Common Types of Dessert Wine: Sweet Tooth Edition

May 22nd, 2016 Wine & Dine Von Vino 4 min read

There is no simple definition of a dessert wine. In fact, different sources often provide different definitions. The Dictionary of Wine defines dessert wine as, “A sweet wine, sometimes fortified to higher alcohol content with brandy, traditionally served with dessert or as an after-dinner drink.” The legal definition of dessert wine, according to the TTB, is a “grape wine with an alcoholic content in excess…

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Apr 27th, 2016 Regions Von Vino 4 min read

Châteauneuf-du-Pape (shah-toe-nuff doo pahp) is the southernmost major appellation of the Southern Rhône wine region in France. Producing high-quality, mostly rich, full-bodied red wines with common characteristics of fresh cherries, strawberries, raspberries, pepper, and spice, it instantly became one of my favorites after my first time having had one. They can be juicy, robust, and succulent when young, and take on a more silky texture when…

How Wine is Made: From Vine to Wine

Apr 6th, 2016 Science Von Vino 8 min read

Humans have been making wine for thousands of years. The first wines were produced well before recorded history and likely stored in clay pots or animal-skin containers. Science and technology has advanced the wine-making process over the centuries and today we store wine in bottles, not animal skins. However, the basic principles of wine-making are the same. This article discusses the process of how wine…

1976 Paris Wine Tasting: The Judgment of Paris

Mar 18th, 2016 History, Regions Von Vino 6 min read

The 1976 Paris Wine Tasting, also known as the Judgment of Paris, was a wine competition that took place on May 24, 1976 in Paris, France. The competition was organized by British wine merchant, Steven Spurrier, to see how California wines would prove against French wines made from the same types of grapes. The French long had been considered the wine industry’s top dog. Spurrier,…

The Perfect Couple: Wine & Food Pairing

Feb 24th, 2016 Wine & Dine Von Vino 5 min read

Throughout history wine has been an integral part of the dining experience. For many, it was viewed as just another part of a staple diet. There wasn’t much focus on which wine would match with a particular dish. Whatever wine was available likely is what was used. However, as time progressed and culinary and wine-making practices developed alongside one another, wine and food pairing became a traditional…

Why Men Should Drink More Wine

Feb 10th, 2016 Uncorked Von Vino 4 min read

I used to carry the mindset that wine is a women’s drink – men should drink “manly” drinks like beer or take shots of Henny, leave the wine and fruity cocktails for the ladies. Perhaps it was due to a combination of ignorance and social conditioning. Unfortunately, society seems to have instilled in many of us the concept that wine is for women and beer…

Does This Wine Make My Glass Look Fat?

Feb 10th, 2016 Wine 101 Von Vino 5 min read

You’ve probably noticed wine glasses come in all sorts of shapes and sizes – tall, short, narrow, wide, small, large, stemmed, stemless, flute-shaped, tulip-shaped, and so on. The market is filled with numerous styles from which to choose. There are special glasses even made for drinking other beverages like martinis and cognac. Sure, it can make you feel fancy as you grasp the stem of…

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