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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
Food and Wine Pairing - No Magic
Food and Wine Pairing - No Magic Scour the web and you can find hundreds of articles about pairing various types of food with their perfect mate from the wine world. The reality is that while there are a lot of guidelines based on science, it all comes down to personal preference. It's no different than the food world. My brother used to eat peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches, I had an aunt that would always have cucumbers with vanilla ice cream, and who hasn't heard of such common food pairings as apple pie and cheddar cheese, pretzels and ice cream, and pizza and ranch dressing? . . . 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
Under the Sorting Hat
Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
This past weekend I had the opportunity to both expand my wine experience as well as have a lot of fun meeting new people.  The venue . . . keep reading
Tasmania - Land of Wonder and Wine
Having travelled to Australia's beautiful island state some years ago I was pleasantly surprised when I recently read an article about Tasmania's burgeoning wine industry. Tasmania, for those who need . . . keep reading
Vouvray - Tradition makes perfection
Vouvray - Tradition makes perfection Last week we spent several days touring vineyards in the Appellation Origine Controlee (AOC) of Vouvray, Touraine's largest white wine region. Here, Chenin Blanc is the grape of choice, in fact there is no choice. This is because in Vouvray, like so many AOCs in France, the practice of growing grapes and making wine is more tightly controlled than perhaps anywhere else in the world. . . . keep reading
5 Tips to enjoying the French Countryside
September 6, 2014 Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
Having returned from a week in the Loire Valley I thought I would take this opportunity to share a few tips should you find yourself traveling to the area. They are half serious, and half tongue in cheek -- please no disparaging comments from Francophiles - we loved the Loire Valley and are already planning a month long return visit. . . . keep reading
Off to the Loire!
Brian Gurnham Chief Cork Officer
Next week I have the pleasure of beginning an eight day family tour of France's Loire Valley. Always eager to expand my wine experiences, I thought it only appropriate to research the area prior to our arrival -- both to sound a bit more knowledgeable, but more importantly, to try and ensure that we see and visit the best the region has to offer during eight short days. So without further ado, here's a brief summary of the Loire Valley. Follow us on Facebook for photos and updates as I report from the "Garden of France". . . . keep reading
Muller Thurgau - The Elusive Family Tree (or Vine)
July 31, 2014
Even Ancestry.com would be challenged by this German born white grape. Its birth in 1882 at the Geisenheim Institute in Germany is well documented, but this child was brought into the viticultural world with no parents listed on its birth certificate. . . . 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
Albarino - Summer fun
As the meteorological start to summer in the northern hemisphere fast approaches, what better time to add a light, bright and refreshing white to your quiver of wine arrows. Albarino is a prolific, disease resistant white grape grown extensively in the Galicia region of Spain and the Vinho Verde region of Portugal to the south. Like so many grape varieties, Albarino is thought to have made its trek west from Eastern Europe, more specifically Germany in the twelfth century. . . . keep reading
Pecorino - Cheese or Wine?
May 19, 2014
Well the short answer is yes, however, if you Google Pecorino it is clear that this Italian name is best known as a family of hard Italian cheeses made from ewe's milk. In fact Pecorino is from the Italian Pecora for sheep. You will have to navigate your Google result list to well down on page two, after restaurants of the same name and countless recipes using the cheese, before you can locate the first reference to a little known indigenous Italian white grape. Yes, Pecorino is indeed both a cheese and a white wine grape. . . . 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
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