Category Archives for Wine Making

Liqueur Cocktails

Silver Streak Metric 1 measure Kummel 1 measure gin ice Imperial 1 measure Kummel 1 measure gin ice Shake together the Kummel, gin and ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Grasshopper Metric ½ measure Crème de Menthe ½ measure white … Continue reading

08. October 2013 by admin
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Wines from the Rhone Region

RHONE The impressive river Rhone links two very distinct wine regions: the northern Rhone with its statuesque Hermitage and rarefied whites, and the much more extensive southern Rhone, the source of robust Chateauneuf-du-Pape and so much good-value Cotes-du-Rhone. Those who … Continue reading

13. July 2013 by admin
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Principal Grape Varieties: Red and White

WHITE Chardonnay Smoky dry, fairly full-bodied wines that last and mature well. Classic for white Burgundy such as Chablis, Montrachet and Macon but also grown extensively in California and increasingly in all fine wine regions. Riesling The other great white … Continue reading

07. July 2013 by admin
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Fortified Wines

FORTIFIED WINES There is an enormous range of drinks that are made by ‘fortifying’ wine with alcohol, added either after fermentation to the dry wine or during fermentation to the must while it is still sweet. Some of these are … Continue reading

06. July 2013 by admin
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Wine Barrels for Intense Flavoured Red Wines

BARRELS OF OAK Everyday reds will probably be bottled, like most whites, just a few months after the vintage to preserve their fresh fruity flavour, but more intense reds are left to pick up extra elements of flavour and tannins … Continue reading

06. July 2013 by admin
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How to Make Rose and Red Wines

MAKING RED AND ROSE WINES In contrast to white, red wine needs one important ingredient – colouring matter. As anyone who has peeled a black grape knows, grape pulp is the same grey-green colour whatever the colour of a grape’s … Continue reading

05. July 2013 by admin
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How to Read a Wine Label

HOW TO READ A LABEL The most important thing to identify on a wine label is the wine’s ranking on the ladder of quality. Wines from outside the EEC have a less carefully defined system but the most basic level … Continue reading

05. July 2013 by admin
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How Wine is Made: A Year in the Vineyard

A YEAR IN THE VINEYARD The fascinating variety of wine made from grapes (compared to wine made from other fruits) is due to the extraordinary nature of the vine. In terms of a wine’s alcohol level, perhaps the most important … Continue reading

05. July 2013 by admin
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The Right Temperature for Wines: FAQs

TEMPERATURE Q. What is the right temperature for white wines? A. The warmer a food or drink, the more vapour is released and the more messages it can send to the brain. The fuller bodied a wine, the more difficult … Continue reading

04. July 2013 by admin
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How to Serve Wine: FAQs

SERVING WINE Q. Is it unhealthy to drink lots of different sorts of wines at one ‘sitting’? A. No. Although mixing grape and grain (e.g. wine or cognac with beer or whisky) is supposed to be particularly taxing to the … Continue reading

04. July 2013 by admin
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