Wine Talk

Are You Confusing Fruity Wine With Sweet Wine?

Are You Confusing Fruity Wine With Sweet Wine?

I hear many people say they like sweet wine. Instead of assuming what they are drinking, it prompts me to ask more questions to figure out what they like about the so-called “sweet wine” they are drinking – fruitiness or sweetness.   What is sweetness? Sweetness...

WINES: What Can Tasting Wine Teach Us about Life?

WINES: What Can Tasting Wine Teach Us about Life?

What Can Tasting Wine Teach Us about Life? The quick answer: More than you think! Let me ask you a question: have you ever thought about the difference between drinking wine and tasting wine? They are not the same. Drinking Wine Image Courtesy: Canva When drinking...

Fruity? Sweet? What Is Residual Sugar?

Fruity? Sweet? What Is Residual Sugar?

Sugar is at the heart of what makes winemaking possible but is often misunderstood. What is residual sugar? Alcoholic fermentation is the critical process that turns grape juice into wine. During this process, the yeast feed on the sugar which converts to alcohol. The...

A Wine of a Different Color: Orange!

A Wine of a Different Color: Orange!

What is “orange wine”? First of all, it’s not made from oranges. Skin-contact wine Sometimes referred to as “skin-contact wine”, it is a rare white wine made using an ancient winemaking method that just might blow your mind. Your typical white wine … is made from...

Wines: Champagne vs Sparkling Wine

Wines: Champagne vs Sparkling Wine

Champagne vs Sparkling Wine If you have ever read my wine column, you have probably realized by now that I am a wine nerd. I have always been fascinated by “wines of process”. These are extremely technical wines to make, with a deeply involved process. These wines are...

SPARKLING WINES: They Are Not All Equal

SPARKLING WINES: They Are Not All Equal

Sparkling Wines: They are not all equal Sparkling wines range in price from about $7 to over $200, so what is the difference? Franiacorta aging in the Berlucchi wine cellar. Grape Varietals Each wine producing region specializes in grapes that grow well under its...

Wines: Let’s Talk Turkey!

Wines: Let’s Talk Turkey!

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and tables will be set with a variety of different flavors and textures. Tempranillo from the Spanish region of Rioja fits the bill quite nicely. Located in the north-central high plateau of Spain, Tempranillo finds its true home....

Franciacorta: Italy’s Answer to Champagne

Franciacorta: Italy’s Answer to Champagne

Prosecco may lead in production but Franciacorta is the answer to Champagne Prosecco leads the production of sparkling wine in Italy by a country mile. Of the 300 million bottles of sparkling wine produced in Italy, a mere 8 million come from Franciacorta. Located in...

Wines: Kiss Your Champagne Flutes Goodbye

Wines: Kiss Your Champagne Flutes Goodbye

Kiss your Champagne flutes goodbye Yes, I said it. Looking sexy Champagne flutes look sexy, especially at a cocktail party. The sparkling wine catches the light and highlights the bubbles. The scientific argument for using flutes There is a scientific argument in...