Do Wine Legs Indicate Quality?

Prestige Cuvée Champagnes ~ Part 1 – Lighter-Bodied, Elegant Prestige Cuvées

We all know the evenings when, just after a nice bottle of wine has been opened and poured, we look at each other and say: great legs! But what do these wine legs really say about the wine? Can we read something from those streaks formed on the inside of the glass when it comes…

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Can Wine Have ‘Body’?

Wine tasters use a large arsenal of terms to express what they taste. One of those that are used with pleasure is the term ‘body’. But what is wine with body? Technically body means ‘having a physical structure’. So if we ask ‘Can wine have body?’, the answer will definitely be: of course, it has,…

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Does ‘Simple Wine’ Exist?

how to make english sparkling wine

As winter approaches, the weather becomes colder and the days grow shorter. Changes like these ensure that we spend a little more time behind the fireplace and philosophize about what life has to offer us. And sometimes these reflections (in my case) inevitably revolve around wine, especially when you’re gazing into the open fire with…

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Does Champagne Sparkle?

Where do Champagne bubbles come from

It looks almost a too simple question, an open door: Does Champagne sparkle? But if we look at it more deeply we might come to surprising insights. Going back to the word ‘sparkle’ we can retrace it to the Old English 16th century word ‘spearca’ which meant ‘throw off glowing or fiery particles’. This concept…

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Does Wine Have A Soul?

When we drink a good glass of wine it often brings us thoughts, memories and emotional feelings. So what is it related to the wine which creates this? Thinking about this phenomenon, that we are touched by wine, raised the question: Does wine has a soul? Drinking wine is the feast of reason and the…

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Is Natural Wine A Better Wine?

If we say natural, we normally mean: created by or in nature without human intervention. Now that makes it a difficult concept for wine, because making wine from grapes inevitably requires human action, like harvesting and processing. So we need to find a more useful description, such as: ‘nothing added nor removed’. So there might…

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Is Wine An Expression Of Art?

Pretending to be a vinosopher automatically makes you vulnerable to people who come up with the most creative questions imaginable. Sometimes these are indeed complex issues and thinking about them inexorably leads to drinking more wine because they are, well, important and hard (at least for the one who’s asking). One of those questions asked…

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Do We All Experience The Same Taste When Drinking Wine?

Who doesn't love a glass of rosé fizz

For most of us drinking wine is a pleasant experience when we taste the various characteristics of it. Sometimes it’s fruity, sometimes it has flowery aromas or even chocolate, mushrooms and vanilla. At the same time it can also challenge our tactile perception, as it can be tannic, sour or very sweet, causing our mouth…

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