Frizzante and Spumante Prosecco: What To Know
The two wine words most associated with Italian sparkling wine are Frizzante and Spumante. Frizzante and spumante are both sparkling wines, but they differ in terms of effervescence, or the amount and strength of the bubbles. Wines labelled ‘frizzante’ are only lightly sparkling, whereas wines labeled ‘spumante’ have more fizz. EU regulations state: At 20˚C,…
Champagne: What To Know
Champagne, the most celebratory of bubbly beverages, is appropriate for a wedding toast, a baby’s birth, or a ship’s christening. Champagne gets its distinct yeasty, nutty aromas from a years-long fermentation and ageing process that results in a sparkling wine of unparalleled complexity. What Is Champagne? Champagne is a sparkling wine that is white or…
Tannins in Wine: What To Know
If you’re new to the wine world, you may be unfamiliar with one of the most commonly used terms: tannins. Tannins are essential components of what makes wine special and distinct—what makes wine taste like wine—and understanding and appreciating wine requires knowledge of them. Tannins are one of the least understood and most difficult aspects…
Rosé Wine: What To Know
Rosé has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, thanks to its trendy millennial pink hue and recent rebranding as a day drinking staple. Despite the fact that this pink wine has become the go-to summertime drink for social media influencers, it is one of the oldest types of wines ever made. What Is…
Rioja: What to Know
The name Rioja refers to the region in northern Spain where these wines are produced. Although red, white and rosé wines are made here, the region is best known for its full-bodied red wines.
Fortified Wines: What To Know
Even while vermouth and sherry, two fortified wines, are receiving more attention these days, there is still some misconception about what they exactly are. What are sherry and vermouth? What on earth is a fortified wine, anyway? One explanation for this lack of awareness could be a persistent association with subpar goods, like cheap, extremely…
Pinot Grigio: What To Know
Pinot grigio is one of the most divisive grapes in the world of wine. Its devotees are die-hard enthusiasts, many of whom eschew other varieties altogether, but its detractors are vocal. How can popular opinion be so split on one of the best-selling wines on the planet?
Syrah: What to Know
What is meaty and fruit-driven and pairs perfectly with robust winter fare and grilled summer favourites alike? The answer: syrah. Beloved for its signature dark fruit flavours, high acid and prominent tannins, this hardy grape variety is responsible for producing some of the most delicious wines on earth. Whether vinified varietally or tossed into a…
Verdejo: What to Know
Fans of refreshing white wines generally consider sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio to be the obvious choices. However, in the realm of thirst-quenching whites, there are a plethora of interesting varieties to discover. Enter verdejo, central Spain’s claim to zesty white-wine fame. This is what to know about the grape, plus five delicious bottles to try.
Chablis: What To Know
Think you’re not a fan of chardonnay? Think again. If you love crisp, refreshing white wines with ample amounts of lip-puckering acidity, then chardonnay from Chablis is just the wine for you. The area produces some of the most complex, site-specific, and undeniably thirst-quenching bottles of white wine on the planet. And if seafood, oysters, or…