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    What is Brix? Winemaking Secrets

    If you’ve ever traveled to wine country or glanced at a wine bottle tech sheet then you’ve probably come across the words “Brix” with a number after it, such as 19.5, 23 or sometimes up to 26. Brix measures must levels (sugar) in wine grapes that ultimately determines how much alcohol a wine will have. Learn the secrets to what Brix tells you on a wine stat sheet.

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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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      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.

      “Hock, Moselle And The Rest”

      Winecast - - 4 readers - “Hock, Moselle And The Rest” by Tim Elliott on October 7, 2014 I recently began rereading George Saintsbury’s classic, “Notes on a Cellar-Book.” The 1920 volume was one of my first wine books read back in the early 1980’s that I had not thought much about since. With time – and much more context and experience with wine – I am finding the book a fascinating window into lat ...

      Wine Tasting Terms And How to Use Them

      Wine Folly - - 4 readers - You know what wines you like but how do you describe them? Learn how to use wine tasting terms the right way to get the wine you want. Learning the fundamentals of tasting descriptions will also help you decipher wine writing and let you buy wine more confidently. Using Wine Tasting Terms To Get What You Want Besides referring to wine ratings, tasting terms are the only way we ...

      The Best Wine Hangover Recovery Guide Ever (for Work Days)

      Wine Folly - - 4 readers - Have a wine hangover? These 8 steps might surprise you, but they will help you recover faster. Get back on track and start having a better day. The Best Wine Hangover Recovery Guide Ever Get back on track to being a happy human being again with this handy little Wine Hangover Recovery Guide. Hopefully, you have already made amends on how to moderate your wine intake next time.

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    • How Wine is Made: From Grapes to Glass

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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…

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      … Have a wine hangover? These 8 steps might surprise you, but they will help you recover faster. Get back on track and start having a better day. The Best Wine Hangover Recovery Guide Ever Get back on track to being a happy human being again with this handy little Wine Hangover Recovery Guide. Hopefully, you have already made amends on how…

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      … “Hock, Moselle And The Rest” by Tim Elliott on October 7, 2014 I recently began rereading George Saintsbury’s classic, “Notes on a Cellar-Book.” The 1920 volume was one of my first wine books read back in the early 1980’s that I had not thought much about since. With time – and much more context and experience with wine – I am finding…

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    • Wine and Your Sex Drive

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