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Wine 101

I just returned from a long, relaxing weekend in the Napa Valley area and I’m still trying to sort through all the wonderful information I found while visiting numerous vineyards and cellars. My family and I stayed in Yountville, a quaint town with fantastic culinary cuisine located in the middle of wine country. I wanted to share a few basic tips I discovered in Wine 101.

Five Wine Tips for Dummies… like myself

1.  When you have a freshly poured glass of wine in front of you don’t start swirling a swishing it around. Let it sit for a second then take a little whiff around the middle of the glass. Swirl it a bit and smell again.  The aromas are completely different.  It’s quite unique.  

2.  Try to nibble on a little bite of cracker or sip some water in between the different wine selections. This will help cleanse your palate so you can fully enjoy the next wine.

3.    Open a bottle of wine at least 30 minutes before you serve to guests. This will give it a little time to breath.


4.   Unless you have a wine refrigerator storing wine in the kitchen is a big “no no.” All the energy and temperature fluctuation can ruin a good bottle. Look for a closet in the middle of your house.


5.   If you open a bottle of red and the smell doesn’t match the taste then it’s bad. But don’t just throw it out make red wine vinegar!