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Wine Tasting: Only YOUR tastebuds know for sure

A recent study has revealed what we have often suspected; the most important wine taster is you the wine consumer. “A wine critic may describe the balance between, let’s say, sweetness and acidity, or sourness and astringency, or fruit and wood,” said Gary Pickering, a professor of wine science at Brock University and co-author of … Continue reading Wine Tasting: Only YOUR tastebuds know for sure

Does the wine glass really affect the taste of the wine?

In our mind, this discussion never ends. And while we would agree that having a variety of wine glasses particularly red and wine is a good idea extending it burgundy glasses, cabarnet, shiraz or even a pinot glass – well we aren’t so sure. But it appears that we might be overruled on this question. … Continue reading Does the wine glass really affect the taste of the wine?

To Decant or Not to Decant – That is the question!

We who consume craft wines have a tendency to drink them a little younger than we might ideally like. Even those that have a nice full cellar might be guilty of the same from time to time. Decanting, for the purpose of aeration, can really benefit some wines before consumption. When talking specifically about craft … Continue reading To Decant or Not to Decant – That is the question!

Winemaking In Toronto & Mississauga: Bottle Your Own Wine

Looking to understand taste and balance in wine? Then be sure to read Bill Zacharkiw, the Montreal Gazette’s wine critic who has written a lovely piece about wine and balance. The impetus for the article came one night when Zacharkiw moonlighting as a sommelier, was asked by a wine-loving couple – “whether it was true … Continue reading Winemaking In Toronto & Mississauga: Bottle Your Own Wine

An A-Z Glossary of Wine Type Pronunciation

Picture this… Your host offers you a choice of wines. You really want to try the Amontillado but stick with the Beaujolais because you aren’t sure how to say Ah-mone-tee-Yah-doe. Inter Wine (a UK wine lovers website, that’s just great) to the rescue. They have compiled, THE A-Z guide to pronunciation of wines from around the world. … Continue reading An A-Z Glossary of Wine Type Pronunciation