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Corked Wine

The best corks allow close to 1 milligram of oxygen to enter the bottle each year. This is just the right amount of air to remove the sulfites that were added in the bottling process to keep the wine fresh and to avoid the harmful effects of oxidation. This small amount of air is perfect for helping age-worthy wines develop their complexities while the tannins are busy softening.” Source: The Wine Cellar Insider *Sipfuly Delicious.

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Sparkling wine or Champagne?

A question that we are often asked is, “What is the difference between “Sparkling Wine” and “Champagne”? The easy and short answer is that sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it comes from the region of Champagne, France, which is just outside of Paris. Further, champagne can only be made using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. To clarify, all champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne. We really should think of Champagne in terms of a geographical place as opposed to a winemaking style. Where do the Bubbles come from?: Sparkling wine is made by taking the simple formula for fermentation (sugar + yeast = alcohol and CO2), and not allowing the resulting...

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Wine Descriptors

Wine descriptors are very tricky, especially for those who are being asked to describe a wine based on its varietal but have no idea as to how to go on about it. Worry not, we have just the perfect thing! Here are a few pointers: Dry: A dry wine leaves the tongue tingling, with the feeling of a cottonmouth. Sweet: This wine is more suitable for dessert or falls under the variety of cheap wines. Fruity: Red wines will be categorised as having red fruits or dark fruits. While on the other hand, whites will be tropical. Earthy: This is often than not referred to red wines, as it implies a certain mustiness. Damp; musky flavours. The body of the wine...

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