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Going vegan is not only healthy for you, it is also good for the planet. There is no reason to think that wine will not go well with vegan dishes. We can go back to the fundamental components of wine to help us with pairings, even when it comes to wholesome plant-based vegan food. There are five characteristics to analysing wine, from sweetness to acidity, tannin, alcohol level and body. When it comes to pairing, the idea is to seek out wine that contrasts the taste of the food to...

Japanese cuisine can range from simple and clean-tasting to rich and full of umami flavour. Be it healthy or decadent, even though Japanese food falls under the category of Asian cuisine, it can still be paired with wine to bring out the essence of each signature dish. The delicate taste of sashimi, which is raw fish, is best brought out by sparkling wine like champagne. A light rosé or an acidic white like Albariño also works well with fish. Since there are different types of fish that can be eaten...

When we think of sweet wine, Sauternes is usually not the first name that comes to mind. Do not mistake Sauternes for Sauterne wine. The former is the sweet, golden wine that is the star of this article while the latter refers to an assortment of white wines that is produced in California. Sauternes is a powerful sweet wine that originates from Bordeaux, in the area of Grave where the Sauternais region lies. Made of up three main grape varieties, Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc, and Muscadelle, the process of making a...

Greece is not the first country you would think of when you consider old world wine. However, this beautiful country in the Mediterranean is actually one of the oldest wine regions, which has been producing excellent wine for a long, long time. The allure of Greece is its varied climate and diverse terrain. Grapes are grown on steep rocky slopes as well as on vast flat land. Many of its old vines have survived without succumbing to phylloxera. The grapes in Greece are unique to the country and the wines...

Southern Australia is renowned for producing supreme quality wine and amidst this wine region, Barossa Valley is one of the oldest, with many vines here being more than 100 years old. Barossa Valley is most celebrated for its red wine. Given the dry and hot climate, the grapes get to ripen fully while retaining high sugar content. This plays a part in creating powerful wines that are punchy and highly concentrated in flavor. Shiraz rules in Barossa Valley. Being rich and full-bodied, the prized Barossa Shiraz is more fruit-driven than...

We have all been there. Putting aside unfinished wine and then forgetting about it. While there is nothing wrong with drinking leftover wine apart from the unpleasant taste due to oxidation, there are actually other interesting ways to use up leftover wine. A little wine does wonders to cooking, so you can freeze leftover wine into ice cubes for future culinary use. When you find yourself making sauces or soups and in need of a flavor boost, out come these tiny frozen wine cubes to be stirred into the pan....

Tapas is part of the Spanish cuisine and it has gained worldwide popularity in recent years. You might be organizing a trip to Spain or coming up with a tapas party at home, regardless of your plan, this is a good time to start thinking about how to pair tapas with wine. During a tapas crawl, the pleasure is to sample a few small dishes of tapas and wine in one restaurant before moving on to another and repeating the same process. House wines are often of good quality in...

In the world of wine, where red, white and rosé dominate, it is hard to imagine a wine of another color. Orange wine is trending hard nowadays and no, it is not made of orange or other citrus fruits.   The term “orange wine” is referring to the wine color, and it comes in a spectrum that ranges from light coppery amber to intense orange. Orange wine is not a novelty in the wine-making world. In fact, it has been made in the country of Georgia for thousands of years. Orange...

It has been said that the wine you like to drink defines who you are as a person. When you are planning to give wine as a gift, how do you select a wine based on the personality of the recipient? For the optimist brimming with hope, a bubbly person who is the life of a party, you should definitely give champagne as a gift. Champagnes are drunk at celebrations and a vibrant personality would be flattered to receive this sparkling wine as gift. For a laid-back and easy-going friend,...

With the legalization of cannabis throughout the states and on an international scale, it is finally starting to shake off its long-standing, unjustified stigma. There is no denying the difference it is making to millions of people who have long-suffered through health issues both physically and mentally thanks to current laws allowing its usage. Wine’s health benefits have been researched, proven and published for many years, aiding heart disease, cholesterol, diabetes, mental health and even boasts in keeping us looking younger… that is within moderate amounts. With such natural benefits...