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What Does It Take to Become a Sommelier?

It’s one of those wine words, not unlike Gewurztraminer, that is difficult to pronounce. For some, this adds allure to the pursuit of wine wisdom. For others, it’s just another source of frustration. But just as learning how to pronounce

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The 10 Most Important Terms for Wine Lovers

Wine has a language all its own, and learning it can be like learning a foreign language — even when the terms are 100% English. Becoming familiar with the 10 terms that follow can go a long way toward increasing

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The Secrets to Reading a Wine Label

When you’re buying a can of corn, there’s usually not much mystery involved. True, there are variations such as “cream style” and “no salt added,” but other than that, determining what’s inside the can is a pretty straightforward exercise. Oh,

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How to Get Those Red Wine Stains Out

If you drink enough red wine, it is pretty much inevitable: At some point in time, you will spill some on a piece of clothing. And if what happens to you is like what happened to me, that piece of

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What’s the Difference Between Red Wine and White Wine?

Wait a minute! That sounds like an answer from the “Stupid Questions” category on Jeopardy. Of course, the obvious answer is the color, but perhaps not so obvious is how the colors come to be. It all begins with the

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How to Chill Wine in a Hurry

Guests have arrived unexpectedly. You’d like to share a nice bottle of white wine with them. But there’s a problem. The only white wine you have on hand is sitting on your wine rack, and it needs to be chilled

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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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