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How to Taste Wine like a Sommelier

How to Taste Wine like a Sommelier

If you have ever seen a sommelier or a wine professional taste wine, you may have noticed that there is a lot more to it than simply lifting the glass to your lips and taking a swig.  Indeed, to get the most out of tasting a wine, a sommelier will follow a specific procedure that is designed to provide the taster with as much sensory information about the wine as possible.  This article will go over a sommelier’s approach to wine tasting and give you the knowhow to taste wine like a pro!
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Bulk Wine vs Fine Wine: What’s the Difference?

Every industrial sector produces goods that range in quality and price.  Wine is no different in this regard.

When I host tours of Niagara’s wine country as a Wine Smart Guide working for Niagara Vintage Wine Tours, one of the aspects of the wine industry that I always try to convey to my guests is an appreciation for quality.  Not all wines are made equal.  For someone who is new to wine, it can be difficult to appreciate, or even notice, the difference between a fine wine and a mass-produced bulk wine.

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Tasting Your Way Through Niagara’s Wine Country

When you are exploring a place that is new to you, it is important to get the most out of your experience.  When it comes to visiting Niagara’s world-class wine region, the best way to do this is to travel with an experienced local who is knowledgeable about our history, the domestic winemaking industry, and the particulars of Niagara wines themselves.
what is a reserve wine

What is a ‘Reserve’ Wine?

Wine labels contain a myriad of terms meant to aid the consumer in understanding the product better before committing to its purchase.  One of the most misunderstood and controversial terms you may find on a bottle of wine is the word ‘reserve.’  Often assumed to be an indicator that a wine is of superior quality, the term ‘reserve’ is not as cut and dry as you may think.  Let’s shed some light on the reality behind this often misconstrued labelling term.
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Choosing a Bottle of Wine for New Wine Connoisseurs

You’ve heard a lot about the world of wine and you want in!  But…you haven’t got a clue where to start.  With all the different grape varieties and wine producing regions out there, it is easy to feel lost when approaching the world of wine for the first time.  Grab a bottle of wine and let’s review a few basic steps to help start you on your journey.
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Fruit Wine: It’s Not Just for Grapes Anymore!

Fruit wine is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of an organic material that is not grapes.  Some common varieties of fruit wine include peach wine, plum wine, and blueberry wine. But, it is possible to make wine out of organic materials that you may not expect, such as dandelions and potatoes.  Renowned for its production of world class grape wines, the Niagara Region is also a producer of award-winning fruit wines.
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Biodynamics 101: Beyond Organic

Biodynamics is an agricultural philosophy that regards the vineyard as a complete ecosystem.  It bears some commonalities with organic agriculture but takes the philosophies of organics to a new level.  Biodynamics abstains from the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the vineyard. It also abstains from artificial adjustments in the winemaking process.  Biodynamic farmers only use natural fertilizers and schedule their vineyard maintenance according to the lunar calendar.  This agricultural philosophy predates modern organics and was first conceived by Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner in the 1920s.  The facets of biodynamic winemaking are discussed in more detail below.
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Pretty With Purpose: Roses in the Vineyard

A journey through Niagara wine country is a feast for the palate as well as for the eyes.  Make a trip to the Niagara Peninsula in summer and you’ll enjoy the sights of the rugged Niagara Escarpment, the shimmering waters of Lake Ontario, and if you look closely, roses are in full bloom at the ends of many rows of grapevines.  These rose bushes naturally contribute to the beauty of the vineyard, but they serve a practical purpose as well.
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Cuvée 2018 – The Niagara Vintage Wine Tours’ Perspective

Cuvée is many things;  It is a celebration of the grape and wine industry in Ontario,  An opportunity for Ontario’s winemakers to showcase their favourite wines,  A place for industry professionals to network,  A recognition of Ontarian winemaking excellence,  An acknowledgement of academic achievement by today’s oenology and viticulture students, And, a lot of fun!
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Wayne Gretzky: A Legend in Hockey, Whisky, and Wine

Wayne Gretzky; a name hockey fans have known for decades is also a name increasingly noticed by many that have never seen him play. There is no doubt that Gretzky first received recognition and fame as a talented hockey player. But it is arguable that he is now appreciated for the award-winning Gretzky brand wines, newly constructed Wayne Gretzky Estates (WGE), the unique No. 99 Canadian Whisky, and his ongoing commitment through all of this to give back to the community. Wayne Gretzky is making his mark in Canada and across the world that will last longer than his hockey career ever could.

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