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A Wine Drenched Tour Along The Red Route of Paarl, South Africa The wine tradition in Paarl is older than the roots of the aging Oak Trees that line its Cape Dutch streets. The first European settlers arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652, planting the seeds that solidified the Cape's reputation as a wine...

An Introduction to Wine What is wine? Wine has been made for centuries from just a two simple ingredients: yeast and grape juice. Actually, just about any fruit juice can be used, but by far the majority of all wine is made from the juice of the grape. How is...

Australian Wines Australia’s wine industry has boomed in the past ten years. Employers have had to triple their staff numbers to cope with the demand for Aussie wine. Considering the lower average national population of Australia, compared to say the United...

Big Aussie Wines Australia’s wine industry has boomed in the past ten years. Employers have had to triple their staff numbers to cope with the demand for Aussie wine. Considering the lower average national population of Australia, compared to say the United States...

Blended and Varietal Wines Novice wine lovers soon come across the concept of blended and varietal wines. The two questions that spring to mind are, “what does it mean?” and “does it matter?” At the basic level, the difference is quite simple. Varietal wines are made...

Champagne Wine Champagne is without question the finest sparkling wine made in the world. Champagne is the name of the wine region located about 90 miles northeast of Paris. Champagne can contain up to three different grapes: Chardonnay, and the red grapes...

Chilean Wine History and Style The Buddhists say that life is suffering. The capitalists say that life is a struggle. The communists say that life is a team-effort. But the Chileans say that life is beautiful. Why? Because sometimes you are just born with a full deck of cards....

Choosing a Wine Gift Basket During the holiday season, most of us are in a frantic search for presents for loved ones and friends. Next time, instead of the usual hassle of selecting a gift which will suit him or her, try sending a wine gift basket instead. Wine gift...

Enjoy Your Favorite Wine…But With Some Rules The mere mention of etiquette brings to mind various images, mainly negative. Etiquette means observing set rules. It’s not about the quaint traditions but where wine is concerned etiquette matter. The primary connoisseurs of fine wine are...

Family Life or Wine for Christmas Dy For your family and guests,Christmas is a day to spend time together, You expend so much energy planning for the big event that you may forget about the days before and after, when houseguests will still need to eat. If you know what varieties...

French Wine Since the Roman times, France has made its wines, producing it from freshly cut grapes. The Romans are the first to disseminate the arts of winemaking. Wine is generally produced from freshly picked grapes; however, today's wines also are made...

Get To Grips With Your Wines Tips on giving a bottle of wine. When we're going somewhere it's easy to grab a bottle of wine off the shelf, but wouldn't it be nicer to be able to give the matter some thought and have a label specially designed for the special occasion,...

Guide To Tasting Wine The basics of tasting wine are relatively simple to learn. Once the fundamentals are mastered, the nuances and details can be enhanced over a lifetime. Like any other skill, tasting wine requires practice, and consistency is probably the most...

History of the Mendocino County Wine Industry The history of wine production in Mendocino dates back to the mid 19th century. The first Europeans to settle in the region were Russian hunters and trappers. They made their living selling seal and otter pelts. The Gold Rush caused the...

Hosting a Wine Tasting Party As your love and knowledge of wine grows, it is inevitable that you will want to share your revelations with friends and family. Hosting a wine tasting party is a great way to do this. When planning a wine tasting party, some obvious questions...

How Sparkling Wine is Made There are three methods that may be used to make sparkling wine. These methods are: the Transfer Method, Charmat Bulk process and Methode Champenoise. Methode Champenoise is the most labor-intensive and costly of these. Before we get into how...

How to Host a Wine Party Looking to have some fun with friends while sharing some wine? You should consider hosting a wine tasting party. It's a really neat way to share your wine favorites and to be introduced to a variety of new and interesting wines. You can also add...

How to Order Wine in a Restaurant Wine Ordering Basics — Just a Sniff, a Sip, and a Swallow Perhaps you’re comfortable ordering your “grande, nonfat, extra hot, wet cappuccino” every morning or having it your way every afternoon with your “hold the onions, hold the bun, pickles on...

Introduction to Italian Wine Each year, it is not uncommon for Italy to find itself at the top of a number of wine-related lists, not the least of which ranks it as the largest producer, exporter and consumer of wine in the world. This fact is all the more impressive when...

Learn To Deal With the Wine Steward in Restaurants Ordering wine in restaurants is an essential step in 'enjoying your dining experience. You will find that there 'are two types of restaurants serving wine: simply, those 'that have a poor wine service and poor wine selections, 'and those that...

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