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  • Wine 101: What Even Is a Sommelier?

    Sommelier is one of those terms you likely hear at the start of your wine journey, stumble over the pronunciation one too many times, and then dismiss as a fancy wine word you won’t use and don’t understand the significance …

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  • Wine 101: Wine Pro Tips and Tricks

    Welcome back to Wine 101, a bite-sized video series exploring all things wine designed to help refine your knowledge and enhance your experience. My first blog in this series, Back to the Basics , laid the foundation for your wine journey. Now, I’m sharing …

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  • WINE 101: BACK TO THE BASICS

    Too often, wine knowledge is hard to find and even harder to understand, but I believe there’s a way to make learning about wine fun and accessible. And whether you’re a casual connoisseur or a self-proclaimed sommelier, we can all …

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  • How To Host the Ultimate Wine Tasting Soirée

    If you’ve ever dreamed of hosting your own at home wine tasting, you’re in for a treat. I’m here to spill the secrets on how to host a wine tasting that will have your friends knocking down your door for …

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  • Plan Your Perfect Wine Trip

    From the snow-capped Andes framing the vineyards of Argentina to the lush, verdant countryside of Brazil, my recent travels to the wine-rich regions of South America have left me itching to plan my next adventure – and yours too! Photo …

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  • Wine & Wellness: Enjoying Wine in Moderation

    We’ve all been there. When you’re trying to build healthy habits, it’s easy to think you need to drop every guilty pleasure from your life. But did you know you can still drink your favorite wine and live a balanced …

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  • Beyond the Label: Decoding Wine Labels and Finding Hidden Gems

    Have you ever found yourself in the wine aisle, staring at rows upon rows of bottles, feeling like you’ve entered a labyrinth without a map? With labels adorned with intricate details, words you can’t pronounce, and places you’ve never heard …

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  • How To Master Any Wine List

    The scene is set. You find yourself at a candlelit table in a charming restaurant, ready to embark on a sensory adventure through the world of food and wine. Then, the wine list arrives. You flip through the pages as …

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  • Corked or Capped – Does it Really Matter?

    When you’re sitting down to enjoy a glass of wine, the type of bottle closure used is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, the choice between corked or capped wine has been a hotly debated topic …

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  • Uncorking Delight – The Best Wines for Beginners

    Embarking on your wine journey should be an enjoyable and enriching experience. But in a world of hundreds of varieties of wine and thousands of types of grapes, knowing where to begin is an adventure all by itself. But fear …

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  • Going Beyond Cheese & Chocolate

    Withitsrich tapestry of flavors, aromas, and textures, wine has the unique ability to transform a simple meal into a sumptuous feast for the senses. And while you’ll never hear me complaining about a good chocolate or cheese tasting, today we’re …

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  • How to Serve Wine Like a Pro (for any occasion)

    Serving wine isn’t just about filling glasses; it’s an intricate dance of tradition, a chance to showcase your hosting prowess, and an opportunity to spark engaging conversations. (And let’s be real, when done right it looks cool as hell). Wine …

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  • Sulfites: Are They Actually Bad for You?

    Sulfites have garnered quite the unflattering reputation in recent years – but do they deserve it? And what exactly are they anyway? Let’s break it down. What are Sulfites and Why are They Used? Sulfites are naturally occurring compounds that …

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  • Cristie’s Essential Wine Glossary

    Wine has a unique and beautiful language all its own. But from tasting terms to industry jargon, translating it can be overwhelming. Below you’ll find my essential wine glossary – broken down into tasting terms, wine words 101, and expert …

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  • How to Taste Wine Like a Pro

    Oaky, lush, crisp, robust, supple – wine tasting is ripe with jargon that can feel intimidating to learn. But understanding wine doesn’t have to be as hard as some people make it out to be.  Utilizing a sommelier tool called …

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  • The Best Wine Influencers to Learn From

    The Best Wine Influencers to Learn From While learning about wine from books and videos is effective, it can sometimes be a bit dry! (But not in a Sauvignon Blanc kind of way). That’s why I love following wine influencers—their …

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  • Cristie’s Top 10 Holiday Gift Guide (for Winos)

    #1 Repour Wine Savers (~$8-20) The Scoop: Repour wine savers actually, ACTUALLY, preserve your wine for months. I have personally tested these and I vouch for their effectiveness. They are far superior to any other wine preservation system that I …

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  • There’s a Beaujolais for that

    By Ellen Clifford For such a friendly, early-budding, easy-going grape, Gamay has had a rough go of it.   In 1395 Duke Philip the Bold (bold enough to be a jerk to Gamay anyway) kicked it out of the more …

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  • Life Cycle of a Vine

    by Maddison Pantlin Illustrations by Alex Anderson The key to starting anything is establishing a good foundation.   Skyscrapers downtown, children with manners, multiplication tables. The same applies to our favorite fermented fruit. You can’t make good wine from bad …

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  • The Real History of Tom Collins (A 3-Minute Read)

    By Kenny Daniels   It takes a special breed to order a Tom Collins. It’s an old drink. It doesn’t have the panache of most modern cocktails. To many, a Tom Collins is an ancient cocktail, something that many have …

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  • Franciacorta…..Italy’s sparkling triumph.

    By Stu Nudelman aka Stu The Wine Guru   So, imagine you are on on the hills located between the southern shore of Lake Iseo and the city of Brescia (Lombardy). Okay, if you’ve never been there before, it looks …

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  • Sulfites on the Brain

    By Maddison Pantlin Imagine… you’re waking up from an entertaining night out. As the familiar mental fog clears, you suddenly remember all of the dancing, laughs, and scandalous behavior… and unfinished tacos in your fridge, score. Evidently, and not for …

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  • National Wine Day Photo Contest 2018

    I had to celebrate National Wine Day with everyone. In what was really a spur of the moment decision the night before, I posted some quick directions to my photo contest: Take a photo with a sign that says “Happy …

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