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TANNIN and ACIDITY

These are two of the most dominant factors in choosing a wine. Red wines have tannin at varying levels that affect the “astringency” of the wine. White wines have acidity that affect the “crispness”. Tannin is one of those factors that people either love or hate. It causes that dried out, mouth puckering sensation in [...]


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WINE, AN EVERYDAY DRINK

A lot of people, especially in North America, view wine as a special occasion drink. They open a bottle at Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and whenever that wine-lover friend drops by. That’s not the way it’s viewed in Europe. In the region that has been making and consuming wine for thousands of years, wine is an [...]


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ENDANGERED CORK FORESTS?

I hear this subject brought up frequently. Are our cork forests in danger of being destroyed? In a word, NO. I’m not sure why there has been so much talk about running out of cork. First of all, cork, which is made from tree bark, is a renewable resource. When everything else is moving away [...]


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TERROIR

Terroir is one of those words tossed around in wine circles, designed to keep the “uninformed”, that way. It refers to the different characteristics that grapes, and the wines they produce, have that are related to their country of origin. A Pinot Grigio grape will always display certain flavours, almost no matter where it’s grown. [...]


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CRAFT WINE MAKING

We all need a hobby. Something to distract us from the day to day grind. Something to enjoy. And there are lots of them out there. Some people collect decorative silver spoons from travels around the world. Others build ships inside bottles. A lot of hobbies can get quite expensive, frequently due to equipment costs, [...]


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LETTING YOUR WINE BREATHE

We’ve all heard the expression “letting your wine breathe”, but what does that really mean and do? What it means is to allow your wine to be exposed to the air. Specifically it’s the oxygen in the air that affects the wine. Wine has a funny relationship with oxygen. It’s necessary during the onset of [...]


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Wine toast… TO YOUR HEALTH!

Almost every day there seems to be more information about the health benefits of moderate wine consumption. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a baby aspirin and a glass of red wine every day is right up there too! The ingredient that provides the health benefits is Resveratrol. It’s an anti-oxidant [...]


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Wine Kit Quality

Many people are hesitant about trying consumer made wine because of concerns about the quality. They may have had a good willed neighbour, who made wine in his basement by crushing grapes or buying fresh juice, give them a bottle that they ended up pouring down the sink. There is a scientific explanation for this: [...]


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Invest in a Wine Cellar

Unfortunately you can’t place this investment inside your RRSP, but it will probably give you a better return than most of those Mutual Funds you have. Wine is one of those rare commodities that actually improves with age. Wines available from the store are at least 6 months old and most are several years old. [...]


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A Little Wine Secret

There’s a little wine secret that the wine industry doesn’t want you to know… You may have bought wines from Ontario at the store from wineries such as Jackson-Triggs, Sawmill Creek, Inniskillin or Naked Grape. You may be surprised to learn that they are all owned by the same company called Vincor Ltd. There are [...]