Taking a trip to the wine store for the first time can be quite a challenge; you will see different kinds of wine in various colours and names. Most of the time, the labels would indicate dry wine or sweet wine.
So, how do you know the difference between a sweet wine and a dry one enough to make a suitable decision?
Basically, a wine that is not sugary is described as a dry wine, needless to say, dry wine is on the extreme opposite of a sweet wine. It goes like a sweetness spectrum that runs from dry, off-dry, medium dry, medium, medium sweet, to sweet. This criterion is more precisely determined through the LCBO Sugar Code that measures the amount of residual sugar on the wines. The rates go from 0 to 30 with the former indicating very dry while the latter indicating very sweet and the ra... more
When you think of a bottle of red wine you often think of Christmas or wintertime. Great with cooked meats and comfort food it is often not seen as a wine for the summer.
However when you think about the places that produce red wines they are mainly places which have a lot of sunshine over the summer months. The people who live in these regions drink red wine all year round – so perhaps it is time to look at red wine through different eyes and think about how it can work as a summer drink.
The most obvious place for red wine is the barbecue. A proliferation of grilled meats make red wine the obvious choice when choosing you barbecue drinks... more
Merlot is a very well known grape in the wine world and this is largely due to its role as a key blending buddy in wines from Bordeaux in France. However, the reputation that it has gained for producing some of the most prestigious and expensive wines on the planet (such as Margaux and Paulliac), more
Chardonnay is a white wine made from a green skinned variety of grapes. The flavors associated with a Chardonnay are terroir and oak. It is considered to be a neutral wine, light in flavor. Many of the places around the world known for producing Chardonnay include France, Burgundy, Champagne, North America, California, Australia, Italy, and the New World Wine Regions. more
These wine grapes from California first appeared as a varietal label in the 70's and from then rose to popularity. Until in the 80's when it really gained a huge following in the market and began selling big. Actually, these California wine grapes only appeared as a varietal label in the 70's. But it was in the 80's that it really started selling big until it eventually controlled the wine market. They are widely used among enthusiasts and consumers who are starting to learn about how to make wine at home. more