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How to Open a Bottle of Champagne — Safely

We want you to have not only a festive and fun New Year’s Eve, but also a safe one. A bottle of Champagne — whether it’s a vintage wine like the floral, fruitful and fresh 2009 Cristal by Louis Roederer

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Yes, You CAN Open a Bottle of Champagne With a Saber

Around my house, we don’t count down to New Year’s Day; we count down to New Year’s EVE. Even though we enjoy Champagne and sparkling wine throughout the year, we tend to get out the “good stuff” on New Year’s

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Crackle or Pop? When Opening a Bottle, Either Sound Works

One more FAQ to close out the week… QUESTION: I recently received a bottle of wine from a friend that has a screw top. I thought all good wines came with corks. Is my friend trying to tell me something?

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Is There Going to Be a Champagne Shortage?

It has been a while since we answered some questions from our loyal (and appreciated!) blog followers, so let’s tackle one today and another on Friday. QUESTION: I heard that there’s going to be a big Champagne shortage. Is this

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Why ‘Swirling’ Your Wine Is So Important

Because I’m so into music and love seeing and hearing under-the-radar singers and groups perform in intimate settings, I have grown accustomed to enjoying the “patter” between songs almost as much as the songs themselves. Remember, these are not big

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How Do They Make Some Wines Sweeter Than Others?

We kick off this week with a question about sweet wines — which most wine drinkers enjoy, even if they’re reluctant to admit it… QUESTION: My wife loves dry red wines, but I prefer wines that have some sweetness to

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What Does It Mean for a Wine to Be Balanced?

As the person who writes the tasting notes that accompany the wines featured by Vinesse, I’m constantly aware of the language used in those mini-stories. No, by “language,” I do not mean bad words. I’m talking about the descriptive words

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How Does the Alcohol in Wine Compare to Other Drinks?

TGIF! Are you going out for drinks with friends once 5 o’clock rolls around today? Or might you be planning to dine out this weekend and order a bottle of wine to accompany the meal? We want you, your friends

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Twist and Shout: The Great Screw Cap Debate

Q Is a wine sealed with a screw cap inferior to a wine sealed with a cork? A It depends entirely on the wine. Screw caps have been around since the 1950s, when they were used primarily to seal cheap

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How Do You Safely Remove a Champagne Cork?

Back in the “good old days,” a team would win the World Series, and shortly thereafter, the cameras would take you inside the winning team’s locker room. Bedlam then would ensue as Champagne bottles would be opened, with corks flying

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