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Describing Champagne

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Champagne Blend


The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.

There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not rep...

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Wine Ratings- Explanation

Our goal is to help you choose the wines that are best for you. After all, you are the most important judge of the wine you drink. We know that the wine selection is vast and choosing a wine can be overwhelming, so to give you a balance of information, we display wine ratings from eight different publications: Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wines & Spirits, and Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate. Kona Wine Market is not sponsored by, affiliated or associated with any of these publications or th...

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How to Open an Aged Bottle of Wine

Well before we talk about drinking old wine allow me to suggest a few things. With wine this old several steps are in order to increase the odds of having a good experience with the wine.

1. - Stand it up for several days before uncorking it.

2. - keep the wine cool, say 60F

3. - Assume the cork will desintegrate. Use an ah-so to remove the cork but add the extra protection of using the screw from a scewpull to secure the cork. Our friend illustrates the technique here http://www.youtube.com/watch...

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Weaving Grape Vines Into Wreaths


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Deciphering German wine labels

Learning About German Wine: Getting All the Details

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Many people who are just getting into wine find that a bit of sweetness makes wine both more pleasurable, as well as easier to drink. Finding sweet wines, and being able to determine the sweetness level from the label can be a challenge. One of the best places to start can be with German wines, whose detailed labels offer you all the information you need. On the other hand all that information can also be very intimidating. It’s time to ma...

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