• I Think My Wine is Corked, What Do I Do?
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    I was really excited to dig into a bottle of Beringer Quantum last night. I’ve had it before, so I know it’s delicious. I poured a glass for my companion and myself and put it to my nose to savor the aroma. Dark fruits, cigar box, and… musty wet cardboard? “It smells funky,” he remarked. ...
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    Riesling is one of the most misunderstood and arguably under-appreciated varietals in the modern wine world. And I’m really talking about the perceptions of your general everyday wine buyer. Not the wine geeks. I heard a quote recently about Riesling that I thought really summed it up right. It went something along the lines of ...
  • Open Wine Lineup
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    There are two important wine related news stories from the last couple of weeks that I wanted to share with you. The first is in regards to new research shared by Laithwaite’s Wine, an online retailer and wine club, who you would think would be in the business of helping consumers buy more wine, not ...
  • wine hacks
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    #1 Reinserting the stained side of the wine cork Here’s an easy one to get started. When you are reinserting a cork back into the bottle for storage, you should always insert the stained side towards the wine. Essentially putting it back in the same way it came out. Granted, it will be a little ...
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    Foil management, or how people cut and remove the foil affixed to a wine bottle’s neck, is always a moving target depending on who’s doing it. My favorite is when people dig the corkscrew through the foil, struggle to put the cork out until it breaks through the top of the foil, and then leave a mess ...
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    Wine decanting is a subject that can bring a lot of opinions into a room really fast, and it’s amazing how strong people feel about it. Here’s something you need to know: wine decanting is not that big of deal. Don’t be intimidated trying to figure out if you should decant or not, and if ...
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    Given their odd shape, and difficulty accessing the bottom part below the skinny neck, I’ve tried many creative ways to effectively dry wine decanters but I end up either with water spots or stains I can’t clean and more often than not, a broken or chipped decanter as I get creative trying to position it on the kitchen ...
  • value wines in popular retails stores
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    This is the time of the year, the beginning of a new year, when wine spending tends to slow down and many stores mark previous inventory on clearance in order to make room for new products. I’ve noticed that I don’t have as strong of a desire to buy wine as I did during the busy ...
  • How to Easily Remove Labels from Wine Bottles
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    We’ve all had awesome bottles of wine that we want to remember. Maybe it was a special occasion, a wine enjoyed with great friends, or simply just a rock star bottle you loved. If you have room (and an approving spouse) perhaps you keep the entire bottle as a display piece.  But I’ve always preferred to keep just ...