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Wine Tasting 101

Wine Tasting 101

The fine art of wine tasting has been around almost as long as people have been making wine.  After all, why make wine if you’re not going to taste it!  The articles below begin with our most recent on the subject and then continue on with the basics of how to taste wine, wine tasting terminology, types of wine, and wine tasting kits.  Lots to learn while enjoying this wonderful pastime.


 

Most Popular Articles
10 Red Wines under $10
Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
Did you know that the average price paid for a bottle of wine in the United States is $6.30?  With the recent arsenic scare naming budget wine producers, m . . . keep reading

New Year - New Wine Resolution!
Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
Sweating away at the local YMCA, and trying not to be annoyed by the massive influx of post New Year's exercise wanabees, I couldn't help but wonder what would happen to the wine industry if people put as much emphasis on trying a new or different wine in the new year as they do on getting healthy. Most likely the outcome would be the same. As the attendant scanning membership cards summed it up, "just wait four or five weeks, they'll all be gone". . . . keep reading

Wine Drinkers Demographics - Do you fit in?
Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
Ever wonder how your wine drinking habits fit in with the “norm” whatever that is?  Here are a couple observations that might indicate if you a . . . keep reading


Educational Articles

10 Red Wines under $10
Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
Did you know that the average price paid for a bottle of wine in the United States is $6.30?  With the recent arsenic scare naming budget wine producers, m . . . keep reading
New Year - New Wine Resolution!
Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
Sweating away at the local YMCA, and trying not to be annoyed by the massive influx of post New Year's exercise wanabees, I couldn't help but wonder what would happen to the wine industry if people put as much emphasis on trying a new or different wine in the new year as they do on getting healthy. Most likely the outcome would be the same. As the attendant scanning membership cards summed it up, "just wait four or five weeks, they'll all be gone". . . . keep reading
Sparkler tips for the holidays
Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
When I first joined the ranks of the Total Wine team several years ago, I was confused when fellow wine team members began to refer to "sparklers". Showing signs of my misspent youth, I immediately thought small, hand held pyrotechnic devices had been added to the accessories aisle. . . . keep reading
Wine Drinkers Demographics - Do you fit in?
Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
Ever wonder how your wine drinking habits fit in with the “norm” whatever that is?  Here are a couple observations that might indicate if you a . . . keep reading
Wines without Power
July 9, 2014 Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
Well despite the title, this article is probably not what you think.  For the last five days, yours truly, has been roughing it in the wilds of Nova Scotia . . . keep reading
Ice in your wine- Really?
Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
Ice in your wine- Really? When I started CorkQuiz.com several years ago I pledged to focus on wine education for the aspiring wine enthusiast, and made a promise to myself to never be pompous or judgmental about anyone's wine drinking habits or level of wine knowledge. For two years I have been true to this pledge, and frankly it's easy. Sharing knowledge and learning from others about any aspect of wine is a passion for me, and a source of seemingly perpetual enjoyment. But today, I just can't help myself, just this once I'm going to sound a little opinionated, and the subject is putting ice cubes in wine. . . . keep reading
7 Tips to help you learn about wine
May 7, 2014 Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
The task of learning about wine seems daunting, and why shouldn't it? There are over a quarter of a million different wines produced each year from thousands of producers and dozens of countries. Complex distribution systems, State regulations and import rules make wine availability dramatically different from State to State, and even from one wine shop to another. But before you throw in the towel and just go with one wine you like, here are some tips that can help you work within all the complexity while adding to your wine knowledge. . . . keep reading
Can you taste the price of wine?
April 10, 2014 Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
This past weekend I hosted a wine tasting party with neighborhood friends. Using the Prince and the Pauper theme, I was not disappointed about the range of likes and dislikes that wine consumers exhibit as they swirl, sniff, swish, spit and or swallow. . . . keep reading
The 7 types of Wine Shoppers
March 27, 2014 Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
Spending time at one of the largest wine stores in the United States, and being retired from the world of people management, it was only logical that I developed a sort of Myers-Briggs for wine shoppers. While in no way supported by actual scientific data, I do find that consumers fall into one of seven categories, and I derive a perverse sense of fun trying to correctly categorize them at a distance of 20 paces. So with a bit of tongue and cheek, and at the risk of sounding snobbish (not intended) here are my seven most common types of wine shoppers. . . . keep reading
Wine Tasting - Go Horizontal!
In my interactions with consumers I often hear comments like "all wine tastes the same to me", or "I can't taste any difference, so I just buy the cheap stuff". Well, there might be some truth to these observations, but the fact of the matter is, anyone with a sense of smell can learn to differentiate between wines. If you can tell the difference between the smell of asparagus and butterscotch you're good to go with wine tasting. And, I suggest go horizontal. . . . keep reading
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