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Investing in Wine – a Short Guide to Vintage Wines

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Investing in Wine – a Short Guide to Vintage Wines

The wine boom first began in the mid-1980s, when prices for finer beverages began to rise. Today it’s a serious sport for investors. If you have money to spare, vintage wines could be your ticket to an early retirement. To put this into perspective, it was only in October that the most expensive lot of wine ever sold went under the hammer. 114 bottles of Romanée-Conti Burgundy were purchased for an incredible £1,035,000 – that’s around £9,800 a bottle! However, as with every investment, there are risks to encounter, which means...

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What does your wine preference say about you?

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What does your wine preference say about you?

Let’s face it, whether you’re a professional or a university student, life always looks that little bit better with a glass of your favourite wine in your hand. And well, nothing looks more elegant than a glass of white or red – or even rose if you’re feeling particularly fruity. So it’s of no surprise that wine hampers are selling out like hotcakes, especially as it’s thought your wine preference actually reflects your personality; so what does yours say about you? If you love: Cabernet Sauvignon You just love a juicy steak on a Friday...

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Your Cheat Sheet to Wine Tasting

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Your Cheat Sheet to Wine Tasting

Do you want to kick start your exploration of wine? Well, we’ve got you covered! Learning to taste wine is no different to learning to really appreciate music or art in the way that the pleasure you receive is proportionate to the effort you make. In order words, the more you fine tune your sensory abilities the better you’ll understand and enjoy the nuances great wines can express. If your stomach normally sinks when you share a bottle of wine with your wine-expert friend and they start to swirl, sniff, swish, spit and use words like...

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Calories in wine – how much is in your glass?

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Calories in wine – how much is in your glass?

For many of us, there’s nothing better than a nice soothing glass of wine at the end of a hectic day. But would you have that second or third glass if you knew how many calories you were knocking back? Well, new research has actually revealed that the vast majority of us have no idea just how many calories are in our precious vino and unwittingly drink ourselves fatter in the process. The highest calorie wines also tend to have the highest alcohol content which means plenty of other impacts on our bodies and general health. In fact, alcohol...

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10 most expensive wines in the world

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10 most expensive wines in the world

Are you thinking of picking up a bottle of wine for your dinner tonight? Who can blame you! There’s nothing better than a nice glass of red with a thick steak or a glass of crisp white with a bit of monkfish but while most of the time we’ll settle for a medium-grade vintage sometimes it’s worth splashing out and enjoying something at the top end of the scale. While the prices of the wines on this list are, well, astronomical, they are also said to be the very best wines in the world. From the French Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti...

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7 unexpected health benefits of drinking wine

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7 unexpected health benefits of drinking wine

As far as simple pleasures go, there’s little that beats unwinding at the end of a hard day with a glass of wine. While there’s obvious risks from overindulging – those awful hangovers should be enough of a deterrent – could there also be some unexpected health benefits hidden inside that bottle of Malbec? It’s certainly true that wine – particularly red wine – contains a number of antioxidants, such as quercetin and resveratrol, which may play a part in reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. Drinking an abundance of resveratrol-rich...

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10 tips for buying a gift for a wine connoisseur

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10 tips for buying a gift for a wine connoisseur

We all have that one friend who is obsessed with wine. They know just about everything there is to know about each and every bottle out there. From the grape to the fermentation process, they’re down with the lingo and know all the tricks to sniffing out a decent bottle for every meal. Although you appreciate their fine taste in wine, it makes it a nightmare to buy a gift. If you’re not a wine expert yourself, it can be a bit daunting task. We are here to make it easier for you – we compiled a list of ten practical tips that will...

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Champagne vs. Prosecco: What’s the difference?

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Champagne vs. Prosecco: What’s the difference?

Have you often wondered what the difference between champagne and prosecco is – apart from the price tag of course? Or have you been reprimanded by that wine snob at work for referring to prosecco as champagne? In light of this much debated topic, here is your ultimate guide to the differences between both bottles of fizz: Some Facts about Champagne: It is made with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes A standard glass of Brut Champagne has 128 calories Champagne is produced using the costly “Traditional Method” You will pay £25...

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5 mistakes everyone makes when drinking champagne

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5 mistakes everyone makes when drinking champagne

There is nothing better than drinking a lovely cold glass of champagne to celebrate a wedding, engagement, graduation…or just because we fancy treating ourselves. No-one can deny it. We all love a bit of champagne now and again? And who can blame us? It’s a gorgeous drink and as Madame Bollinger once said: “I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch...

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Simple guide to wine and cheese pairing

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Simple guide to wine and cheese pairing

Wine and cheese have gone hand in hand for centuries. However, with the vast number of wines and cheeses available on the market it can be tricky to pair the right couple together. Everyone likes a nibble of cheese with a sip of wine but few realise how difficult it is to ensure they complement each other perfectly. With cheeses varying in colour, texture, fat and flavour and wines differing in acidity, sweetness, body and structure; match-making is complicated to say the least! Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re next shopping...

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Wine of France

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Wine of France

Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Pinot Noir are among the different grape varieties from France. Popularity of French Wines France has several regions which produce French wine. They have the second-largest vineyard area and are the largest wind producer at about eight billion bottles per year. The French Ministry of Agriculture released statistics showing that French adults consumed about a glass of wine per day which made wine consumption down by four liters. The consumption of wine dropped across various social...

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Kids Nutrition: Grapes

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Kids Nutrition: Grapes

When it comes to fruit, one thing is certain: men, women, and children have eaten grapes for thousands of years. Grapes are berries and though they are enjoyed in jellies and jams, grapes were grown as food dating back 6,000 years. There are many varieties of grapes and each is enjoyed for different reasons and benefits. One of the oldest uses of grapes is in wine, but the fruit is delicious eaten straight off the vine. Several popular ways to enjoy grapes are in the form of grape juice and as raisins. The top four countries that grow the...

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Grapes

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Grapes

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Grapes Grapes (Vitis vinifera) are a form of berry and the earliest domesticated fruit crop, which is cultivated for use as table fruits, in juices, jams, jellies, pies and wines or dried to make raisins. Some grapes are seedless, while others have seeds, some of which are edible. Grape vines can also be used as an ornamental part of landscaping, when used as screen plants or on trellises. Grape cultivar, which is the act of cultivating the fruit, may be American, European or French hybrid. Some...

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The Science of Fermentation

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The Science of Fermentation

Fermentation is a chemical process that converts sugar found in fruits or grains to ethyl alcohol and carbon dioxide. Wine, beer, and alcohol all begin with the basic fermentation process that uses a source of sugar in fruit or grains and yeast to begin the chemical process to break down the sugar into the other components. Alcoholic beverages or spirits take the additional step to distill the alcohol released from the fermentation process and removes the excess water from the alcohol until the desired percent (proof) is obtained. Yeast is...

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A Comprehensive Wine Glossary

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A Comprehensive Wine Glossary

Just about everyone enjoys a good glass of wine now and then, but it can sometimes be a little confusing when that one connoisseur in the group starts showing off a little bit. However, there is something to be learned from them. When you start to delve into the world of wine, you’ll find that there is practically an art to choosing, recognizing and tasting wines. Read on to become familiar with some of the terms that are commonly used when discussing wine. Acidic – An excess amount of acid in the wine, giving it a sour flavor. Aftertaste – A...

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The United States Prohibition

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The United States Prohibition

Prohibition is the act of prohibiting something through legal enforcement. The possibility of prohibition opens anytime people come together collectively and lobby against something they deem inappropriate. The fight against cigarettes in today’s society could, for example, wind up in the prohibition of cigarette manufacturing and has already resulted in smoking bans in public places. In most cases, however, it is argued that the act being prohibited is not actually unlawful. Rather, it is an enjoyable act that causes no material crime. As...

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