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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Guide to the Different Types of Wine Glasses

Guide to the Different Types of Wine Glasses

According to the Court of Master Sommeliers — the world’s most elite group of veteran wine experts for 50 years — there are nearly two dozen types of wine glasses available for serving wine today. That’s a lot of cabinet space dedicated to wine glasses! It’s little surprise if you’ve recently browsed the dishware section of a home goods store. There are wide glasses and short glasses, tall and slender glasses — even funny-shaped glasses with special curved rims. What are the different types of wine glasses, and why do they come in different shapes and sizes? Plus, does it matter which …
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Best Wines Under $30

Wine bottles collection and wooden barrel in a wine cellar

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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