Wine, on a very basic level, is made from fermented fruit. While people mostly associate wine with grapes, wine can be made from a wide array of fruits.
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If you're a novice wine drinker who enjoys their wine now and then, loves the idea of being adventurous and ordering exotic wines when dining out, but lacks the wine geek know-how, this is a post dedicated entirely to you.
What is it about wine that drives people to spend unthinkable amounts of money?
Port, Sherry, Madeira, Banyuls and Marsala all hover in that all-inclusive dessert category of wine that most casual wine drinkers don't take the time to ponder.
This second edition in the Wine Etiquette FAQ series is all about the rules of the game when sipping vino at wine tasting events.
Wine etiquette has changed drastically over the years, just as the profile of drinkers has changed. Gone are the days of stuffy sommeliers wielding crystal stemware in suits and ties.
Red wine, it seems, has stolen all the thunder from its poor white counterpart. You never hear people raving about how they can't wait to pop open a big, brawny bottle of sauvignon blanc.
People tend to stash expensive bottles of Bordeaux in their cellars to age but would never think to do the same with a $13 bottle of New Zealand sauvignon blanc. Ever wonder why?
By Etty Lewensztain, Wine Expert for Menuism.com
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