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5 Ways To Drink Alone and Have Fun!

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5 Ways To Drink Alone and Have Fun!

Drinking with friends is always amazing, there’s banter, lively conversation and you get to catch up with your buddies. But what happens when you’re home alone on a Sunday afternoon, with nothing to do? We have an awesome suggestion. You can order a bottle of red wine, white wine, scotch or gin. Whatever tickles your fancy really. We could even bring some ice along for you if you would like. Here are 8 ways to drink alone and have fun!

1. Music!

Make a playlist of amazing songs and put yourself in a great mood and lift your spirits while you relax and sip your drink. Music is the best therapy, and it would definitely turn your boring afternoon around.

2. Recipes.

What better day to try out that exciting cocktail that you’ve been meaning to experiment with? The best part is, you’re drinking alone so you have full liberty to try out whatever you want to.You can also have some snacks while you’re at it!

3. Take a relaxing soak in the tub

You’ve probably had a long week, so why not take your alone drinking party to the bathtub and have a nice long soak while you sip on that glass of whatever it is you love to drink?

4. Manicure/ Pedicure

We do not recommend that you do any heavy self-grooming, but a little Mani/Pedi won’t hurt. Cut those toenails, paint those fingernails and just have a good time taking care of yourself.

5. Catch up on your favourite show

Real life can stop us from doing so many things. So a fun thing to do would be to catch up on the latest episodes of your favourite tv series, a movie you’ve been meaning to watch or a podcast.

Have any other ideas on ways to have fun drinking alone? Tell us in the comments section!

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5 Chardonnay Facts You Should Know

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5 Chardonnay Facts You Should Know

Chardonnay, is a wine that many people feel differently towards. It is the most popular grape variety in the United states, and the most widely planted white wine grape across the world. Whether oaked or unoaked, chardonnay remains a classic white wine.However you feel towards Chardonnay,  there’s still a lot many of us don’t know about it. Here’s 5 Chardonnay facts you should know.

1. Chardonnay was born in Burgundy, France

The ancestral home of the chardonnay grape is in Burgundy, where the wine the region makes is simply known as white Burgundy, because while there are other white wines made from other white grapes, Chardonnay is the one most prized and seen as truly capturing the region’s incredible terroir.

2. Chardonnay, by order of the Queen

Chardonnay achieved its reputation for greatness in the Burgundy region of France over 1200 years ago. Around 800 A.D. the wife of the Emperor Charlemagne, disgusted by the red wine that stained her husband’s white beard, ordered that white grapes be planted in their Burgundy vineyard, which is now called Corton-Charlemagne.

3. Blancs De Blancs Champagne is basically Chardonnay

Blanc de Blancs Champagne is a bubbly made entirely from white wine grapes – whereas typical Champagnes are made from a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.

4. Chardonnay is really easy to grow

Chardonnay is the most planted grape variety around the world, and this is mostly because it can be grown practically anywhere. . Pinot Noir – its sibling from Burgundy – can be incredibly fickle, but Chardonnay seems to find a home almost anywhere.

5. Oak Barrels are really important to Chardonnay

Oak barrels play the most important role in the taste of Chardonnay. If aged in an oak barrel, this wine features rich, toasty, creamy and buttery flavour. If not, the end result is a crisp, fruity (green apple or exotic fruit) flavour.

 

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Quick Guide To Understanding Chardonnay

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Quick Guide To Understanding Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France, but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand.

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine on earth. It was born in the Burgundy region of France, where it is known as White Burgundy, and it was there that the wine became really popular for its elegance. Due to Chardonnay’s popularity, winemakers in the Champagne region began to grow the grape as well, using it as a major ingredient for their sparkling wines.

While grown in the same country, the Chardonnay grapes took on a very different characteristic in Champagne than they had in Burgundy. Winemakers began to realize that the grape had a unique knack for truly embodying the region and area where the wine is grown. No two places that grow Chardonnay produce the exact same wine, yet every region finds it is relatively easy to grow. This discovery is what helped the grape quickly spread across the world.

As the grape spread, winemakers discovered that warm climates would produce a Chardonnay grape that was ripe and full of tropical flavors, while in cooler climates the grape had flavors of apple as well as earthy fall aromas such as mushrooms and the smell of fallen leaves. With the variety of different Chardonnays that can be produced around the world, wine drinkers literally have a Chardonnay for every season and occasion. This worldwide variety allows Chardonnay to go extremely well on its own while sitting outside in the summer, or even on a cold winter’s night with a hearty stew.

However, chardonnay started to get a bad repped because it was oaked for too long. This made the wine to have a heavy buttery taste that put many wine drinkers off.  A good way to avoid the liquid butter wine is simply to avoid Chardonnay that is made by any of the worldwide mega-producers or simply buy unoaked chardonnay.

sources- wikipedia, vinepair.com

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7 Yummy Merlot Facts

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7 Yummy Merlot Facts

Merlot is a thinner-skinned red wine grape that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. Merlot is usually blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Franc (it’s in fact said to be a descendant of Cab Franc). Dry in style with a medium to full-bodied palate presence, here are some yummy merlot facts.

1. Merlot is the most planted variety in France

Although it might seem like cabernet sauvignon grapes from the acclaimed Bordeaux region or the expensive Pinot noir from burgundy are the most planted grape varieties, merlot is currently the most planted grape variety in France.

2. Merlot is the product of a union between Cabernet Franc and Magdaleine Noire des Charentes

Merlot is the offspring of Cabernet Franc (the father) and Magdeleine Noire des Charentes (the mother).

3. Merlot is very difficult to grow

Merlot is harder to grow than cabernet sauvignon. The grape is very sensitive to its environment and proper care and attention has to be given to the grapes. They do have a major benefit over cabernet, as they ripen up to two weeks earlier. Next time you have a glass of merlot, remember to appreciate the farmers.

4. Merlot is very popular in Italy

Merlot is Italy’s 5th most planted grape. Merlot is popular in the IGT wines of Tuscany commonly referred to as “Super Tuscans”

5. Merlot is very sensitive to light

Because Merlot wine is so sensitive to light, Merlot based wines tinge orange on the rim. The orange rim is the telltale sign of Merlot vs. Cabernet Sauvignon.

6. There’s a bottle of Merlot that costs $1,870

The famous Right Bank Bordeaux called Chateau Petrus is mostly merlot and costs $1,870.

7. American Oak is great for producing Merlot

Merlot produced with American Oak are usually rich like a Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Quick Guide To Understanding Merlot

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Quick Guide To Understanding Merlot

You have probably heard about merlot or even had a glass or two of merlot wine. However how much do you really know about this wonderful wine varietal? Here’s a complete guide to understanding merlot.

Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is said to be derived from merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Merlot is popularly used for blending with Cabernet sauvignon, because of its softness and fleshiness.

Merlot is one of the world’s most planted grape varieties, as it is very flexible. Merlot, which in French means The Little Blackbird, is the second most popular red grape in America (after Cabernet Sauvignon). Known for being soft, ripe and elegant, most Merlots are easy drinking reds that go well both with food as well as on their own. This is an approachable grape varietal and is often recommended as the first red wine someone new to red wine should drink.

Merlot is a varietal that contains at least 13.5% alcohol, but can approach 14.5%, especially when it is grown in a warmer climate such as Australia, California or Chile. The wine is often said to have a plummy taste and notes of chocolate. It’s also considered to be smooth and very easy to drink.

 sources- wikipedia, vinepair.com
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All You Need To Know About Pinot Noir

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All You Need To Know About Pinot Noir

Pinot noir is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from Pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black; the pine alluding to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit.

Pinot Noir was born in the Burgundy region of France, and it’s in Burgundy where the best of the varietal is still produced. Like many other regions of France, Pinot Noir producers do not refer to their wine as Pinot Noir, but instead call it red Burgundy, after the region where it’s made. The wines from Burgundy have flavors of ripe red berries, sweet black cherries, mushrooms and what sommeliers call forest floor, that smell you get from freshly fallen damp leaves.

The wine that goes well with all types of food, and is even light enough in alcohol to be drunk on its own. It is quite romanticized due to the difficulty in producing it.

sources: wikipedia, vinepair.com

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Yummy Facts About Cabernet Sauvignon

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Yummy Facts About Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon, often referred to as the “King of Red Wine Grapes,” has its original roots firmly planted in France, specifically in Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grow well in warmer climes with plenty of sunshine and a variety of soil conditions. Typically viewed as a fairly robust wine with good tannin structure, solid acidity, and rich, dark fruit aromas and flavor components, Cabernet Sauvignon is truly an international grape variety. Here are a few Cabernet Sauvignon facts.

1. Cabernet Sauvignon is a cross!

Cabernet Sauvignon is a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc that occurred in the 1600s. DNA testing at UC Davis discovered this relationship in 1996.

2. American Cab may contain 25% other grapes.

It’s legal in the US to permit up to 25% of another grape to be blended into a wine labeled as “Cabernet Sauvignon.” Some producers blend for better flavor – others blend for better value.

3. Why is Cabernet Sauvignon wine so expensive?

There is high demand for Cabernet Sauvignon which makes it really expensive. In 2008, Napa Valley grape grower, Piña, said their Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon was ringing in $6,000/ton whereas neighboring Merlot vineyards were selling at $1,300/ton.

4. There is an annual celebration for Cabernet Sauvignon

There’s a day for that.Cabernet Day is held on the Thursday before Labor day at the end of August each year. #CabernetDay started in 2010 as a social media stint to celebrate the variety. Since then, it has grown to include grand tastings in major cities from San Francisco to Sydney.

5. The green bell pepper smell in Cabernet Sauvignon has been linked!

The bell pepper aroma in Cabernet Sauvignon has been traced to an organic compound group called pyrazines. Pyrazines are higher in unripe Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and are noticeable at just 10-20 parts/trillion. Wine growers often prune the canopy leaves to increase sun exposure to the grapes.

 

6. Cabernet Sauvignon is high yield

.At Chateau Latour, producer of the world’s most expensive Cabernet Sauvignon, they harvest 3.5 tons per acre. Comparatively, the most expensive Pinot Noir in the world, from DRC harvests just over 1 ton of grapes per acre.

7. Cabernet Sauvignon grows well in the desert!

In Eastern Washington State, a region that gets just 6-8 inches of rain a year, Cabernet Sauvignon wines made from Champoux Vineyards have received multiple 100 point scores. The Gobi Desert in China has several wineries growing Cabernet Sauvignon including Chateau Hanson.

8. A rare Cabernet Sauvignon taint is linked to ladybugs.

Researchers studying Cabernet Sauvignon in Canada discovered that wines made from vineyards infested with Asian ladybugs affect the flavor of the wine greatly. Ladybug taint occurs when ladybugs are inadvertently added into the fermenting wines. in–Ladybugs were originally introduced to North America to reduce aphid populations.

source- winefolly.com

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A Guide To Understanding Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates.

In the 17th century in south-western France, an accidental breeding occurred between a red Cabernet Franc grape plant and a white Sauvignon Blanc grape plant and thus was born Cabernet Sauvignon.

What is Cabernet Sauvignon?

Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape varietal known for its thick, durable skin, and the vine’s resistance to the elements. After the birth of the grape, the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal began to be adopted in parts of France by winemakers searching for more durable plants that were relatively easy to grow, and the grape found its champion in the region of Bordeaux.

The grape has a high level of tannins which means that the wine could evolve in the bottle for many years. Oak maturity also helps to bring out beautiful new flavours. The bordeaux farmers played around with the varietal and blended it with other grapes. It was blended with merlot and created the world’s most famous wine blend, the bordeaux blend.

As a wine, Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its dark color, full body and an alcohol content that is over 13.5%, with most Cabernet Sauvignons, especially those from places such as California, Australia and Chile, being more like 14.5% and sometimes even going over 15%. The wine is dry (not sweet) and has a healthy level of tannin, which is why your mouth dries out when you sip it. Many people who drink Cabernet Sauvignon say they always pick up a taste of green pepper in the wine, along with tobacco, cassis, and dark fruits such as cherries, along with a hint of vanilla that comes from the wine aging in the oak.


Sources: Wikipedia, vinepair.com

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UNDERSTANDING WINE VARIETALS MADE EASY

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When wine shopping, it’s easy to get bamboozled by all the terms and fancy words that the experts throw around. So you decide to do a quick google search and only end up tangling yourself in web a of confusion. Honestly, navigating the wine world and learning all the phrases- what they mean, when they are used, what wines they are used for can get very exhausting. Take it from someone who has been there. To put you out of your misery, here is a list of wine varietals and what they mean. The descriptions given have been broken down to their simplest forms. We hope this helps!

Varietal simply means a wine made from a single grape variety and the varietal gives you information about what’s in the bottle.


Cabernet Sauvignon – This varietal is a full, rich red wine that goes well with heavier foods such as red meats, game and tomato-based sauces.
Pinot Noir is usually softer than Cabernet sauvignon, but with similar characteristics.
Merlot is one of the lighter reds, and it’s very popular.
Zinfandel is a strong red that’s a Californian specialty.
Syrah is one of the biggest reds, and the best are French and Australian.
Chardonnay is an elegant white with a nice buttery taste, and pairs well with chicken and creamy pasta sauces.
Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp white, great for sipping on hot days and pairing with fish.
Riesling is a sweeter white — the Germans make the best but the Californians are also good.

You should note that not all wines are made from a single grape varietal and it is possible to find blends.

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How To Choose Champagne

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How To Choose Champagne

The right bubbly can bring life to any party or even brighten up a dull day. It can be hard to select the perfect bottle of Champagne, with the variety of Champagne brands on the market. The first rule to remember is that it’s only Champagne if it was produced in the region of Champagne in  France. Anything produced outside of this region is sparkling wine. Here are few tips to help you choose Champagnes.

1. Have a budget

The first thing you need to do is decide on a price range. Cheap champagne is usually not original champagne but sparkling wine produced outside the champagne region. Medium priced champagne, the original being produced in the Champagne of France, is usually moderately priced. The moderately low priced ones are usually French mass production (e.g. Moët & Chandon or Veuve Clicquot), while the moderately high priced ones are usually  quite enjoyable vintage selections (such as a few Dom Pérignons). Exclusive champagnes that are of a special brand or quality range are usually very expensive (e.g. vintage selections of “Champagne Krug” for a few hundred dollars, or champagne from 1907, found in the sunk Titanic, sold for around $10k/bottle in 2010).

2. Decide on a bottle size

Champagne is sold in various sizes leading from very small (125ml) to extremely large bottles (up to 27 liters). Sizes above 3 liters are usually more expensive because the bottles are much harder to make.

3. Decide on taste, sparkle intensity and color preferences.

There are a 3 basic differences amongst champagnes : Colour, taste and sparkle intensity. Colour usually rages from silver to amber to pink. The intensity that the champagne sparkles and the size of its bubbles (“pearls”) is not only determined by the champagne’s temperature but also by the very nature of the champagne. As a rule of thumb, champagne that hardly sparkles in your mouth is either not cold enough, of bad quality or might have been left open for too long. Too many pearls of big size (such as in a glass of coke) is not the way to go for quality champagne. The pearls of a good champagne are usually very small sized. The sparkling intensity (=how many pearls) depends entirely on your personal preference. As with wine, tastes of champagne vary a lot, usually being dry with any combination of an oaky, toasty, fruity, citrus, vanilla, or spicy notes. It all depends on your personal preferences.

Source-wikihow.com