Wine 101

Wine 101: Stemware

A Simple Guide to Choosing Wine Glasses

I know what you’re thinking: When are we gonna start drinking wine? We’re getting closer, I promise you, but today I just want to run through some of the pros and cons of different styles of glassware! After getting your wine out of the bottle (and perhaps into a decanter) at the proper temperature, serving it in the proper glass is probably the next step to getting the most from your wines. With each wine offering its own unique blend of structural elements, flavors, and aromas, you'll often hear that it's important to use a very specific glass if you want to enjoy your wine to its fullest. But is that just a whole lot of marketing BS? The Two Basic Styles of Wine Glasses for Still WineThe truth is there is some science to support using a varied range of glasses. However, the fact o...

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Wine 101 - Beaujolais

Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2014 with our classic guide to the region.

Beaujolais: it’s the pork of Burgundy! Often referred to as the other red wine of Burgundy, in addition to the great Pinot Noirs of the region, the Gamay of Beaujolais has its own unique character ...

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5 Unique Wine Grapes to Focus on this Fall

Breaking out of the routine with some exciting options for Autumn.

I know the idea of wines being seasonal is kind of misplaced, after all a late afternoon snack of goat cheese calls for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc whether it’s summer or winter, but we do tend to d...

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Being in Burgundy

What it's like and what to do when you get there

There is nothing like spending time in Burgundy. The villages and countryside are beautiful and timeless. The people are discreet but warm. Burgundy is like comfort food for wine lovers. Arrive Th...

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Common Wine Questions

A Top 10 of Commonly Asked Questions

Sep 17, 2014 at 12:00am
Originally published in September 2010, it's time to revisit these timeless answer to our most commonly asked questions. There's no doubt that wine can be confusing, with so many wines, with so mu... Read More »


The Secret to Safely Cutting Wine Bottles for DIY Crafts

You can construct this nifty wine bottle coffee table in no time!

Sep 16, 2014 at 12:00am
It goes without saying, you should obtain both safety goggles and cut-resistant gloves before you embark on this project. You will need a high quality glass cutter as well. Other things you will ne... Read More »


The State of Washington 2014

Finding out what makes Washington's wine industry tick.

Mar 3, 2014 at 12:00am
Tomorrow I’ll begin a two part look at wines that I recently tasted while traveling throughout the state of Washington, but I thought it would be a good idea to preface those notes today with a bri... Read More »


Three Keys to In-store Displays

Building the best for the Holidays and beyond

Nov 23, 2013 at 12:00am
As the holiday season bears down on us it’s worth taking some time to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to maximize the effects of your in-store displays. While we all love helping our... Read More »


Dona Paula's Virtual Tasting Recap

Talking terroir with Martin Kaiser

Nov 20, 2013 at 12:00am
Last month we had our most recent Virtual Tasting featuring the wines of Argentina’s Dona Paula Estate. While tasting through four wines we were treated to Martin Kaiser’s narratives. Matin, as the... Read More »


The Wines of Germany 101

A Snooth Article Classic

Nov 18, 2013 at 12:00am
Old world wine countries are challenging to describe. Simply put, too much is going on and too much has gone on there for brief summaries to be of much help when trying to learn about their wines, ... Read More »


Wines of Chile 101

Taking a look at the where, what, whys and whens of Chile

Oct 28, 2013 at 12:00am
Chilean wine has had an interesting past few decades in the established markets of the northern hemisphere. The UK in particular has enjoyed these wines for decades, taking advantage of their modes... Read More »


The Wines of Argentina 101

Taking a look at the where, what, whys and whens of Argentina

Oct 21, 2013 at 12:00am
Argentina has emerged as one of wine’s great success stories of the 21st century, which might be disappointing to the Argentines who have afterall been at this for several hundred years. None the l... Read More »


Vintage Watch XIII

Many harvests are safely in the bag, or vat, yet other producers must still hope for sunny skies

Sep 30, 2013 at 12:00am
The coming week or two really are the crossroads of this harvest season. Producers in the north of California are focusing on bringing in some of their later vineyards while in Oregon there is a bi... Read More »


Vintage Watch XII

Harvests are ending, harvests are starting, we are in the thick of it

Sep 23, 2013 at 12:00am
This is really crunch time. Folks in cooler areas and those regions that may have suffered a slow start to the season and/or have particularly late ripening grapes to worry about can now commence w... Read More »

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  • 1015486334 dave i would like to learn what tasteing notes mean to a beginer.. how do you define the "oak" what are "tannins" along withthe other commentarie words like berry smoke ect.. many of us like me have tasted a wine we liked a lot and would like to know more of how to find things we like by understanding what you experts mean. me i dont like wine with a hint of vingar or tart were your mouth feels dry i tryed one that said sweet and fruty but .. it was not so come on you experts what does all this mean to a beginer?

  • 318028Ritab70 Dave I certainly empathize with you and would like to know that as well. I was lucky enough to buy a lot of vintage bottles of Red Bordeaux and I know what tastes delicious and what does not but to say it has a smoky taste or the berry smell I don't get it.

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