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Looking at a controversial additive to wine and some of the issues that it and other additives raise.

Link to Gray Report post on Mega Purple (Adam Lee’s remarks are in the comments):

Corks or Screw Caps – The Closing Argument

It is now very rare to find the total use of natural cork to stop wine bottles with the Rioja region of Spain being the most obvious exception. Increasingly, for a wide variety of reasons, the use of plastic stoppers and screw caps is becoming widespread. Why is this so, and what are the pros and cons of each method, and what should we be looking for when considering the alternatives? This really is a topic of hot debate in the world of wine at the moment. By tasting wines using the different methods of stopping, you can join this debate fully with your own opinions, thereby reinforcing the subjectivity of wine appreciation.

The Proper Care and Storage for Wine

The consumption and collection of wine has been growing over the last few years. How has this wine been stored?

Wine and Food Pairings – Which Wine to Serve with Dinner

It can be confusing trying to remember which wines go with which food. This handy guide gives yout he basic tips to help you decide which wine to serve with your next dinner.

How to Choose a Wine that Tastes Good – Some Tips for Selecting a Wine

“Why is wine so confusing?” and “Does selecting a wine intimidate you?” If your answer to the second question is yes, then you are not alone! Here are some tips on choosing a wine that is right for you and to ultimately make the selection of wines exciting for you.

Wine Labels – Peeling off the Mystery

One of the most baffling subjects that confronts the budding wine enthusiast is the deciphering of the myriad of information contained on the bottle label, especially that contained on wine bottles from European countries. Once the basic rules are taken on board it becomes a lot simpler.

French Champagne

Champagne is a sparkling wine that originates from the Champagne region of France, approximately 100 miles off Paris. The region encompasses Marne, Haute-Marne, Seine-et-Marne, Aisne and Aube, and the towns of Reims and Epernay; this region has been producing wine for years, but it was only in the nineteenth century that sparkling wine became Champagne’s key product.


Champagne is a celebratory drink used to toast newlyweds or commemorate milestones. It can be an aperitif, it can be served during a meal, or it can be served with dessert. Vintage Champagne, the product of a single harvest, is preferred as it is bottled only in years when conditions in the vineyard have been favorable; non-vintage Champagne is released at regular intervals. Champagne cocktails like Bellini (with fresh peach puree and juice), Black Velvet (with stout), Mimosa (with orange juice), and Poinsettia (with cranberry juice) are quite popular at chic bars as they are more genteel than Martinis.

Wine Accessories at Kitchen Junkie

Wine is more than an alcoholic beverage. It’s almost a way of life! There are more wine accessories available than you could even imagine. From the necessities like corkscrews and glasses, to the not so necessary yet entertaining accessories like decanters, ice buckets, and pourers- there is more to wine than just drinking it.

Blasted Church (Okanagan Falls)

Blasted Church (the winery) sits atop a bluff overlooking Skaha Lake, providing it with a lovely vista. Visitors can enjoy the view from benches in the parking lot, or from the tasting room, which is located inside a little log house.

Desert Hills (Black Sage, Oliver)

Brothers Randy and Jesse Toor recently founded Desert Hills Estate Winery after having planted land on the Black Sage bench with vinifera. It is a family-run estate winery and is located in a non-descript building dwarfed by the sizeable house adjacent to it (be sure to turn left folks!).

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