A Guide to Merlot Wine

A Guide to Merlot Wine

From its fruit-forward flavor to its soft and elegant body, Merlot wine has impressed connoisseurs for centuries. Because of its diverse range of styles, Merlot shines as both a blending wine and a single variant. The comparatively lower tannin presence of Merlot makes it a smooth and accessible addition to any collection, as well as a perfect option for those just beginning to drink red wines. Merlot is an easy-to-drink red wine that can complement a wide array of dishes. Despite its merit as a versatile and classic wine, consumers recently moved away from Merlot due to plummeting quality in the 1990s and poor pop culture representation. However, devoted vintners continued to cultivate stellar products despite the market setback, and …
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How to Choose a Good Wine

How to Choose a Good Wine

When dining in a restaurant, a sommelier, or certified wine specialist, can assist you in selecting a perfect wine, even if you do not know much about wine yourself. By asking about your taste preferences, they can recommend a wine that pairs well with your meal, while complementing your likes and dislikes. But what happens when you’re browsing the shelves or web pages of seemingly endless choices of bottles, wondering how to select a good wine? For those who are not familiar with wine, the label on the bottle or product description — complete with descriptions of flavor notes, characteristics of the wine and origin of the grapes — may only make selecting …
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Why Are Wine Glasses Different Shapes?

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If you’ve ever browsed the dishware section of a home goods store, you’ve probably noticed wine glasses come in many different shapes. There’s the standard bowl-shaped wine glass, one with a much wider bowl and the skinny champagne flute. So, the question is — how much does the shape of your glass affect your wine? The Science Behind Wine Glass Shape The shape of a wine glass does affect the wine. A study from the Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering at a Tokyo Medical and Dental University found that a wine glass’s shape allows drinkers to smell the unique parts of …
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Best Wines Under $30

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The more you’re able to spend on wine, the better quality you’re likely to get. However, you don’t have to pay $100 to get a great bottle of wine. If you have $30 to spend, you can get a great bottle of wine — and maybe even have a few bucks to spare. Here are our top five picks for the best wines under 30 dollars. 1. Adelsheim Willamette Valley Pinot Noir When you try this flavorful red, your taste buds will meet lots of great flavors. See if you can discern all the tastes in this red. This recent vintage …
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