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What is wine?

In one sentence, wine, regardless of colour, is a beverage made with the fermented juices of grapes.

Technically speaking, a fermented beverage can be made with any type of fruit, apples, grapes, plums etc. but to make ‘wine’ the fruit used must be grapes, and further, wine grapes… not table grapes.

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Is Rose a red or a white wine? - Rose winesRose wine is basically the middle ground between hearty reds and the lighter whites. It is usually served chilled but not to the extent of a full white and in particular, very dry whites.

Rose wines are not always light pink in color but usually are, hence the name. Also, Rose wines lack the robust tannic structure of red wines but it makes up for this with lovely aromas and crisp tastes.

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Is Vintage wine really the best?

Vintage wines at it comes to wine, vintage is ‘supposed’ to be the best… and with a very few exceptions, it usually is. A wine’s vintage simply tells you which year the grapes that were used to make it were picked.

Most wines come from a single vintage, and the label on the bottle shows the year in which the wine was made.

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How to taste wine

Wine tasting at tasting wine, and getting paid for it!  Many people do this for a living and when suitably experienced, anyone can!

In this post, I will tell you how to taste and evaluate a wine which will get you started in your wine tasting years to come.  People have been tasting wine for thousands of years and have been making money from it for over 100 years. So what do they know that you don’t?

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What is Cab? - What is the wine Cab?Firstly, there is no such wine as Cab.  What ‘Cab’ refers to is Carbernet, and in particular; Cabernet Sauvignon, which is one of the world’s most widely recognised red wine grape varieties.

It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country and is known for its full bodied, rich taste.

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Does wine taste better when it’s been decanted?

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Decanting wines… Good question!  Generally speaking, you should not decant wine into a decanter. At least not initially.

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