Wine 101 with UW Professor Michael Wagner

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The Whole U Speaker Series was thrilled to have Dr. Michael Wagner, assistant professor of Operations Management at the Foster School of Business, join us to explore the fascinating world of wine. Watch this video to learn about wine regions and varietals, wine characteristics, tasting terms, how to read labels, classical pairings, markups, and ratings.

Enhance Your Wine and Your Home With Stylish Wine Coolers

Wine coolers are electronic units used to store bottles of wine in ideal conditions to preserve the wine’s flavour and aroma for up to one year. All the variables that maintain wine as its optimum quality can be controlled by a wine cooler such as temperature and humidity levels. The tinted glass also protects the wine from ultraviolet light.

3 Delicious, Inexpensive and Interesting French Sparkling Wines

When people think sparkling wine, especially French sparkling wine, they usually think Champagne. Champagne is certainly wonderful, but variety is great as well, and can be far less expensive too. Although keeping some Dom Perignon, Krug, Cristal, or even less expensive non vintage counterparts is wonderful, pulling an obscure yet delicious sparkler out when friends are over can be far more interesting. In fact there is a sea of really good French sparklers available, and here we look at three that are also widely available and inexpensive.

Vinotemp Wine Cooler – The Perfect Fit For Your Wine Collection

These coolers are made by a company that was founded in 1985 in Southern California by the innovator and creator Francis Ravel. The company started off by making wine and selling it but eventually branched off to making these wine cabinets for both the economy household and also the luxury population. On the market today, Vinotemp has a broad spectrum of units of different dimensions and patterns and made up of different materials and finish.

When Are Wine Tours Appropriate?

Wine tours can be a fun way to socialise, educate and travel around a region getting to know what is on offer and what the countryside looks like. When a wine tour is organised by someone else and you take part, you don’t have to worry about the driving, or about finding your way to certain cellar doors when you are in an unfamiliar location.

Craft Breweries Expanding – Finding Success in the World of Beer

These days, it seems like craft breweries are everywhere. Anyone with enough money and time to set up a garage brewery is trying to market their brews. The sheer immensity and diversity of the craft brewing world has led to some pretty interesting things – lots of innovation and plenty of options.

Innovation Keeps the Craft Beer World Fresh

The term “Indy” has become a hot topic lately. The eBook revolution, Indy music, craft beer – they all hold true to the roots of independent creating and a dedication to doing things their own way. The craft brewing world has certainly come a long way since it started growing several years ago and throughout it all many breweries have managed to not only find success, but to grow despite the ongoing economic problems.

Promotional Beer Mugs for Oktoberfest Celebrations

One of the world’s largest beer festival known as the Oktoberfest is held in Munich Germany in the month of October. Millions of people will be in attendance during this sixteen day festival where visitors from all over the world come to be part of the event. But this event is not only celebrated in Germany.

Say Ciao to Summer With Italian Wine

September is a month that brings mixed feelings. We are sad to say good-bye to Summer, sorry that our summer vacation has ended and some are not overly excited about the start of another school year. On the other hand, the weather cools down, the Fall leaves start turning beautiful colors and football season kicks-off! Mixed feelings indeed. Americans like to celebrate Autumn and September is a nice time to have a party. You can toast your blessings from the past Summer and toast to new adventures in the Fall. As the Italian word Ciao means both hello and good-bye, it seems appropriate to toast September with something Italian. As it’s still warm outside, I’m going with Italian whites.

Beer 101

One of the oldest alcoholic beverages, nothing quite satisfies like a good beer. However, when most guys were younger pretty much the only beer we would drink was an American style lager, like Budweiser or Molson.

History of French Wines – Part Two

History of French Wines – Part One brought us from Moses to present day. In part two, we are going to fly over the many vineyards of France and the region they occupy. If you have not gone to France, you will recognize many of the names you have read on labels. So follow me on this tour of the wine regions of France. First, we will define the regions that do not produce wine by drawing an imaginary line from Nantes to Charleville. This band covers Brittany, Normandy and Picardy.

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