To most, enjoying a glass of wine is a casual pursuit of pleasure. But to others it's a far more ceremonious occasion. Such oenophiles will need to summon their knowledge about wine or risk tasting the Ultimate Wine Lover's Quiz's grapes of wrath.
The 1787 bottle of Chateau Lafitte, auctioned at Christie's in London, brought in a hefty price thanks to initials on the bottom, which allegedly belonged to Thomas Jefferson.
Including a glass of red wine with dinner could be a smart move for your health regimen. Research indicates that red wine -- in moderation, of course -- may lower one's risk of heart disease.
Wine cellars are categorized as either active or passive. Passive wine cellars are build underground for natural temperature control, and active ones have electrically controlled temperature settings.
Tastevins allow sommeliers to test wine for color and clarity. Some sources date the use of these wine accessories as far back as 300 B.C.
Only red wines need decanting because they're allowed to age longer in bottles before being served.
The study, published in the journal Nature, seemed like a ringing endorsement for a daily dose of red wine -- except that a single dose would amount to about 1,000 bottles of wine.
Room temperature will probably be too warm for wine. Instead, try to keep it in a cooler environment, between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 15.5 degrees Celsius).
Rich foods call for full-bodied wines that have a well-rounded flavor and texture that linger in the mouth. Both reds and whites offer full-bodied varietals.
It's perfectly fine to ask for a second pour (but probably not a third or a fourth) and to spit out and pour out unwanted wine (in the appropriate receptacles). Offering unsolicited opinions about the petite syrah or shiraz and so on is quite uncouth, however.
Though it may seem polite to sip the wine at first, experts recommend a moderate gulp for the full flavor experience.