60 Second Wine Courses 2017-07-25T21:31:26+00:00

“Wine Speak” – the Language of Wine

July 25th, 2017|0 Comments

This is John Jonna from the Detroit Wine Organization with some tips on “Wine Speak” - the language of wine. Wine sommeliers, the stewards of wine, have their own language when it comes to describing

Glossary of Wine Terms

May 12th, 2016|1 Comment

There are thousands of words associated with wine, but this is a good overview. For a more in-depth source, check out the Wine Lover’s Companion. Acid A vital part of wine, necessary to help achieve

How to Taste Wine

May 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Following a few simple steps will lead to a greater understanding of what you’re drinking, and hopefully help you put some words to what you experience when you drink wine. 1. Look at the color

Pairing Wine with Food

May 12th, 2016|0 Comments

With the great variety of both cuisine styles and wines available today, the old rule of “red wine with meat and white wine with fish” doesn’t cut it any more. Is the “fish” sushi or

Vermouth is undergoing a revival

February 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Vermouth is no longer seen as an unfashionable tipple and is undergoing a revival It wasn't so very long ago that vermouth seemed irredeemably unfashionable, the butt of tongue-in-cheek jokes on TV ads and doomed

Terroir – What is it & why should you care?

July 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Terroir (tear-whar) is one of the most important variables in wine. Understanding what it is and why it matters in winemaking will help you enjoy your culinary creations with the wine best suited to complement

Course 74 – Five Essential Wines for Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2014|0 Comments

While hosting Thanksgiving can be great fun, it can also create a ton of stress and anxiety. Having to manage friends, family, the menu and when to serve everything is enough to worry about without

Course 73-Wines of Argentina

February 10th, 2012|2 Comments

Great things are happening in Argentina’s wine industry.  A growing number of wineries have changed their philosophy and now concentrate on producing higher quality wines rather than manufacturing large quantities. Until recently, Argentina was more interested

Course 72-How and Why Wine Ages

January 27th, 2012|2 Comments

Aging is most noticeably the process of the tannins in the wine reacting with other components until they are unable to stay in solution, where upon they become sediment (precipitation). While this is happening, the

Course 71 – Food Network’s Wine IQ Quiz

January 18th, 2012|2 Comments

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Course 70 – Wine Blends: From Bordeaux to Meritage OR It’s better blended

August 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

Why blend different types of wines? If the grapes were great and the quality of their juice is good enough to bottle on its own, why blend? In essence, sometimes the sum is greater than

Course 69 – Decisions, Decisions…What wine shall I serve for Thanksgiving Dinner?

August 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, there is no better time to start planning your Thanksgiving dinner menu and selecting wines to complement the feast. Historically, the week before Thanksgiving is a great time to buy wine

Course 68 – South African Wine Facts

August 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

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Course 67 – Ultimate Summer Wine Guide

August 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

Ultimate Summer Wine Guide New and classic wine pairings for grilled foods of all kinds. By Ray Isle,  reprinted with permission from Food and Wine. Generally, grilled dishes mean bold flavors, and the top wine

Course 66 – How to read a German Wine label

August 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

1. Appellation of origin - Wine Growing region To identify the region compare with the following list of the 13 German wine growing regions: Ahr, Mittelrhein, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Rheingau, Nahe, Pfalz, Rheinhessen, Franken, Hessische Bergstrasse, Württemberg,

Course 65 – Test Your Italian Wine Knowledge

August 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

1. What is the most famous red wine grape varietal used in Tuscany? A. Asti Spumante B. Vin Santo C. Sangiovese D. Marsala 2. Chianti is which of the following: A. A wine producing region

Course 64 – Test Your Knowledge of Sparkling WIne

August 3rd, 2011|1 Comment

1.    What grape is normally NOT used in Champagne? a.    Chardonnay b.    Cabernet Sauvignon c.    Pinot Noir d.    Pinot Gris   2.    What country is true Champagne made in? a.     France b.     Spain c.     United States

Course 63 – Test Your French Wine Knowledge

August 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

Here are twenty questions concerning wines produced in France. Information about French wines can be found on our web site under the education tab and the 60 second wine courses. Bring your completed questionaire to

Course 62 – What is Rutherford Dust?

August 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

Rutherford Dust is the legendary reason why Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in the soil of the Rutherford area produce such excellent wines. And indeed, Rutherford wines consistently win high praise from wine critics around the

Course 61 – Beaujolais Nouveau Primer

August 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

At one past midnight on the third Thursday of each November, from little villages and towns like Romanèche-Thorins, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey through a sleeping France to Paris for

Course 60 – Alsace, France versus Germany-Reading Between the Wines

August 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

The wines of Alsace have a distinctive character and style that sets them apart from the other wine growing regions of France. Its wines are also totally different from those produced in neighboring Germany. Located

Course 59 – Pacific Northwest Wines

August 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

America’s Pacific Northwest Wine Appellations Washington and Oregon are premier wine growing regions, each with diverse geography, climates and soils. Combined, the states have 20 American Viticulture Areas, where high quality grapes are grown and

Course 58 – Italian Wine Demystified- Part 2

August 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

We looked at the various regions of Italy in part one of this course, so now lets get to the heart of the matter:  the Italian wines for your tasting pleasure! Some well known Italian

Course 57 – Italian Wine Demysified- Part 1

August 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

From fertile valleys to rocky mountain tops, it seems as if every inch of Italy is planted with grape vines. Some of the wines are considered along with the world’s best, others are less distinguished.

Course 56 – French Wine Demystified

August 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

No other winemaking country in the world has such a wide range of cool climates, and this has enabled France to produce the entire spectrum of classic wine styles. They range from the crisp sparkling wines