What’s the difference between a “varietal” and a “blended” wine? What is the perfect wine to serve with those hors d’oeuvres you’re planning for your next party? How do you decipher a label on the bottle of a French wine? How do I use wine to enhance my favorite recipes? You’ll find answers to these, and much more, on this page. With minimal experience you can commence down the avenue to becoming a bona fide wine aficionado.

Virginia Wine History

Although Jefferson, like many early Virginia planters, cultivated wine grapes and produced some wine, it wasn’t until the 19th century that local wine grape growers began producing wines on a significant commercial scale …

What is Wine?

Typically, wine is simply defined as fermented grape juice. However, wine can be made from various types of fruits, and in some instances flowers and herbs …

Popular Wine Regions

Wine grapes mostly grow between the 30th and the 50th degree of latitude in the Northern and Southern hemispheres, but sometimes grow beyond this range, and in unexpected places. The top ten regions, by…

Styles of Wine

Wine styles can vary greatly, depending on the grape variety (or varieties) used, the climate and soil conditions in the region of production, and vinification method…

Wine Varietals

A Varietal wine is a wine made primarily from one grape variety, which is usually displayed on the wine label. Grape varieties used to make varietal wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot …

Wine Words

wine \ wīn \ Noun: an alcoholic drink made from fermented grape juice. “She opened a bottle of white wine” Verb: to entertain someone by offering them drinks or a meal. “Our friends wined and dined us last night” …

How to Taste Wine

We all have a sense of taste and smell, yet without sensory focus and a method of smelling and tasting that cultivates “taste memory”, we can’t truly appreciate wine. So, how do we taste and evaluate a glass of wine?

Wine Pairings Guide

“Serve white wine with fowl and fish, and red wine with red meats,” so the old rule goes. Well, you know what they say about rules! Here’s more than 150 wine pairings for you to explore and savor …

Cooking With Wine

A few of the essentials of cooking with wine are to start with an excellent recipe and delicious bottle of wine. Get started learning how to cook with some of these popular recipes to try.

Wine Labels

There is an abundance of information found on wine labels. What’s fluff? What’s important? What if the wine label is written in French (or Spanish or Italian or Portuguese)? Typically, a wine label has five …

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