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Tips for Smelling Wine

When you smell wine, you're sniffing out its aroma, or flavor. Wine may deliver the aroma of fruits or flowers, tobacco or toast, chocolate or butterscotch. You may detect a hint of herbs, vanilla, mocha [more…]

How to Match Wine with Food

Two principles can help in matching wine with food: the complementary principle and the contrast principle. The complementary principle involves choosing a wine that is similar in some way to the dish [more…]

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How Tannin Affects Red Wine’s Taste

Have you ever taken a sip of a red wine and rapidly experienced a dried-out feeling in your mouth, as if something had blotted up all your saliva? That’s tannin. [more…]

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Distinguishing Champagne and Sparkling Wines

Champagne is a sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France. Sparkling (bubbly) wines are produced in just about every country that makes wine, and they come in a wide range of tastes, quality levels [more…]

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Buying and Serving Champagne and Sparkling Wine

If you’re entertaining with Champagne or sparkling wine, you'll want to know how to best serve bubbly and which foods work well with sparkling wines.

Following is some advice for buying and serving Champagne [more…]

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How to Select a Wine When Dining Out

When you order wine in a restaurant, you usually have few details about the wines listed on the menu. And if you’re new to the wine scene, you may have trouble remembering which wines go well with which [more…]

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A Collection of Images from Buying & Serving Wine In A Day For Dummies

The figures in this gallery are from Buying & Serving Wine In A Day For Dummies and illustrate different concepts related to wine. The images appear in the order that they appear in the book. [more…]

A Collection of Buying & Serving Wine In A Day Images

Sometimes it’s tough to see the details of the images in your e-reader of choice. To get a closer look at the figures included in Buying & Serving Wine [more…]

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Buying Wine with Confidence

Don't get frazzled when you're shopping for wine. Browsing and buying wine should be a fun, positive experience. Remember these helpful hints when you hit the wine shop: [more…]

Quick Guide to Wine Pronunciation

Correctly pronouncing wine names is one way to keep from irritating a wine snob; the following table can help you out. The stressed syllable in each word is italicized; if no syllable is italicized, all [more…]

Useful Terms for Describing Wine

When describing wine, wine merchants, restaurant servers, and your oenophile friends will use specific language to tell you about its characteristics. Knowing these words will help you understand the wine [more…]

Easy Wine Identifier

Most wines you find in shops and restaurants are named in two basic ways: for the variety of the grape or for the place the grapes are grown. This instant guide decodes common wine names and tells you [more…]

Wine For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Selecting a wine you like is easy when you can correctly pronounce wine names, use appropriate terms to describe wine, decode wine names, and approach the selecting process with confidence. [more…]

Pairing Food and Wine 101

Although personal preference is an overriding factor when it comes to enjoying food and wine together, most people can agree on the outcome, positive or negative, of a few basic taste interactions. The [more…]

Considering Versatile White Wines and Bubbly

Serve any of these crisp, dry whites with just about any food, and you can avoid natural taste disasters. These versatile white wines (and Champagne) are also great when the meal includes multiple dishes [more…]

Pairing Food with Versatile Red and Pink Wines

When you’re not sure what wine to serve, look to one of these zesty, not too oaky, low tannin (not overly mouth-puckering) reds or anything similar in style. Remember that the more expensive the wine, [more…]

Dealing with Spice When You Pair Wine and Food

Really spicy foods can ruin the enjoyment of wine (or anything else you drink alongside), but mildly spicy foods can be paired effectively. When your dishes include a lot of spice, follow these tips to [more…]

Serving Wine and Cheese: What Works Well

Far from foolproof, cheese can be tough on wine. And contrary to popular belief, whites often fair better than reds. For your next wine and cheese party, try serving the following combinations for a tasty [more…]

Pairing Food & Wine For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Food and wine pairing isn’t a matter of life or death. But isn’t life a little better with a good taste in your mouth? Starting with wine you like (and food you enjoy, too) is ground zero. All the other [more…]

Ten Wine Myths Debunked

Some common thinking about wine is really common misinformation — common myths that aren't true. The following sections set the record straight about these wine myths. [more…]

Reliable Wine Choices at a Restaurant

With all the thousands of wines in hundreds of styles out there, you can't be expected to remember all the wines and how they pair with food. To make it easier for you, here is a shorter list of a few [more…]

How Alcohol Fits into the Paleo Diet

The Paleo (cave man) diet doesn't forbid alcohol. The key to successfully imbibing alcohol while living Paleo is choosing the right adult beverages and consuming them in a responsible, intentional way. [more…]

The Vocabulary of Distilling Whiskey and Spirits

The distillation process goes through several stages involving different contraptions, containers, and compounds, and each one has its own name. The following terms can come in handy when you're discovering [more…]

A Closer Look at the Alcohol Content of Liquor

By law, the labels on containers of distilled spirits and wine must show either alcohol by volume (ABV) or proof. Here is what those two measurements mean. [more…]

Foods from Which Spirits Are Distilled

The different types of liquors and spirits get their distinctive flavors and aromas from the foods used in the distillation process. Here are some of the foods used to distill common spirits: [more…]

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