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Great Wine… It Really Is All in Your Head

What is it that makes expensive wine taste better? Is it the lovingly grown grapes, planted in gold-plated vineyards and kissed by the breath of virgins in the glistening dew of morning? Is it the sheer brilliance of the winemaker, an alchemist who possesses an enological Midas touch that turns mere grapes into Chateau Lafite Rothschild? Or is it the…

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New Technology Promises Instant Aging, No Hangover

“Time flies,” as the saying goes. Except when you’re waiting in line at the DMV, on hold with your favorite cable TV provider, and aging wine and spirits. Well, California-based Cavitation Technologies can’t help you with the first two. But giving wine and hard liquor the benefits of years of patient aging in a couple minutes? They think they’re on…

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How to Do a BBQ With Wine Rather than Beer

You’re off to a barbecue, or you’re hosting one, and you’re just not that much of a beer person. There may be a few people coming along with tequila, and you don’t fancy that much either; you’re very much a wine drinker. So, how do you pull this one off? Why beer is so popular at BBQs Beer is seen…

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How to Make Cheap Wine Taste Better

We all love wine, right? Sadly, though, we don’t all have the same budget and we can’t always afford the best – or even the mid-range – so it’s a case of making do with half-decent or even slightly dodgy. This doesn’t have to be a disaster, though, as even the cheaper wines can be improved before you drink it…

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The Science Behind Tastes and Aromas

One of the funnest (ahem) things about wine is being able to say you can taste burnt rubber, mushrooms and nail varnish in them. No, really. We all start off spotting tastes like jam, blackberries and almonds and end up talking about leather, wet dog and old wood. The fruit flavors are easy to explain – after all, wine is…

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Pairing Wine with Cheese

At some point on your road to maturity, you’ll have to hold a wine and cheese evening. It’s not an intuitive thing and getting the pairings right can fill you with anxiety. It’s a good job, then, that there are six easy rules to follow to get it just right. Match the intensity of the cheese and wine This is…

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