WINE 101: Wine Bottle Shapes

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Wine bottles are interesting and beautiful. They come in many different shapes, sizes and colors. If you’ve had an evening indulging in different wines, you will notice that you have a collection of different shaped bottles. Why?

WINE 101: Syrah vs. Petite Syrah. Know the difference!

Years ago, before I was the wine geek I am today, I was interviewing for a sales job at Southern Wine and Spirits. It seemed like a great job — after all, I love wine and I’m a good salesman. One of the interview questions was: “What is the difference […]

WINE 101: All about Beaujolais Nouveau

Every year the wine world waits for one of the best wine holidays of the year. Thursday, November 17 is the excitedly awaited Beaujolais Nouveau Day. What is it? Beaujolais Nouveau is a wine made with 100% Gamay grapes harvested in the Beaujolais region of France. Beaujolais is a sub-region […]

WINE 101: All About Burgundy

Do you love wine, but find the French wine to be confusing and intimidating? The French system of classifying wine is one of the most complicated and seems counterintuitive compared to the American system of classifying wines by varietal. Region First French wine is classified first by the region in […]

WINE 101: How did that wine get its name?

How did that wine grape get its name? Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinor Noir … these are all wines that we mention frequently, but where did these wines get their names? In America, wines are frequently named for their grape varietal if the wine is not a blend or its predominant varietal […]

WINE 101: How to remove wine stains

This weekend, I was relaxing and watching a movie with some friends and some Rex Goliath Merlot. On my ottoman/coffee table was my wine, a bottle of Mt. Dew, and my cat, Tribble. The lime green upright bottle of Mt. Dew was too much for him to resist, and he […]

WINE 101: More health benefits of wine

In a previous article, I discussed how red wine was improving my health and some studies that showed why. Now it seems there are even more health benefits to moderate wine consumption, due to the miracle potential of reveratrol. Resveratrol, the miracle compound A study set to appear in the July […]

WINE 101: How to deal if wine gives you heartburn

I have a friend, Bryan, with a rather sensitive stomach. Acid reflux, heartburn, queasiness, ulcers, and other ailments hit him from time to time. He’s also an integral part of our weekly wine podcast, so it often creates problems. He’s even had to cancel wine trips because of it. He’s […]