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How do we pick our wines?

A club member asked me recently how we pick the wines that go into our clubs. Before I answered her, I checked some of our numbers. Since 1999, the year we started Cellars Wine Club, I have kept track of every wine featured. I added those up and the total came to over 2800 wines! Quite an impressive number until I estimated how many wines I have tried that didn’t make it into the club: over 15,000. Read More...

The Art of Decanting Wine

This could be a new term to some of you that are beginning to enjoy wine. Decanting a bottle of wine is in essence pouring the opened bottle into a vase like vessel made of glass. Traditionally this practice is only done with red wines and not practiced when serving white wine. In the “old days” you would decant a bottle of wine to help settle the sediment, which can form in an older bottle of wine. The main reason Read More...

The Art of Coopering

Oak maturing is an artform. The barrels a winemaker picks have a checked impact on how the wine will taste, giving flavors that extend from sweet to somber, says Margaret Rand. Cooperage Each wine has a back-story. We're used to following a wine's history back to the unbroken grape, then contracting and greening the grape on the vine to a hard bit, and after that viewing the blooming. Is it true that it is early? Late? Homogenous? It's the way we Read More...

How do you taste wine?

So, how do you taste and evaluate a glass of wine? Follow our wine tasting tips below—but before you start, make sure you’re in the right tasting environment. Tasting Conditions First, make note of the environment surrounding your wine tasting experience that might affect your impressions of the wine: A noisy and crowded room makes concentration difficult. Cooking smells, perfume and other odors can hurt your ability to get a true sense of a wine’s character. The drinking vessel is important Read More...