What’s a Prosecco? Italian Sparkling Wine vs. French Champagne

A new word for the New Year, just don’t call it cheap Champagne. But, whether you know what Prosecco is or not, chances are very good you’ll have some New Year’s Eve. Prosecco is generally a dry Italian sparkling wine made from the grape variety Glera which is grown in the Veneto region of Italy. […]

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Top Five Wine Gifts for 2010

1) The Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator: Tired of decanting wine and waiting for an hour for your wine to be just right? Well, the Vinturi Wine Aerator is quickly supplanting the old decanter and wine funnel routine. Not only does it take less time to “open up” your wines, now you can decant as needed […]

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A Slightly Sweet Thanksgiving: Madeira and Lambrusco Wine

A bottle of Madeira was probably poured at some of the earliest Thanksgiving celebrations. Madeira is produced on a beautiful volcanic island of the same name which is 360 miles west of Morocco and 700 miles south of Portugal, which governs it. The history of Madeira’s wine is nearly as old as that of the […]

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Empress Josephine’s Wine Cellar

Bordeaux wine lovers may credit the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris and Emperor Napoleon III’s “Official Classification” with putting Bordeaux wine on the map. But, it turns out that his grandmother the Empress Josephine, first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte may have ignited French passion for the wine. Prior to Josephine raising the status of Bordeaux […]

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