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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...
What are Tannins and how do They Affect Wine? | Just Wine
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What are Tannins and how do They Affect Wine?

In wine tastings, you will hear a lot of talk about tannins, but what are they? Where do they come from? How do they affect the flavour? And,...
If you’ve ever had a big, bold red wine that made your mouth dry out, you’ve experienced tannins!   What are Tannins? Tannins or polyphenols are responsible for the “bitter” component in wine.   Where Do Tannins Come From? The skins, seeds and stems of the grapes; and The oak barrels in which...
What is Pinot Noir? Wine Varietal Facts – From Flavour to Grape Variety | Just Wine
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What is Pinot Noir? Wine Varietal Facts – From Flavour to Grape Variety

What is Pinot Noir wine? Where is it grown and what should it taste like? This is a guide is everything you need to know about Pinot Noir wine...
What is Pinot Noir? Pinot noir is a red wine grape varietal of the species Vitis vinifera. Pinot Noir is widely expressive, light in body, medium in acidity, and light in colour. Flavours vary depending on seasonal conditions, vintage and growing region. In this post, we’ll cover some quick facts on...
Old World vs New World Wines – What’s the Difference? | Just Wine
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Old World vs New World Wines – What’s the Difference?

Wine can be confusing, so let’s eliminate some of the mystery surrounding the origins of wine; namely, what’s an “Old World Wine” and how does...
What’s the difference between Old World and New World Wines? The simplest way to explain the difference between the two is that old world wines are made with tradition and come from Europe, whereas new world wines come from the rest of the non-European world and are categorized by the specific type of...
What is Sauvignon Blanc? Wine Varietal Facts – From Flavour to Grape Variety | Just Wine
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What is Sauvignon Blanc? Wine Varietal Facts – From Flavour to Grape Variety

What is Sauvignon Blanc? Where is it grown and what should it taste like? This is a guide is everything you need to know about Sauv Blanc wine...
What is Sauvignon Blanc? Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape that produces a crisp white wine known for its high acidity and aromatic nature. This wine is refreshing and very food-friendly and originates in the Bordeaux region of France. In this post, we’ll cover some quick facts on the Sauvignon...
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...
Red Wine vs. White Wine — What’s The Difference? | Just Wine
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Red Wine vs. White Wine — What’s The Difference?

The difference between red wine and white wine is more than just the colour. Learn the differences, how they’re made and the different flavour...
What’s the Difference Between Red Wine and White Wine? The difference is more than just the colour! The difference between white wine and red wine is found primarily in the grape skins. The grape skins have a natural phenolic content that contributes to the flavour, colour and mouthfeel of a wine. Let’s...
Sherry vs. Port — What’s the Difference? | Just Wine
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Sherry vs. Port — What’s the Difference?

The most common types of dessert wines are Sherry and Port, but what’s the difference? Here’s an easy to understand guide to dessert wines from...
Port and Sherry are two popular types of dessert wines. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, there’s a dessert wine out there for you. There is such a wide variety of styles and sweetness levels, you’re bound to find something you like eventually — you just have to keep trying them all!   What...
5 Ways to Open a Bottle of Champagne | Just Wine
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5 Ways to Open a Bottle of Champagne

You’ve bought the best bottle of Champagne. Now make sure you know how to open a bottle of Champagne before you hit the holiday party scene.
You’ve gone to the wine store and picked up the best Champagne for your holiday party, brunch with friends or any other celebration. At the event, it’s your turn to pop the bottle of bubbly – what do you do? Also, Prosecco or sparkling wine will work in this situation as well.   Here are 5 (with a...
What Does “Body” Mean When Describing Wine? | Just Wine
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What Does “Body” Mean When Describing Wine?

This tasting term speaks to a wine’s weight on the palate. What is the body of a wine? How can you determine a wine’s body?
What does the “body” of a wine mean? When describing a wine, you’ve probably heard the tasting term “body”. The body of a wine is referring to the wine’s texture, weight, density a wine has on the palate. Essentially, the way the wine feels in your mouth.   What are the different body types of wine? Wine...
Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Grüner Veltliner | Just Wine
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Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Grüner Veltliner

An introductory guide to Grüner Veltliner wine. Everything you need to know about the grape variety including flavour, food pairings, growing...
Try a Grüner Veltliner wine if you like Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc Overview of the Grüner Veltliner Varietal A food-friendly, dry white wine with a fresh burst of acidity and notes of grapefruit, peach and white pepper. Why we like the Grüner Veltliner varietal, grape and wine It’s a white...
How Much Sugar Is In My Wine? | Just Wine
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How Much Sugar Is In My Wine?

In the world of wine, we say the absence of sugar is dry and the presence of sugar is sweet. But how much sugar does wine contain and where do...
Wine labels don’t contain information about sugar levels or a nutritional facts label like other beverages. Because of that it’s hard to know exactly how much sweetness is in the bottle you’ve just bought.   Keep in mind your fermentation equation when assessing the sweetness in wine: Yeast + Sugar...
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New Year, New Resolve: Let’s Learn About Wine!

Now is the time when New Year’s resolutions are made … and forgotten. So, let’s do something different this year and resolve to learn more about...
What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? Everyone talks about it. Everyone asks about it. You’ve probably been faced more than once with the question “Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?” To which we usually answer, “Well, not really. I just want to live a little healthier, spend more time...
BC Icewine Harvest Has Arrived! – Wineries Brave Freezing Temperatures to Pick Grapes | Just Wine
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BC Icewine Harvest Has Arrived! – Wineries Brave Freezing Temperatures to Pick Grapes

BC’s annual Icewine harvest has arrived, with the cold temperatures prompting wineries in the Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley to start...
Icewine Harvest Has Arrived in BC! KELOWNA, BC. — From the British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) BC’s annual Icewine harvest has arrived, with the cold temperatures prompting wineries in the Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley to start picking grapes on December 5 and continuing into the early...
What is Amarone and Why Is It So Expensive? | Just Wine
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What is Amarone and Why Is It So Expensive?

Raise a glass to the season’s hottest wine, Amarone della Valpolicella. A popular choice for special occasions and a treat for the holidays,...
What is Amarone? Amarone della Valpolicella is an Italian red wine from the Valpolicella region in the province of Veneto. Amarone is made from a blend of indigenous grape varieties. Special production methods give it its own classification within the region.   What are the Grapes in Amarone? Amarone...
Champagne vs. Prosecco — What’s the Difference? | Just Wine
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Champagne vs. Prosecco — What’s the Difference?

Champagne and Prosecco — two delicious types of bubbles for celebrating any special occasion, but what’s the difference between these two sparkling...
Let’s Pick Up Some Cheap Champagne (Cringe!) Have you ever heard someone say they “just want some cheap Champagne”? Mon Dieu! The fact is, there is no such thing as “cheap” Champagne. Plenty of people call any wine with bubbles “Champagne,” but only sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne...
How Wine is Made — 6 Steps from Grape Harvest to Maturation | Just Wine
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How Wine is Made — 6 Steps from Grape Harvest to Maturation

Ever wondered how wine is made? Although every winery does things a little different, here are the basic steps of winemaking from grapes to glass.
Often what people think of when they picture making wine is the romantic notion of picking grape bunches in the vineyard on on warm, sunny Autumn afternoon, then prancing around in a giant barrel squishing grapes in your bare feet. After that there’s maybe a short waiting period, and what comes out of...
How to Let Wine Breathe: Decanting Wine | Just Wine
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How to Let Wine Breathe: Decanting Wine

To maximize the aroma and flavour potential of your wine, it’s important to let it breathe. Whether you’re aerating, decanting, hyperdecanting...
  Is It True that Wine Needs to Breathe? It sounds a bit funny, but just like humans, wine needs oxygen and so it needs to breathe. Just don’t sit around waiting and watching for your wine to inhale and exhale! Obviously, that isn’t going to happen. Breathing for wine is simply being exposed to oxygen....
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