Posts in the Category: Wine Basics
Tip of the month-Wine Storage Basics!

“Many a potentially wonderful wine has been lost to improper cellaring techniques” Wine Storage Basics Here are some wine storage tips to ensure your wine will age properly. After you bottle your wine (or if purchased commercially) store your wine upright for the first 2 to 5 days in the location where intend to store it. This will allow more...

Wine & Chocolate for Valentines Day!

This Valentine’s Day grab your sweetheart, a box of chocolates, and a bottle or two of red wine! Yes, red wine definitely goes well with dark chocolate. Why? Because chocolate has tannin, just like wine has tannin, red wine in particular. I have found through experience that dark chocolate definitely goes better with red wine because the more...

How long can I keep my Winexpert Wines?

Below is a simplified ageing chart that will provide a guideline for cellaring your wines. Please keep in mind there are many variables that will affect your wines once racked. Temperature, fluctuations in temperature, relative humidity,  and wine type  to name a few. For example, the difference in temperature from the floor to the ceiling in the more...

Christmas dinner and wine...what a conundrum!

Holiday dinners such as Christmas or New Years have such a cornucopia of flavours that it is often hard to settle on just one wine. There is the main staple…turkey! But there is also stuffing, squash, vegetables and the good old dollup of “smashed” potatoes and gravy and whatever other dish one might decide to put on the festive more...

Wine & Weather: Serving Wine in the summer!

For Pete’s sake put an ice cube in it! If you want it that way! No snobbery at this end! I don’t have to tell you in these sweltering days of summer not to serve your Chardonnay at 95°F, unless you really want to. But I can give you some basic guidelines for suggested serving temperatures. It’s warm out these days, so do not hesitate more...

Do all wines contain sulphites?

I was recently asked by a friend if all wines contain sulphites. Simply put, yes, they are naturally present in all wines. However, there are different levels of sulphites in different wines. Sulphur dioxide protects the wines since sulphites are, in simple terms, a natural anti-oxidant and antibacterien. This helps prevent oxidation in wines. Red wines more...

Avoid "Vitas Evapouritis" and keep wine racks stocked!

“Vitas Evapouritis”- The slow but steady loss of wine due to general consumption and generous gift giving. If your wine cellar is anything like mine, it is time for a replenish after a sensational summer of entertaining, socializing and vacationing. Believe it or not, the holiday season is just around the corner and it is very important more...

Tip of the Month: To Chill or not to Chill? Suggested Wine Serving Temperatures

. . .That is the Question. With this wonderful summer weather we’ve had, I’ve been asked about wine serving temperature quite often by my readers. The quick and easy response is; “whatever temperature you like “. I don’t mean to be lazy (which is sometimes my nature), but keeping it simple (which is definitely my nature) more...

The 4th Sense of Enjoying Wine

I must admit, I love the sound of a wine bottle opening! The world of wine is very subjective therefore it is not always cut and dried, black or white or even right versus wrong. It is often based on one’s opinion or (as it should be) preference. This is also true when it comes to wine bottle closures which has been a hot topic for years. more...

"Cheers" From Around the World!

I always love to hear ‘Cheers’ or ‘Toasts’ in different languages. It’s like sharing a good wish with all mankind. And, what better time of the year than the Holidays to share a list of “Good Wishes” from around the globe. One of the things I like most about a toast is that they all seem to have one thing in more...

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