Judging Your Wine: Getting Better with Age

wine better with ageIf you like even love the taste of wine but you seem not to make a head or tail about it by simply smelling its aroma, that’s understandable.

Untangling the subtle filaments interlaced into multifaceted aromas of wine takes time and experience. This means you’ll learn more as you taste more.

It is not very different from appreciating art or music; pleasure is proportional to the work you make. Appreciating wine and understanding its nuances has a lot to do with the ability to use your senses – smell, taste and sight. When that time comes, all your hard effort will be rewarded.

There is nothing wrong about having favorites and preferences, but it is also important not to limit yourself especially because there is a world of wine out there for your discovery. Initially, however, you have to set aside wine prejudices. Start with a clean slate. [Read more…]

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Champagne: The Ultimate Wine for Dessert

Champagne The Wine DessertThrough centuries, champagne has inspired praises from connoisseurs, and to this day, it is a special treat when a meal is crowned with this clear, effervescent creation. There is a reason why champagne is considered the ideal wine for dessert. Epicurious, a website devoted to food and wine, gives the perfect reason for this. Chris Hallowell in this post “Champagnes and Sparkling Wines Perfect for any Celebration” shares this:

“…Consider these factors: Most bottles are blended from different vintage wines, resulting in a cuvée that’s greater than the sum of its parts; they tend to showcase minerality, a characteristic that adds depth to fruity, savory, meaty, and gamy flavors; and these wines possess an unparalleled acidity that cuts through rich, fatty dishes and surmounts even high-acid ingredients such as tomatoes or vinegars.”

Dessert and Wine Pairings [Read more…]

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Improving Your Wines with Good Storage and Care

proper wine storageCertain wines can cost you a small fortune. One practical thing you would want to learn before you buy and store more than you can consume is proper storage. The first lesson to learn is to appreciate the fact that wine can be finicky. You have to store it just the way it wants, “not too hot or cold, and not too old or shaken.”

You may have heard for the nth time that “Fine wine improves with age.” That is exactly what you may want to do: buy and store them so you’ll have a stock of fine wine in time. The second lesson to learn is that most wines you can buy now are ready for consumption and are not meant for storage for more than 2 years upon purchase. If you want to save your precious wine, don’t store them too long or you’ll be dumping supposedly wonderful bottles of aged wine.

There are other lessons to learn to keep your wine in its best state. Lean the most salient lessons from Storing And Caring For Wine posted in the Wine Lover’s Guide – Articles Section. [Read more…]

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Combining Food And Wine For the Holiday Season

Food and Wine Combinations For Seasonal Feasts

Each year as the festive season approaches, people start preparing for the traditions.There are traditions that stay. For those with more adventurous spirits, the holiday season is a time to splurge and is the best time to try new things.

Wine is generally a part of this tradition, but one may wish for a little change in the kind or brand of wine they may have this year.

If you are lost in the vast choice of brands of wine out there, you may want a little tip or suggestion  from some wine connoisseurs. [Read more…]

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Understanding Wine Labels


Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Wine Labels

by Leo Parker 

wine for beginnersWine can be quite a daunting purchase so far as the consumer is concerned as not only is there such a vast array of wines to choose from – be it French white wine, Spanish red wine or anything in between – the wine labels on the bottles themselves can be quite confusing for those not familiar with the world of wine.

Well, fear not – you’re problems may just be solved by our beginner’s guide to wine labels which will hopefully make your next trip to your local wine merchants much less fraught with trepidation. Wine is something that is there to be enjoyed by all and you needn’t feel like an outsider looking in just because of a few seemingly nonsensical wine labels on that bottle of wine…

…so, let’s get started with our beginner’s guide to understanding wine labels which will reveal the main things that you are likely to see on wine labels and which often lead to confusion amongst consumers: [Read more…]

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South Pacific Food And Wine Festival – Denerau Fiji

South Pacific Food And Wine Festival

South Pacific Food And Wine FestivalFiji will soon host for the first time the South Pacific Food and Wine Festival on the island of Denarau. This 3 day event will run from the 14th to the 17th of March this year.

Fiji’s Denerau Island is located on the western side of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, and only about 20 minutes from Fiji’s international Nadi airport.

Festival Guest Facilities

The island contains many five star international hotels including Radisson, Westin, Hilton and Sofitel. Among the facilites that are available for guests on Denarau Island are:

  • a shuttle service that transfers guests between Denerau Island and the main island
  • a wide range of swimming options, including pools and sea swimming
  • many eating places that range from cafes to full silver service restaurants, many offering specialty cuisines
  • a world class 18 hole championship golf course and racquet club
  • entertainment facilities for children that include a range of pools as well as playground areas
  • many fitness centres and gymnasiums
  • spa and massage facilities
  • a unique shopping plaza
  • and of course, the Port Denarau marina, where it’s possible to pick up cruises and sailing charters

The organizers tell us that the festival will offer visitors a unique opportunity to learn some special tricks as they see a number of this region’s and indeed the world’s best chefs creating modern interpretations on South Pacific ingredients and cuisine.

In addition the Festival will allow some 200 local Tourism Industry professionals the chance to discover more about the secrets of keeping up with some of the latest trends in international food and wine.

Festival highlights include:

  • an escorted tour of the Suva produce market
  • a sensational lunch with Robert Oliver, the Festival ambassador.
  • degustation dinners hosted by celebrity chefs
  • daily Master Classes and cooking demonstrations.
  • the opportunity to sample the produce from boutique wineries and gourmet food producers
  • the festival launch party, daily happy hour and evening entertainment.
  • Kids Cooking Workshops.
  • as well as celebrity presentations

Visit for more information about this inaugural festival.

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What do you call it when you share a meal with your friends?

This turns out to be a significant issue nowadays.

Once upon a time, the term “dinner party” was used to describe almost any type of occasion where a group of people gathered together to share companionship, conversation, good food and wine.

However, in many places nowadays a “dinner party” is thought to be a much more formal affair, where everybody is likely to dress up in semi-formal or formal clothes, and the atmosphere is less casual than usual. [Read more…]

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