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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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The Problem with Wine Ratings

What's wrong with them and their affect on how we buy wine

I’ve been thinking about writing up my thoughts on this issue for some time, but I had always thought it was just too simple an issue; something that might be summed up in a few sentences, but perh...

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The holiday season is the perfect time for dessert wines

The holiday season is prime dessert wine drinking time for several reasons. It’s hard to drink a lot of dessert wine. They come after a huge meal and many other wines. We are full. Please not a waf...

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9 Basic Traits of Wine

Use GDP's tasting method to judge any and every wine you sip

Some of my recent wine reviews have featured a new approach to reviewing. I’m trying to make my reviews more useful to a broader range of wine lovers, so I’ve simplified the written review and trie...

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Where Do the Plums Come From?

The story behind that plummy aroma

Oct 3, 2012 at 12:00am
Have you noticed that wine writers describe wine aromas as smelling like just about anything other than grapes? It’s a funny thing. Why the heck should the wine smell like plums when it’s made of g... Read More »


5 Wine Myths- Busted! Or Not.

What's the truth? GDP cracks the 5 most popular wine myths

Sep 19, 2012 at 12:00am
Wine is a complicated matter. Or that’s at least what all wine experts are hoping you’ll believe! The truth is that wine is a remarkably flexible product, ending up as simple or as complicated as y... Read More »


Five Key Wine Components and How to Detect Them

A lesson on the basic words and phrases you need to know about wine

Aug 15, 2012 at 12:00am
How often have you run across these phrases when you’re reading a wine review: “highly structured," “crisp,” “bright," “firm tannins,” “fine-grained tannins.” How do they translate into your flavo... Read More »


7 Mistakes Wine Drinkers Make

And how to avoid them

May 2, 2012 at 12:00am
We are all guilty for these mistakes wine drinkers make because we all make them. I know some might argue that it should just be about the wine and how it tastes, which is true, but by knowing, rec... Read More »


Don't Drink That, Drink This! (part 2)

Cheap wine worth drinking

Jan 9, 2012 at 12:00am
Last time, I took a look at expensive wines and made some suggestions for finding relative values. Today, let’s look at cheap wines. You can buy a lot of crap out there for almost no money. How abo... Read More »


How to Make Wine a Healthy Part of Your Diet

It's easier than you think

Jan 6, 2012 at 12:00am
What is your New Year’s resolution? I bet for many of you, myself included, it is to take better care of yourselves. That usually means trying to slim down. While at first pass you might think tha... Read More »


The $2500 Wine Cellar

Part 1: Getting started with Rioja and Beaujolais

Jan 5, 2012 at 12:00am
With these fateful words, I begin what may prove to be a most vexing and trying adventure: to build a complete and representative wine cellar with options at many price points and the ability to me... Read More »


New Year's Wine Resolutions

Starting a wine cellar with minimal time and money

Jan 5, 2012 at 12:00am
With the New Year upon us, we tend to be a resolute bunch. Many of our resolutions revolve around self-betterment, peace on earth and fitting into old jeans. You know, those same old unattainable t... Read More »


Decoding the Sparkling Wine Label

Just the facts ma'am

Dec 29, 2011 at 12:00am
The time is upon us! The time to buy sparkling wine that is. Don't know where to begin? Starting here is a good place. We've put together a handy, simplified chart for figuring out what you're ... Read More »


2011 Beaujolais Nouveau

Tasting the latest releases

Nov 21, 2011 at 12:00am
Time to get ready for the big Turkey Day while working out one’s wine pairings. This is actually a great time to be paying attention to wine media, though what we are saying can become kind of pred... Read More »

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