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Wine Chemistry 101

Wine Chemistry 101

Ever wondered where wine gets its aromas? While the science of wine is complicated, here’s a snap shot answer: The grape: Each grape has a unique flavor profile or set of characteristics. Much like apples, no two varieties taste exactly the same. Think Granny Smith vs Honey Crip vs Red Delicious and you will get the picture. […]

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Wine Dinner at Pura Vida

Wine Dinner at Pura Vida

Tonight, the American Wine School is hosting a great wine dinner at Pura Vida on Cleveland’s Public Square. The theme of the night? American-Made. While 9/10th of all American wine is crafted in good ol’ Cali, we did select a few vinous gems from other regions. First up, Gruet Sparkling wine from Albuquerque, New Mexico. While that […]

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Cline Wines Pack a Punch

Cline Wines Pack a Punch

For the past two days, I have been tasting and chatting wine with Hilary Cline  (young daughter of Fred Cline) and Keith Morris (of Cork Dork fame) at the American Wine School’s Cleveland location. After sipping and pitting Cline up with more than 20+ wines, I think I have a good understanding of the Cline Cellars portfolio, […]

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Screwing Around with the Cork

Screwing Around with the Cork

Most winelovers would like to say that they always open a bottle of wine using proper technique. That said, many times necessity (aka lack of an opener) overrides technique, and the vinous will takes over. Personally, I have been know to open a bottle of wine using a self-created method I call “pigeage-bouchon” or punching down the cork with […]

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Decanting Wine

WHY WE DECANT WINE  Reason #1 – Letting the wine breathe: If you like big reds, then you need a decanter. Here’s why: The aroma and complexity of full-bodied, red wine actually improves with aeration (the addition of oxygen). Simply removing the cork does not allow the wine to breathe. You need to get the […]

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The "ah ha moment"

  Everyone has one. That singular point in time when you “got” wine for the very first time. It’s your vinous “ah ha moment” and there isn’t a sweeter sip to be had. Lots of people drink wine, but once you’ve experience your wine WOW you will never approach a glass in the same manner. You stop merely sipping wine […]

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Fireside Sippers

Fireside Sippers

With lots of candy leftover from the Halloween season, I find myself temped to nibble a piece at the end of the day. Trouble is…I also find myself wanting a glass of vino. For me,there is no better time to uncork a simple ruby port than the start of the holiday season. From Nov 1st to […]

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Season of Change

Harvest time rocks. It signifies a time of change. Take for example the changing of the seasons from summer to fall with leaves changing from green to autumnal colors. Better yet, the veggies on our table go from flowering to root, meats are roasted instead of grilled and (wait for it) the grapes on the […]

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Hot Small Brand

 Every so often, I taste a wine that screams Tuesday night! It is a wine that pairs perfectly with a burger, pizza or a simple salad. More importantly, it does so for around $10 – $15…and for me, Four Vines Naked Chardonnay did just that. In fact, I chatted about this wine more than a year ago on the […]

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