Gold Medal Wine Club Blog

National Pinot Noir Day!

8/18/2016

Yet another reason to open a great bottle of Pinot ...


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During a wine-tasting why should dry wines always be tasted before sweet wines?

8/16/2016

The sequence in which we taste often modifies our perceptions due to adaptations to the earlier ...


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What are the significant differences between French Oak and American Oak barrels?

8/14/2016

Both American oak and French oak contribute aromas, flavors and tannins to a wine, but the results are quite different. French oak is ...


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What is 'umami'?

8/12/2016

Umami is the Japanese term for the “fifth sense” and, while there isn’t a precise English translation, it is often referred to as ...


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What does a wine's finish refer to?

8/10/2016

A wine’s finish refers to the impression that a wine leaves after it’s been tasted. A long finish is often seen as a sign of ...


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What makes grapes uniquely suited to making wine?

8/8/2016

Grapes are unique in that they have the balance of sugar, acidity and tannins to make wine so complex. Other fruits can be too ...


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What does it mean if the wine label says "Estate Bottled"?

8/6/2016

When you see “Estate Bottled” on a bottle of wine, you can expect a bit more from it. Originally, “Estate Bottled” meant the producer ...


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Can you over-aerate wine?

8/4/2016

Yes! Wine is stored in sealed bottles for a reason - to protect it from oxygen. If it’s exposed to too much air, the wine will taste old and nutty, without much personality. Eventually, it will even ...


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Can a wine be fruity and sweet? Fruity and dry? Sweet and Dry?

8/1/2016

The answers are yes, yes, and no. Fruitiness is a flavor idea: the wine’s flavor and aroma are more reminiscent of ...


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What is an AVA?

7/30/2016

An AVA is an American Viticultural Area - a designated wine grape growing region in the United States that is distinguishable by its geography. AVAs range in ...


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How does a grape farmer or winemaker know when it's the ideal time to begin harvest?

7/28/2016

he decision to harvest wine grapes is typically made on the basis of sugar and acid concentrations in the grapes. The sugar should be ...


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What is the requirement when naming a wine's appellation on a wine label?

7/26/2016

To name a wine’s appellation on the label, such as ‘Napa Valley’ or ‘Sonoma Coast,’ at least 85% of the grapes ...


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