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The Science Behind Red Wine Headaches

Do you or someone you know react to red wine – maybe a headache, or facial ...

Who Changed My Wine?

It’s well established that human activity has contributed to an increase in greenhouse gasses in the ...

The Ins and Outs of Wine Buying Clubs

Pictured below: three bottles that I never would have found on my own but discovered through ...

Are varietal-specific wine glasses worth it?

Short answer: yes! But one sentence does not make much of a blog so let me ...

Aging Wines – a Lesson with Petit Syrah

Two bottles drunk in the cooler months earlier this year – one left good memories; the ...

Fleurie 

With summer, we need to seek wines that go with summer foods; foods that are simpler, ...
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The ABCs of Wine Tasting Part III – SIP – SIP – HOORAY!

Since wine is made of 100% grapes, everything you taste comes from the grapes themselves!  That ...
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Port!

Sherry is not the only fortified wine from the Iberian Peninsula.  Perhaps better known than sherry ...

The ABCs of Wine Tasting Part II – Color and Aroma

It’s time to fill a glass and follow along. Grab your favorite red, white or rose ...

Mexico’s Secret: World Class Wines

How can you resist trying a wine named after, “The first flower that blooms on the ...

Clicquot – The Movie

The Pennsylvania Wine Society isn’t the only group interested in women and wines.  In the coming ...

The ABCs of Wine Tasting Part I – Aroma and Flavor

Wine Speak - What’s It All About?  When I joined the PA Wine Society, I was ...

Wine Labels – Art and Memento

You might be throwing some great wall art away in the recycle bin! I’m talking about ...

Sabering Champagne

The topic of sabering Champagne came up when our table heard the popping of a cork ...
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The Power of Phenols

Wine literature is replete with references to phenols, polyphenols and phenolic compounds, but what exactly are ...
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About Champagne

Champagne was developed in France about 300 years ago from a process involving lots of chemistry ...
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Versatile Chambourcin

It may not be one of the noble grapes, but Chambourcin is worthy of our attention ...
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Think Pink: The Expanding World of Italian Rosé

When we think of Italian wines, our thoughts typically trend told bold reds, with perhaps a ...

Mach what? … of Jet Fighters and Champagne

You’re familiar with the popping noise that occurs when a bottle of Champagne is uncorked. There ...

How Long Ago Did Grapes Exist?

Which came first, wine or beer? We may never truly know but scientists and historians generally ...

Fermentation: The Magic That Creates Wine

We all know that fermentation is the secret to wine.  Without fermentation, we’d be drinking grape ...
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Mauzac, an Unusual Grape

I enjoy attending the tastings at the local Wine and Spirits Stores where I encounter wines ...

Georgian Wines

Georgia (the country and former Soviet Republic) is widely considered the “cradle of wine.” Archaeologists have ...
Wines of South America To Malbec and Beyond

Wines of South America: To Malbec and Beyond!  

Mention South American wine varietals and the mind immediately goes to Malbec. The Argentine classic has ...
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Cork Sparkles! 

Have you ever found small crystals on the bottom of a wine cork, glinting at the ...
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Chilled Red Wine for Summer?

Chilled Red Wine for Summer? Absolutely! Despite Pennsylvania’s unseasonably frosty April temperatures, May brings with it ...
Pet Nat, Sparkling Wines, Unruly Step Child

Pét Nat: Sparkling Wine’s Unruly Step-Child

Among the Champagnes, Proseccos, Cavas and other traditional holiday sparklers, you may have noticed another selection. ...
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The Significance of Vinifera Grapes

The banner in the tasting room read, “We Use Only Vinifera Grapes”. While I had heard ...
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Marsala… is not just for cooking!

The word “Marsala” usually evokes thoughts of an ingredient used in cooking Veal or Chicken dishes. ...
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Va La Vineyard
in Avondale, Pennsylvania

I am not a religious person.  In fact, I am often unaware of various religious holidays.  ...
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Unique & Unusual
Gros Manseng

If you are interested in trying unique and unusual grapes but don’t know how to stray ...
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Wine in The Land of Enchantment

A few years ago, our friend Robert from Pittsburgh visited us in northern New Mexico and ...
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Merging Two Pleasures in One Wine: Rosé Prosecco

Get ready for more pink in the form of Prosecco rosé!  Last year, the Italian government ...
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Belated Comeuppance ~ Bordeaux

For those of us with meager or moderate means, familiarity with the First Growth Bordeaux vineyards ...
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Organic, Sustainable, and Biodynamic Wines – The Differences

You have seen the terms “Organic”, “Sustainable”, and “Biodynamic” in reference to wines; but, what do ...
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Decanting Wine

You may ask, “Why decant a wine?” and “Does decanting improve a wine?” According to Wine ...
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One Sommelier’s Guide to Picking a Good Pink Wine

With the recent popularity of pink wine, and explosion of new offerings coming on the market ...
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Another Reason for Cork

If there is one wine that gets more scrutiny than others, it must be Champagne, if ...
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My Visit to Black Ankle Vineyards

I could have been in California when I ventured to Black Ankle a couple of Sundays ...
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Sharing COVID-19 Wine Experiences – Drinking #1!

The mandated restrictions imposed upon us in March curtailed everyone’s work and/or social calendar. With plenty ...
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New Wines – There is more than Beaujolais Nouveau

I would bet most of us are familiar with “new wine” because of George DeBoeuf and ...
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Gifting a Birth Year Wine

Recently I attended a christening for my newborn nephew and instead of arriving at the christening ...
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Terroir

I have many opportunities to chat with Customers throughout the work day in my capacity as ...
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“It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Time!”

Beaujolais Nouveau is the first wine of the new harvest! The third Thursday of November is ...
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TINY Bubbles!

As they rise to a crescendo of delight, the quality of champagne has often been measured ...
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How Rose Wines Are Made

Well before the arrival of the Summer Solstice, wine palates begin to shift their seasonal preferences ...
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Wine Headaches and The Causes

You or someone you know may have complained of headaches presumably caused by sulfites in wine. ...
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There’s a Fungus Among Us

“Sweet, rich-textured, flower-scented and smooth.” For many of us, this may cause us to think of ...
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Going Rogue (AKA Oregon by way of Phoenix… you figure it out)

My wife and I were really looking forward to our Sonoma-Napa wine vacation; nine days of ...
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Our Wine Tour of Tuscany

Some of our favorite wines come from Tuscany so we wanted to take a wine tour ...