5 Tips to Better Identify Aromas in Wine
If you’ve ever smelled your glass of wine expecting a bouquet of raspberries, lilac, coffee and chocolate and thought: just smells like wine to me, this post is for you.
First off, know that you’re definitely not alone. Distinguishing aromas is one of the most difficult parts of the wine tasting process. Don’t despair though, this skill can be trained and improved. Here are my five tips for better distinguishing aromas in your wine!
Before we get into the tips, let’s just talk quickly about the elephant in the room. When I first started learning about wine and read that a wine had notes of pineapple, vanilla, and cinnamon I wondered if that meant the wine was made with these ingredients. How else would it have those flavors and aromas?
Turns out, aromas found in wine are derived from chemical reactions. This means there was no pineapple (or vanilla or cinnamon for that matter) in the wine I was tasting. This is great news for wines with notes of dirt, rubber hose, or even petroleum. But why, then, do we describe the wine as having these particular aromas if they’re not actually present in the wine?
The What, Why, and How of Decanting Wine
WHAT IS DECANTING?
Decanting is simply pouring wine from the bottle into a separate vessel without disturbing any sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Thus, a decanter is the separate vessel you pour your wine into.
Trying new wines is fun, but trying new wines with friends is even better! An in-home wine tasting is a great way to learn about wines in a stress free environment. Plus, getting to drink five (or more) bottles of wine at a time in the name of education is an added bonus! But what exactly do you need to host the perfect wine tasting at home? I’ve got you covered.
Here is my guide on hosting the perfect wine tasting at home:
The world of wine can be intimidating for beginners. You often go into it with all these misconceptions in your head that you’ve read online, or have been told by an avid wine lover. But is everything you hear true? And should it stop you from diving into the world of wine? The answer is no to both.
I started Cork and Fizz to make wine more approachable and fun. Today, I’m sticking to my guns by debunking five wine myths you’ve been told, and educating you with the facts!
I feel rosé is often overlooked throughout most of the year. Yes, rosé is a staple in the summer, but there’s so many different varieties of rosé that make it drinkable all year round! The trick is to find the right one for you. Follow me through this guide to finding a new favorite rosé.
Here comes 2022! What a year it has been.
I created Cork & Fizz to share my passion and make wine more approachable to everyone. I wanted to be a resource for casual sippers and wine lovers like myself. To be able to really share my passion this past year has been so fulfilling, and I’m excited to see what the new year holds.
In the spirit of expanding your wine horizons, I’ve compiled a list of six wine resolutions you should try for yourself in this new year.
Sparkling wine, the true holiday hero; it’s there from your festive morning mimosa, to the celebrational pop at the end of a dinner. It’s loved by the avid wine drinkers to the beginners, and is a great way to bring people together. In the spirit of the holidays, let’s dive into the world of sparkling wine!
Sure, you could drink wine straight from the bottle while cozied up on the couch this winter (no judgment here!) but where's the fun in that? This season, branch out and try one of these five festive wine cocktails! From a classic mulled wine to a more unique white wine sangria, there's something for everyone. So grab a couple of your favorite bottles of vino and get mixing to the recipes below.
This is the time of year when kids get to happily anticipate the holiday festivities, while the parents are left stressing to get all the details perfect. Tis the season! But why should kids be the only ones that get to relax and be gifted with treats? I say this year, you gift yourself with an advent calendar. But I’m not talking about the ones filled with chocolate or candies. I’m talking about the ones filled with WINE.
Yes, it’s a real thing. While the traditional advent calendar is filled with kid-friendly treats and serves as a countdown to the Christmas holiday, the wine industry (and many other beverage industries) have become very creative in developing the same fun countdown calendar that is now filled with the perfect treat after a day of holiday shopping. Wine advent calendars are particularly fun because they allow you to sample a variety of wines that you might not experience otherwise.
Take a look at my pick of the 9 best wine advent calendars for your holiday sipping this year.
We are officially in the holiday season! If you're anything like me, you tend to get a little overzealous when it comes to the holidays and want every gathering and event to be perfect, from the food to the drinks. So, I thought I'd lend a hand with your planning process and share some of my favorite wines for the holidays that your guests will love.
Here are my top wines for the holidays:
If you have a wine lover in your life, you know how hard it can be to find the perfect gift for them. Finding something thoughtful that they don't already have can be a daunting task. If you're stumped on what to get the wine lover in your life this holiday season, look no further - we’ve got you covered!
Check out our 30+ gift ideas below that range from apparel, to books, gadgets, and so much more! Go ahead and spoil your favorite vino-lover this holiday season with one (or more!) of these great gifts.
Let’s say you’re interested in purchasing multiple bottles of wine at one time. Most shops have a discount for purchases of 6 (half-case) or 12 (full-case) bottles so this is a great idea for your wallet. The only problem - you need somewhere safe to store them. Wine is a living substance and can be ruined even from within its glass bottle - so it’s important that you store your wine correctly!
Follow this three step guide to storing wine effectively at home:
STORE YOUR WINE AT THE PROPER TEMPERATURE