Wine Basics - Introduction to Wine, Wine Drinking

Wine Basics - Introduction to Wine, Wine Drinking

Do you know what wine is, how wine is made, or what differentiates one wine from another? You don't need to be a wine expert to enjoy wine, but knowing more about it can enhance your wine-drinking experience. Learning the basics about wine will help you to pick out better wines, pair wines with better food, and better understand the experience. You'll also be able to impress your friends!
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Origin of Wine Flavors & Aromas

What makes wine so attractive, interesting, and enjoyable is the amazing, complex array of flavors and aromas which individual wines produce. Each bottle of wine can be its own unique experience. If wines are all produced from simple grapes, though, how do they manage to produce so many different flavors and aromas? If wines are basically just fermented grape juice, why don't wines taste like grape juice? The answer to this question is the answer to what makes wine special.

Wine Lover vs Wine Geek vs Wine Snob

People who love wine want to be knowledgeable about wine — and perhaps hopefully, share that knowledge with others. This makes sense, not just because people behave this way with so many subjects, but also because wine is a subject where increased knowledge really can increase one's appreciation for and enjoyment of it. Put another way, the more you know about wine, the more you can appreciate and enjoy wine. Unfortunately, wine is also a subject where knowledge and "sharing" can go too far.

Twin Lever, Wing-Type Corkscrew

One of the most popular and common corkscrews today uses two levers set in a wing formation to wrench the cork up out of the wine bottle. It's much larger than the average corkscrew and has a lot of moving parts, but many people feel that it works better than other types of corkscrews because it allows them to use the strength from both hands while the wine bottle sits on the table or counter. The truth, though, is that on average the twin-lever corkscrew is inferior to most other options for opening wine.

Winery v. Vineyard

Some wines that you buy say that the come from such-and-such a winery while other wines say they come form such-and-such a vineyard, but what's the difference between a winery and a vineyard? Is a vineyard better than a winery, or do some wine producers simply adopt the "vineyard" label because it sounds better? That's not an entirely unreasonable concern because there are no legal standards for the use of these terms — any wine producer can all themselves a winery or vineyard if they want.

How We Review Wines

With all the different wine reviews and tasting notes here, you deserve to know how we choose our wines, what our procedures are for reviewing wines, and the reasoning behind our evaluations. This will help you know how much credence or weight you should give to our reviews. We try to be as open and forthright as possible with what we say, so feel free to ask any questions you have.

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