4 Super Easy DIY Wine Racks That Will Amaze Your Guests | Just Wine
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4 Super Easy DIY Wine Racks That Will Amaze Your Guests

Why have the same wine rack as everyone else? You’re a unique individual with a flair for DIY! You can’t settle for a generic caddy for your...
There’s always something special about a DIY project. The sense of pride when someone compliments your creation coupled with the knowledge that you created it with your own two hands is what keeps our glue gun hot and our creative juices (or should we say “creative wines”) flowing like chardonnay. Whether...
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