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What Are Wine Legs and What Causes Them?

They usually occur in high alcohol wines and you'll see the link between alcohol and wine legs shortly. Some people say you can pick wine quality by the legs. This is just not true. The legs occur ..
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A Short History of the Malbec Wine Grape

History and geography Malbec's been declining in popularity for the last 40 years. One of the reasons is the name. It's known under so many different names that Malbec in France means very little. ..
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A Short History of the Semillon Wine Grape

History and geography Semillon grows all over the world but its history is difficult to pin down. It first came to Australia in the early 1800's. The best-known Semillons in Australia come from the ..
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A Short History of the Verdelho Wine Grape

History The earliest recorded planting of Verdelho is from Portugal in the 15th century. It was one of the most widely planted varieties on the island of Madeira till the 20th century. The island of ..
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A Short History of the Pinot Noir Wine Grape

Pinot Noir is one of the oldest vine grape varieties known and was named by the noble Pinot family after the pinecone shape of the grape bunches. Pinot's been cultivated in Burgundy since the 1st ..
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A Short History of the Riesling Wine Grape

The history of the Riesling vine can be traced back to Germany and the year 1435. The first documented evidence comes from the cellar log of Count Katzenelnbogen at Ruesselsheim on 13th March 1435. ..
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A Short History of the Shiraz Wine Grape

If you live in Australia you drink Shiraz and if you live in other parts of the world (especially near Avignon in Frances’ Rhone Valley) you drink Syrah. Same grape, different name. Legend has .
(October 14, 2008)
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Where Does the Wine Barrel Oak Come From?

Mostly German oak was used in Australia for barrels around the start of the century. From the 1920's onward American oak found it's way to Australia. Before WW II oak imported from Europe was known ..
(October 04, 2008)
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A Short History of the Muscat Wine Grape

The Muscat grape is the world's oldest known grape variety. It probably originated in Greece but maybe the independent sultanate of Muscat in the south-east of the Arabian Peninsula had something to ..
(October 08, 2008)
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A Short History of the Viognier Wine Grape

In 1965 only a miserable eight hectares of Viognier (pronounced Vee-on-yay) grape existed in its Northern Rhône homeland appellation of Condrieu. Amazing, since some believe the grape had grown here .
(October 08, 2008)
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A Short History of the Merlot Wine Grape - Where it Came From

Here's some history on the Merlot wine grape. We can trace Merlot back to the 1st Century in France but Merlot as a noble Bordeaux varietal standing on it's own doesn't appear till the 1800s. ..
(September 29, 2008)
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What's a Botrytis, Noble Rot Or Late Pick Wine?

Botrytis bunch rot or grey mould is a disease that exists in all vineyards worldwide and is caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea. Botrytis can hit grapes at any time but the most common infection ..
(October 01, 2008)
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What's in a Wine Label?

In their most basic classifications wine labels fall into two categories; old world and new world or better still geographic and varietal. The old world or geographic labels come from France, ..
(October 01, 2008)
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A Quick History of the Wine Glass

The Pleistene age saw the Iberians and later the Britons using baked clay goblets to drink from. The Phoenicians taught the Britons to make a copper alloy giving rise to the Bronze age, timber and ..
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Wine Tasting 101 - A Quick Guide For You to Enjoy and ..

1. Look at the colour . . Try to look through the wine onto a white background. A sheet of paper is ideal. You can tell a lot about the age of the wine from the colour. White wines will develop more ..
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What is a Fortified Wine and How is it Made?

Port, Sherry, Madeira, Malaga, Tokay, Frontignan and Frontignac are all fortified wines. They also happen to be place names in Europe or names for wines from specific locations there so many of these .
(September 21, 2008)
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A Brief History of Sweet and Sticky Today

No wine style as old and prized as Tokay can get by without a colourful legend. So here's what happened, according to local lore. In the mid 17th century, a noblewoman called Zsuzsanna Lorantfly ..
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What's in a Sherry and How is it Made?

One of the oldest and most wonderful fortified wines made is a Sherry. Sherry comes from a corner of southwest Spain called Andalusia. The grapes are grown in the white, chalky soil characteristic to .
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Alcohol Yeast in Wine - Where Does the Alcohol Come From?

Alcohol is the result of the fermentation process where a micro- organism (yeast) converts sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide gas. Yeast is a living organism that is critical to winemaking. ..
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12 Things You Must Do to Have a Great Winery Tour Weekend

1 - Plan your trip and call ahead You've got your winery map in front of you. So plan a route and be realistic about how long it'll take you to drive from winery to winery. Can you really cover 50km ..
(September 08, 2008)
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