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Bordeaux Wines

The Dream Vintage The wine regions of Europe enjoyed a virtually perfect vintage in 2005. Not least in Bordeaux. In the usual way, Bordeaux is always first cab off the rank with its annual "en primeur" (futures) campaign - with a handful of wines being offered on a similar basis from Burgundy, and the Rhône Valley. Early post-harvest reports from Bordeaux...

Choose Your Own Adventure: Machu Picchu

Shark diving without a cage. Sounds insane, right? That's what I thought too. Turns out sharks aren't the terrifying monsters we think they are. But we've all seen the movie 'Jaws' and Hollywood doesn't lie. It's why thousands of people around the world suffer from Selachophobia. Fear of sharks. But who can blame them? Why on earth would any rational person...

7 Reasons Cruising Is a Great Way to See the World

Shark diving without a cage. Sounds insane, right? That's what I thought too. Turns out sharks aren't the terrifying monsters we think they are. But we've all seen the movie 'Jaws' and Hollywood doesn't lie. It's why thousands of people around the world suffer from Selachophobia. Fear of sharks. But who can blame them? Why on earth would any rational person...

Are You Already Wearing the Hottest Brands in Your City?

Shark diving without a cage. Sounds insane, right? That's what I thought too. Turns out sharks aren't the terrifying monsters we think they are. But we've all seen the movie 'Jaws' and Hollywood doesn't lie. It's why thousands of people around the world suffer from Selachophobia. Fear of sharks. But who can blame them? Why on earth would any rational person...

Vintage Profiles – Chateaux Wines

To help you decide on your wine, here is a summary (written by David Miller) of a few recent vintages for Red Bordeaux and Sauternes. 2001:  A less prolific vintage than the previous two years, a good to average summer with a cool spell of weather in September, some heavy rain fell on the 21st but the harvest continued right up...

Wine Tasting Venues

Wine Tasting Venues Wine Tasting Venues Tasting venues range from the casual, private wine tasting party with friends to the day trip to a local vineyard to formal wine tasting dinners. Wine Tasting Parties In addition to ensuring that you have enough wine, glasses, water and other necessities, it is important to consider the environment. Guests should be comfortable, this means enough seating,...

Etiquette for Wine Drinking

Etiquette for Wine Drinking, Tasting and Serving Whether at a private wine tasting or at a vineyard, the rules of etiquette for wine drinking and tasting are the same. The following are some tips that will make you seem like a pro at your next wine tasting . . . host or guest. For the Host Serving Order At a dinner party women...

Wine Terms

This list of wine terms and definitions will give you a head start at your next wine tasting. It is often helpful to carry a small notepad with you to tastings so you can jot down your impressions of wines. Develop your own list of wine terms: using your own words to describe different tastes and aromas will help...

Serving Wine

While it may seem a trivial thing, serving wine correctly can add class to any occasion from a casual get-together with friends to a more formal wine and dinner party. Here are some things you should know about preparing, serving and pouring wine, and types of wine glasses suitable for the wines served. Wine Serving Temperatures The temperature at which a...

The Art of Wine Tasting

Do you simply drink wine, or do you taste wine? Anyone can drink wine, but it takes practice to be able to recognise and distinguish a wine's characteristics. On our site you will find information about tasting techniques and terms, how smell and taste are integral to the enjoyment of wine, the proper way to serve wine and what types of...