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    5 Dry Portuguese Wines That Will Knock Your Socks Off

    Finding a truly amazing wine at a price in the sub-$12 realm is actually pretty rare… you could say it’s mythic. When you come across one of these mythic wines you may have experienced an overwhelming sensation of irrational glee and desperation as you buy up as much of the wine as you can. 5 Dry Portuguese Wines That Will Knock Your Socks Off This brings us to the topic of P ...

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    Wine and Your Sex Drive

    Wine and sex is definitely not a pairing that instantly pops into mind. However, even though we don’t talk about it, wine is used as a social lubricant all the time. Which left us wondering… Why is wine and sex a thing? In 2009, an Italian research group published a study that showed a correlation of drinking wine –specifically red wine– increased the sexual appetite of women.

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      Wines Like It Cool, Dark and Moist

      Wine Folly - - 5 readers - If you’re planning to store your wine in the closet this might not be such a good idea. A recent study in Northern Italy showed that wines age 4 times faster when stored at room temperature. Find out more about how to keep your wine happy and learn what to do if you do plan on starting a wine collection.

      The Big Secret About Pinot

      Wine Folly - - 5 readers - Pinot is a little bit misunderstood. Recent findings have shown us that all Pinot varieties are not just related but are, in fact, the same! Time to get to the bottom of the story of Pinot, an ancient grape that has boggled us for centuries. The Big Secret About Pinot As it happens, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Gris are not just related, they are the same.

      7 Basics to Serving Wine and Glassware

      Wine Folly - - 5 readers - The basics on serving wine including tips from picking the right wine glasses to pouring wine without spilling. Some of these tips will even improve the flavor of wine. Wine Basics: Serving & Glassware Wine is a peculiar beverage because even serving it in different glasses can change the way it tastes.

      6 Food Trends Call For Off-The-Wall Wine Pairings

      Wine Folly - - 4 readers - The hottest food trends posted for 2015 prove that our taste preferences are rapidly changing. It’s time to pair wine more intelligently with your evolving new diet. Go beyond “white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat” Fortunately, new trends in cuisine give you the opportunity to try different wines that you may not normally select.

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      5 Dry Portuguese Wines That Will Knock Your Socks Off

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