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

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...
How Alcohol % (ABV) Affects Wine | Just Wine
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Intermediate

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...
Sherry vs. Port — What’s the Difference? | Just Wine
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Intermediate

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...
Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Grüner Veltliner | Just Wine
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Intermediate

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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Intermediate

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...
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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Intermediate

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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Intermediate

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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Intermediate

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 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 the...
Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Aglianico | Just Wine
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Intermediate

Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Aglianico

An introductory guide to Aglianico wine. Everything you need to know about the grape variety including flavour, food pairings, growing regions...
Try a Aglianico wine if you like Nebbiolo (Barolo)   Overview of the Aglianico wine varietal A complex, tannic red wine with intense colour and flavours.   Why we like the Aglianico varietal, grape, and wine A wine like Aglianico with high tannins and high acidity make great food wines. Powerful flavours...
Your Ultimate Guide to Sparkling Wine: Part 1 – Sparkling Wine Types | Just Wine
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Intermediate

Your Ultimate Guide to Sparkling Wine: Part 1 – Sparkling Wine Types

Just in time for the holidays, we have put together a detailed guide to the most popular types of sparkling wine, the different glasses to serve...
Previous Article: Infographic — Intro to Sparkling Wine   Whether you are ringing in the New Year or gathering the family together for a holiday, sparkling wine is the drink for all occasions. It is made all over the world and is known for its lively bubbles that dance at the top when you pour a...
Kissing Each Cheek — The Origins of The Double Kiss May Surprise You | Just Wine
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Intermediate

Kissing Each Cheek — The Origins of The Double Kiss May Surprise You

The Ancient Romans had some pretty interesting customs and laws that were related to wine. You may not know the origin of kissing each cheek...
  Ancient Rome and Wine The Ancient Romans were a very skeptical bunch — and for good reason. Take for example the tradition of clinking wine glasses. This is something we don’t think about much today. We happily clink and drink without hesitation, but the “cheers” origin was not a friendly gesture....
Wines of Italy: What’s A Super Tuscan? Plus The Top 3 Super Tuscans To Try Now | Just Wine
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Intermediate

Wines of Italy: What’s A Super Tuscan? Plus The Top 3 Super Tuscans To Try Now

“Super Tuscan” is a popular phrase for certain Italian wines, but what is a Super Tuscan and which ones should you be drinking?
What is a Super Tuscan? In short, A Super Tuscan is a made up phrase for an Italian wine from Tuscany that doesn’t follow the Chianti rules.   The Super Tuscan Rebellion Super Tuscan is a term coined by Robert Parker. It’s not an official category of wine. In the long history of Italian wine, Super...
Hosting A Wine & Food Pairing On a Budget: Affordable Pairing Party Ideas | Just Wine
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Intermediate

Hosting A Wine & Food Pairing On a Budget: Affordable Pairing Party Ideas

Want to have a fun night with your friends, but budget is a problem? These ideas for making a wine & food pairing party on a budget are sure...
Don’t Break the Bank with Pricey Food & Wine Pairing Events Not all wine and food evenings have to be expensive. Take the snobby factor out of the equation and have a fun evening with your friends right in your own home. If you’re looking for some affordable wines, check out, 20 Wines Under $20 for...
Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Albariño (aka: Alvarinho) | Just Wine
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Intermediate

Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Albariño (aka: Alvarinho)

An introductory guide to Albariño wine. Everything you need to know about the grape variety also called Alvarinho, including flavour, food pairings...
  Try Albariño / Alvarinho Wine if You Like Chablis or Pinot Grigio.   Overview of Albariño Wine Light bodied wine with citrus and melon flavours, mineral notes and mouthwatering acidity.   How To Pronounce the grape Albariño: Albah-REEN-yō   Why We Like Albariño Wine The Portugal version (Alvarinho)...
Wine Tasting 300: How to Spit Out Wine at a Wine Tasting | Just Wine
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Intermediate

Wine Tasting 300: How to Spit Out Wine at a Wine Tasting

We’ve been taught all our lives not to spit and yet in the most elegant atmosphere of a winery or wine tasting class we are expected to spit...
Why Do You Spit Wine Out at a Wine Tasting? We spit wine out at a wine tasting because with all that sampling, you don’t want to be intoxicated by the end of it all. It’s fun, informative, interesting and social, but a wine tasting event is not sloppy party. In order to get the most out of a wine tasting...
Uniquely American Wines: Indigenous Grape Varietals of the United States | Just Wine
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Intermediate

Uniquely American Wines: Indigenous Grape Varietals of the United States

In vitis we trust…but not the vinifera. We pledge allegience to the vitis labrusca, riparia, rotundifolia, aestivalis, rupestris, and mustangensis...
International (aka: Noble) Grape Varieties (Vitis vinifera) VS Indigenous American Varietals (aka: wild grapes) It is possible that you’ve never heard of these varietals or tried them because as stand alone grapes they tend not to be used for wine as much as their 7 Noble Grape Cousins (aka: Vitis vinifera)....
Checking the Health of Wine: Detecting Wine Faults with Vinomofo | Just Wine
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Intermediate

Checking the Health of Wine: Detecting Wine Faults with Vinomofo

Not sure if your wine is “off” or if you just don’t like it? Here’s how to tell the health of your wine with common faults by the crew at VinoMoFo.
Have you ever tasted a wine at a restaurant and thought that something was not quite right, but you can’t put your finger on it? What do you smell? Nothing? Wet dog? Damp cardboard? Cauliflower? Roasted nuts? What does it all mean?! Does your wine have a fault?   My Wine is “Off” — Checking...
Must-Know Wine Basics: Intermediate Wine Guide | Just Wine
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Intermediate

Must-Know Wine Basics: Intermediate Wine Guide

Follow this wine basics guide series from Beginner and Intermediate to Advance. Just Wine University can help you increase your wine knowledge...
Now that you’ve moved from Beginner wine knowledge into the intermediate phase of learning, it’s time to dig a little deeper into the basics of wine.   In the Intermediate Wine Guide, we are going to discuss: aroma of wine the bouquet of a wine flavour characteristics of wine We won’t dig...
Shades of Red: What Does the Colour of Red Wine Tell Us? | Just Wine
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Intermediate

Shades of Red: What Does the Colour of Red Wine Tell Us?

Wine has such a wide range when it comes to colour. Intensity, depth, shade, hue: these things can all tell you something about the wine before...
  3 Main factors contribute to a wine’s depth or intensity of the colour / hue: The type of grape and its skin characteristics. The length of time the juice is in contact with the skin. How long it has aged or been cellared.   Where does wine get its colour from? If you guessed from the fruit, thanks...
The Wine Blend Trend | Just Wine
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Intermediate

The Wine Blend Trend

Are wine blends a fleeting fancy or are blended wines here to stay?
Wine blends are all around us You could call it “Group Love” – or, more appropriately, “Grape Love.” If you look on the shelves of a liquor store or wine shop, it seems wines are a lot less monogamous when it comes to the grape varieties inside. While wine purists may think it is sacrilege, blending...
Basics of French Wine: Bordeaux for Beginners | Just Wine
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Intermediate

Basics of French Wine: Bordeaux for Beginners

Most wine drinkers in North America are used to reading popular, immediately recognizable regions and grape varietals. Places and grapes are...
French Wine Labels We know very little about French wine. This is understandable. The labels are difficult to understand. The grape varietals aren’t named. And the regions, for the most part, are unknown to us. Puligny-what? Haut-Medoc? A New World Frame of Reference All of this is a way of saying...
What Are Hybrid Wines? | Just Wine
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Intermediate

What Are Hybrid Wines?

Hybrids aren’t limited to the automotive industry – any gardener could tell you that, but they do occupy a niche in the pantheon of grape varieties....
  A Lesson in Wine Grape Varieties In viticulture (grape growing), there are only a few species of grape vines out there. Grapevines belong to the genus Vitis, which is composed of the 60 or so various species such as vinifera, labrusca, and rupestris. The ideal genus for winemaking is Vitis vinifera...
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