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The Wine Basics

These wine basics bring together all of the elements that make wine so enjoyable. From understanding how wine is made to serving and storing wine in a way that brings out its best flavors, you'll start to demystify this luxury liquid.

Making Wine


Wine goes through several production steps before it arrives in the bottle. Each step builds the character, flavor, aromas, body, and color of the wine.

Making Wine

Wine Decanter


Serving wine can be a little on the fussy, formal side, but there is a method to the madness. It’s all meant to bring out the best aromas and flavors of the wine. Learn the ins and outs of serving wine:

Best Serving Temps

Decanting Wine

Opening Wine

Wine Glass Sizes

Wine Bottles


There are a few tricks to storing wine so that it stays in great condition. After all, we don’t want to find our wine has turned skunky after we’ve taken the time to select, pair, chill, and decant it.

Storing Wine

Red Wine


Taste wine by looking at its color, smelling the aromas (bouquet), and savoring the flavors. Each of the noble grapes has a tasting profile that is consistent no matter where the wine is produced. Sure the elements like acidity, tannin, and color may vary a bit, but the core characteristics will stay true.

Tasting Wine

Wine and Cheese


Pairing wine seems like an advanced move, but it doesn’t have to be. Understanding the wine taste profiles of the 7 Noble Grapes will go a long way to understanding what food pairs best. Follow the pairing tips found at the bottom of each page.

Pairing Wine

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