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How to Make a Wine Barrel — Insights from a Professional Cooper | Just Wine
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How to Make a Wine Barrel — Insights from a Professional Cooper

Many wine lovers know that oak barrels are vital for wine production, but have you ever wondered how wine barrels are made? While it takes professional...
What is a wine barrel? A wine barrel is a hollow cylindrical container that is longer than it is wide and has a rounded, bulging middle. Wine barrels are made of wooden “staves” that are bound by wood or metal hoops. Wine barrels have been used for centuries for storing and transporting wine, and even...
Kissing Each Cheek — The Origins of The Double Kiss May Surprise You | Just Wine
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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....
Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Carmenere | Just Wine
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Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Carmenere

An introductory guide to Carmenere wine. Everything you need to know about the grape variety including flavour, food pairings, growing regions...
Try Carmenere Wine if You Like Malbec, Merlot, or Bordeaux Blends.   Overview of the Carmenere Wine Varietal Carmenere is a medium-bodied wine with soft tannins. It has complex flavours of red and blue fruit with herbal, smokey and earthy notes.   How To Pronounce the grape Carmenere: Car-men-AIR   Why...
Wines of Italy: What’s A Super Tuscan? Plus The Top 3 Super Tuscans To Try Now | Just Wine
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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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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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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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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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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)....
Wine & Chocolate Pairing Guide: Tips on the Grape Varietals for Different Chocolate Flavours | Just Wine
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Wine & Chocolate Pairing Guide: Tips on the Grape Varietals for Different Chocolate Flavours

If you love chocolate and wine individually, then why not enjoy them together!? While connoisseurs may have differing opinions on whether the...
(Posted with permission from Proflowers)   Your Guide to Pairing Chocolate with Wine Pairing wine and chocolate can be a contentious point for wine connoisseurs. The rich, bold tastes of both makes marrying them difficult. In order to make sure you can highlight accents of the wine as well as the chocolate,...
Checking the Health of Wine: Detecting Wine Faults with Vinomofo | Just Wine
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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...
Great Tips on How To Plan The Ultimate Wine Tasting Trip | Just Wine
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Great Tips on How To Plan The Ultimate Wine Tasting Trip

Whether you are just getting into the wine world or you are a long time wine enthusiast, there is nothing like taking a wine tasting trip! With...
You’ve got big decision to make when planning your ultimate wine tasting trip. Once you have decided which wine region you’re going to and how long to spend there, here are of few other things to consider.   Here are a few tips to consider while planning your next wine tasting trip:   1. Contact...
Must-Know Wine Basics: Intermediate Wine Guide | Just Wine
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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...
Must-Know Wine Basics: Advanced Wine Guide | Just Wine
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Must-Know Wine Basics: Advanced Wine Guide

I remember my first wine tasting. The instructor was like “What do you taste?” I was like “umm… wine.” Thunderous roar of laughter. Needless...
In this Advanced Wine Guide we will be discussing the acidity of wine, tannins and the finish.   There are different types of acidity in wine. Some occur naturally during the growing of the grapes and some happens during the wine-making process. Grapes grown in a colder climate tend to have higher acidity...
Must-Know Wine Basics: Beginner Wine Guide | Just Wine
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Must-Know Wine Basics: Beginner Wine Guide

You’ve been to a wine tasting and the host asked: “What do you taste?” You answered “Uh… Wine!?” (Cue thunderous roar of laughter.) Sound familiar?...
You’ve always liked wine, but now you’re curious to know more about wine — besides the fact that it tastes good and makes you happy. Here is a quick run through of the basic things a beginner needs to know (as you delve deeper into the Wine World continue on to the Intermediate, Advanced and How to...
Shades of Red: What Does the Colour of Red Wine Tell Us? | Just Wine
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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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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...
Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 301: Argaman | Just Wine
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Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 301: Argaman

While most native Israeli grape varieties do not exist anymore , Israel has turned lemons into lemonade or shall we say grapes into wine with...
  Overview of the Argaman wine varietal In Hebrew, Argaman means “deep purple” which is the exact colour of this fruity, medium bodied wine.   Why we like the Argaman varietal, grape and wine we love discovering unique wine varietals and this one is rare!   How to pronounce Argaman: AR-gaw-mawn   Flavours...
Basics of French Wine: Bordeaux for Beginners | Just Wine
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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...
Revelling in Rioja: Grape Varieties, Sub Regions and the Wines of Rioja, Spain | Just Wine
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Revelling in Rioja: Grape Varieties, Sub Regions and the Wines of Rioja, Spain

CO-OP Sommelier Manager, Mike Roberts, takes you on a trip through Rioja without leaving your chair!
Rioja is Spain’s Most Recognized Wine Region Rioja is arguably the most important wine region is Spain, but certainly the most recognized. Like many countries where wine is deeply entrenched in culture, Spain is deeply loyal to its regional wines. Pride and passion are shown for the wines created in...
What Are Hybrid Wines? | Just Wine
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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...
Old World vs. New World: What in the World Does that Mean? | Just Wine
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Old World vs. New World: What in the World Does that Mean?

How do you tell the difference between Old World and New World wine styles? Here are 8 great wine examples to help you figure it out.
  Old World vs. New World Wines Simplified When you’ve been in the wine business for a while, you tend to use the broad terms of Old World and New World when describing wines and assume that everybody knows what you’re talking about, but that is often not the case. Just Wine Tip Old World refers to...
Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Viognier | Just Wine
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Intermediate

Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Viognier

An introductory guide to Viognier wine. Everything you need to know about the grape variety including flavour, food pairings and growing regions...
Try Viognier Wine if You Like Chardonnay or Sémillon.   Overview of Viognier Wine Medium bodied, fruit driven wine with low acidity and medium to high alcohol.   How To Pronounce the grape Viognier: vee-OWN-yay   Why We Like Viognier Wine Viognier is a lower in acidity, which mean it doesn’t give...
Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Torrontés | Just Wine
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Intermediate

Wine Basics — Grape Varietals 101: Torrontés

An introductory guide to Torrontés wine. Everything you need to know about the grape variety including flavour, food pairings, growing regions...
Try a Torrontés wine if you like Gewürztraminer.   Overview of the Torrontés wine varietal Torrontés is a fruit forward wine with medium acidity and light body. Very aromatic.   Why we like the Torrontés varietal, grape and wine It’s Argentina’s signature white grape variety, but it’s relatively...
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