The Wine Minstrel

Introducing Loved Ones To Wine

Introducing Loved Ones To Wine

There is an old saying about how we get to pick our friends and not our family. We are often reminded of this every summer as join in summer reunions, backyard barbeques, and late fall getaways at the lake. Our families are a constant source of amusement but they are often the people who support [...]

Why Grapes Are Great For Winemaking

Why Grapes Are Great For Winemaking

Wine makers have been making wine from grapes for thousands of years, from as early as 4,000 BC. But why grapes? There are other types of “fruit wines”, made with other fruits, why aren’t they as popular as regular wine? Turning grapes to wine is easy. Grapes really like to be fermented. Or rather yeast [...]

Why do Some Wine Clubs Have Fruit Flavors?

Why do Some Wine Clubs Have Fruit Flavors?

Wine clubs offer so many styles of wine that sometimes it’s hard to count them. One style liked by both novice and veteran wine connoisseurs specializes in other fruit flavors that are decidedly not grape. These wines can taste and smell like citrus, apples, or even blue berries. They can be white or red, specializing [...]

What are Rosé wines, Sulphites and Tannins?

What are Rosé wines, Sulphites and Tannins?

In the world of food and drink, there are few processes as finely tuned and precise as the art of winemaking. Wine has been a popular beverage for centuries due to its sweet flavor and relaxing qualities. Over the years, wine production has changed to yield dozens of varieties of wine, from a deep, dry [...]

The Differences Between “Estate Produced” and Other Wine Clubs

The Differences Between “Estate Produced” and Other Wine Clubs

Reading the label is important for understanding the exact ingredients and methods used to produce specific bottles of wine that might come up in wine clubs. However, connoisseurs must learn to sort through marketing language to find the phrases containing actual information of use for their purposes. Not all language on labels is regulated, meaning [...]