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Mar
2012

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Keeping Your Wine Longer

There is nothing quite as perfect as the perfect bottle of wine. Unfortunately, even the most perfect wine is not meant to last forever. That does not mean, however, that you cannot take measures to preserve your favorite bottle of wine. If you want to know how to store your wine properly and make it last longer once the bottle has been opened, there are some tips you cannot live without.

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Feb
2012

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Chocolate and Wine -- They Were Meant To Be

In life, there are just certain things that go together perfectly. Long walks and the beach, winter nights and blazing fireplaces, and, of course, chocolate and wine. The only challenge is that it can be hard to figure out which chocolates go with which wines. After all, you probably don’t want to pair a rich, red Bordeaux with a box of milk chocolate truffles. If you’ve been wondering which chocolates go with which wines (and why chocolate and wine make for the perfect romantic encounter), the answers await you…

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2012

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Whites and Reds: Breaking All the Rules

Most of us know that white wine goes with seafood and red wine goes with meat and game. The question is, who made these rules and why were they made? Where do they come from? Traditionally the rules of which wines go with what foods were created so that the wines wouldn’t overpower the foods that they were being paired with. However, today’s wine connoisseurs understand that some rules are meant to be broken. If you want to enjoy wine to its fullest, you need to understand that there are times when it is okay to break the tradition of white for fish and red for meat.

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Dec
2011

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The Benefits of Wine May Not be Scientific

If you’re at all familiar with the benefits of wine, then you know that wine is good for you. We hear about how wine is chock-full of antioxidants and resveratrol and we are told of the resulting health benefits that wine can offer us. Many of us have heard of the “French paradox”, exploring how people who eat well and drink wine are able to maintain healthy lives and live longer. Scientists have been intrigued by the idea of the French paradox ever since it was brought to light. However, what many scientists may be overlooking is the fact that many of the benefits that wine has to offer have absolutely nothing to do with science and everything to do with the human psyche.

People who drink wine live longer. That’s well-known. This fact used to be attributed to the resveratrol that wine contains, but we now know that the amount of resveratrol contained in wine is minimal. It would require hundreds or thousands of bottles per day to mimic the good results seen in laboratory mice.

So what is it about wine that makes people live longer?

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Dec
2011

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Bordeaux - Some Of The World's Treasures

Anyone who tells you that Italian wines win hands down over French wines each and every time has obviously never popped open a bottle of rich and aromatic Bordeaux. What is so special about Bordeaux wines? What makes these wines so different from any of the other French wines a person can purchase? To understand what makes Bordeaux wines so special, one must understand the nature of these wines.

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A true Bordeaux wine is created from grapes that are grown in the vineyards of Bordeaux, France. Many of the Bordeaux vineyards are built upon soil that is rich in limestone. This results in high levels of calcium, which impacts the growth of the grapes that are used to make the wines of Bordeaux. The soils in the Bordeaux vineyards are very distinctive, even varying from one region of Bordeaux to another. This is why a bottle of Bordeaux from one region may taste completely different than a bottle from the next.

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Oct
2011

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How Grapeshare Came To Be

There are some wines we remember because they’re remarkable: maybe they had specific hints of spices we like, or an aroma that reminded us of warm apple pie or maybe even a particular bitter-sweet taste we’re fond of.

Most often, though, I think wine is about the people and the context. I, for example, always reserve my best wines to drink with family and friends.

The context also has a lot to do with how I perceive wine. If it’s a boring day, with boring people and uninteresting food, it will be hard to enjoy a good wine, even if it’s an excellent one. On the other hand, sometimes an okay wine can be perceived as quite reasonable when I’m enjoying myself.

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Sep
2011

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Grapeshare Is About To Change Your Life

Miles Raymond was on to something. Yes, the protagonist of Sideways was divorced, unsuccessful, neurotic, and had a bit of a drinking problem. But he knew one thing: It’s hard to beat a good bottle of wine shared with a good friend.

Isn’t that all any of us want, really? If only life imitated art. Le sigh.

But life is about to blow art out of the water: Enter Grapeshare.

Starting in the next few months, you’ll be able to share the wine you love (and the wine you regrettably don’t) with friends online through Grapeshare.

Grapeshare helps connect people with wine. You can think of Grapeshare in many ways (“super neat-o” comes to mind): It’s kind of like Twitter or Goodreads, but just for oenophiles. It’s kind of like a wine bar, but one that goes wherever you go and lacks pretentious servers. It’s definitely all kinds of awesome.

Here’s a little taste (no, that won’t be the last drinking joke in this post):

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