WTF is Terroir?

After mentioning terroir a bit in Monday’s winery review, I thought it deserved a post all for itself. Also, in case you’re like me, avoid pronouncing it “terror.” Because it’s French and therefore fancy, the…

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WTF Are Tannins?

Ahh… tannins.  How often have you heard, “this wine is quite tannic” from someone trying to show off? The fact is, tannins naturally occur in wine.  They’re found in the skins and seeds of grapes. …

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WTF is the deal with Wine Clubs?

Have you ever been to a winery and seen the exclusive signs advertising “Club Members Only”? Maybe you’ve noticed special notes on tasting sheets dedicated to “Reduced Prices for Club Members”. Perhaps you’re already in…

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WTF is Oak?

Ahhh… the oak barrel. While not a requirement of wine making, it’s definitely an image that’s become synonymous with it. Back in the day, (and by “in the day,” I mean the 1600’s) wine was…

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WTF is Champagne?

Champagne, aka that sparkling wine you love from that region in France, is actually incredibly technical. The technique is also steeped in hundreds of years of tradition, to the point where champagne cellars were actually…

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