Why Aerate my Wine? | HouseVines

Wine is a living thing. Its appearance, texture, and flavor can change as the wine ages in a cellar or throughout the course of a night after the bottle is opened. Some wines are “closed” when the cork is first pulled and “open up” after that. A “closed” wine means…

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Tasting wine…the basics | HouseVines

Whenever you come across fertile wine country, wine tasting is often one of the most rewarding excursions available. If you long to walk through the vineyards and admire the grapevines and picturesque backdrop, wine glass in hand, you must first learn to appreciate the subtle beauty of wine. Steps <img…

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Cheese and Wine Pairing Cheat Sheet | HouseVines

It’s New Year’s Eve, and your guests are about to come tumbling in. You set out bowls of salty snacks and a grand platter of cheeses. There’s creamy white chèvre, a Stilton, some Brie, nutty aged Gruyère, tangy Vermont cheddar, and a splurge-worthy chunk of 4-year Gouda. With a flourish…

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15 Rules for Great Pairings | HouseVines

  1. Champagne is perfect with anything salty. Most dry sparkling wines, such as brut Champagne and Spanish cava, actually have a faint touch of sweetness. That makes them extra-refreshing when served with salty foods. 2. Sauvignon Blanc goes with tart dressings and sauces. Tangy foods won’t overwhelm zippy wines…

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