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Aug 01, 2020

Pink, Red, Orange: what rose wine color can tell you about its quality

We are in the middle of summer on this side of the world. 

Are you like me sipping on Rosé wines when it’s hot outside?

It always amazes me to see so many different Rosé wine colors on the shelves, going from very light to dark pink, with sometimes orange hues.

Color positively influences us when we purchase a bottle of Rose.

This week’s article discusses how Rosé wine colors can also signal how well or poorly the wine was handled once released.

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Jul 25, 2020

What you need to know about astringent wines

Unless you love steeped tea or green bananas, you may have little affinity with astringency in wine.

Tannins extracted from the grape seeds and stems are giving the wine its structure and its texture, meaning how it feels in the mouth.

Why bothering you to know about astringency? Here is a short summary.

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Jul 19, 2020

What is Wine Mouthfeel?

Wine mouthfeel, includes complex sensations such as Wine Body, Astringency, Burning feeling, is triggered by different wine components. Learn more.

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Jul 18, 2020

What makes a good wine pairing work?

For some wine enthusiasts, food and wine pairing are art; for others, it's a science, and for me, it's neither, it's just a question of preference.

Another article on food and wine pairing, you must think. Well, that's one of the most searched topics on the internet. So you may have questions too. 
I have reviewed several articles on the topic already.

The most popular one was about the sommelier journey to develop the skills of choosing an appropriate wine pairing with the meal their guests chose at their establishment.

What makes a good wine pairing work for the sommeliers was, however, not explained.

A new study was just published on this topic, so I was hopeful for new insights.

I summarized what I learned for you in this week's article.

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Jul 11, 2020

The one aroma compound behind peppery wines

Have you ever tasted a red wine with a hint of spiciness that reminded you of black pepper? 

A peppery note in wine is not a fault. Although perceiving pepper in red wine might be unexpected, it is a characteristic of many cool-climate red wines. 

Gamay wines from Beaujolais or Ontario and Syrah wines from Côtes du Rhône usually have this typical black pepper note, well blended with other aromas. Certain Australian Shiraz wines also have this peppery note in their profiles. 

But what is the origin of the black paper aroma in wine?

This story is what I learned from a review published on the topic.

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Jul 04, 2020

What is the best wine temperature to store and serve wine?

Summer is finally here in this part of the world.

As the weather warms up, articles on wine temperature are flourishing in the media. To name a few headlines I read recently:

  • How cold should I serve a Chardonnay?
  • Is putting a bottle in the freezer that bad?
  • Should I buy a dual-zone wine cooler?
  • Any advice on choosing a chilled red wine?
  • I looked for scientific facts to answer these questions and summarized my findings for you.

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    Jun 26, 2020

    TDN in Riesling

    Thank you for an interesting article on TDN in Riesling wines. If I understand you correctly, English is not my native language, TDN is inherent in Riesling

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    Jun 20, 2020

    What is that petrol smell in your wine?

    I love Riesling wines, but not so much the petrol smell that sometimes develops with cellaring the bottles.

    Contrarily to unusual wine aromas, such as corked taint, the petrol smell is inherent from the grape variety of Riesling. It's one of Riesling wine typical aromas.

This week, you will learn more about TDN, an impossible to pronounce grape compound that imparts this unusual aroma in Riesling wine.

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    Jun 14, 2020

    Determining Cork Taint

    Hi Isabelle. I really appreciated this anecdote and story about corked wine! I've definitely tasted funky wines before but how do you determine whether

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    Jun 11, 2020

    What is a corked wine

    While tasting a corked wine is a rare event nowadays, it still happens. Learn how to detect this off-flavor and what to do with the faulty bottle.

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