Category: Wine Explained

SEVEN SIMPLE RULES FOR BUYING BETTER WINE

Have you ever found yourself wandering up and down the wine aisles at a liquor store wondering what to choose? How do you separate the good wines from the terrible ones? What’s the secret to buying good wine at great prices? Well, one thing you can do is check out my reviews and top picks…

THE SEVEN GREATEST WINE MYTHS

THE MORE EXPENSIVE THE WINE, THE BETTER IT IS This is one of the most common wine myths and a good reason to reiterate the key message of this site: a more expensive bottle wine isn’t necessarily better than a cheaper one (check out my Reviews and Top Picks for some good examples). Now, obviously,…

MAKING SENSE OF A WINE LIST

We’ve all been there: You’re out with friends or on a date, you’re ushered to a table, you sit down and suddenly someone plonks the wine list in front of you. You open it, it seems to be full of gibberish – what the hell is a Beaujolais? – but everyone is looking at you…

WHAT ARE TANNINS?

REALLY, WHAT ARE THEY? Ah tannins. So often talked about, so rarely explained. You’ll see them referenced in just about every red wine review but unless you’ve been inducted into the wine Illuminati you’ve probably found yourself wondering what on earth the reviewer is talking about – A wall of tannin? What on earth is…

FUNNY WINE DESCRIPTORS

Let’s be honest, the world of wine can get a little ridiculous at times. Here are some of the most hilarious wine descriptors I’ve come across: Cat’s Pee – A common term wine people use for Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc. I can’t say I’ve ever picked up on it, but then I don’t have a cat….

ACIDITY IN WINE

ALL WINE IS ACIDIC. It doesn’t matter where its made or what variety was used, if it’s a wine, it is going to be acidic. All wines have a pH level lower than 7.0, and most are around 3.0 to 4.0. Acid is one of wine’s core components, along with alcohol, tannins and sugar/sweetness. Check…

KEY WINE TASTING TERMS

FROM ACIDITY TO TANNINS, HERE ARE SOME OF THE KEY TERMS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BETTER UNDERSTAND WINE REVIEWS AND IMPROVE YOUR DRINKING EXPERIENCE. Acidity – Acidity is what makes wines taste sour and tart. All wines are on the acidic side of the PH spectrum, though It is easier to pick up in…