Wine 101

How Somms Get Their Stars

Here are three common roads to becoming a wine pro.

Your Guide to Chilling Wine

Here’s your cheat sheet to pouring at the perfect temperature.

7 Wine Faults to Look For

The Wine Enthusiast guide to sussing out that stink like a pro.

Is Your Wine a Fake?

The Wine Enthusiast guide to safeguarding your cellar.

Wine 101: How to Taste

Wine Enthusiast's Tasting Director Lauren Buzzeo teaches you the five tried-and-true steps of sipping like an expert.

Six Styles of Ribera del Duero Wines

Wine Enthusiast Contributing Editor for Spain and South America, Michael Schachner, reveals what makes Ribera del Duero and its wines a key part of Spain’s vital wine industry.

Do You Really Know What Biodynamic Means?

Celebrate Earth Day with this cheat sheet on wine’s eco-friendly terms.

Top Wine Terms Defined

We’re popping the cork on wine’s most misunderstood words.

Spring Clean Your Palate

Six insiders share their secrets to pushing the tastebud reset button.

Cooking with Wine

Adding wine to your favorite recipe can impart wonderful flavor, but too much or the wrong style can put the kibbosh on a potentially delicious dinner.

Wine and Cheese

Wine and cheese are two of life’s great culinary pleasures, and finding the perfect match can be a delicious endeavor.

Wine Pairings

Each season offers some opportunity, great or small, for the worlds of food and wine to have a graceful pas de deux.

German Wine Facts & Terms

German wine labels can be intimidating: long, foreign words and ornate script are enough to make many consumers head straight for a different section of the wine shop.

Italian Wine Facts & Terms

Italian tradition is so closely grafted to the vine that the good cheer and easy attitudes associated with wine culture are mirrored in the nation’s temperament.

French Wine Facts & Terms

The style of French wine echoes that of the French themselves—elegant, well-dressed, showing an appreciation for the good things of life but never to excess.

Varietal versus Appellation Labeling

Throughout Europe, wines are classified by vineyard, village and/or region where they are made. This appellation system is based on precisely defined wine regions, some as small as a single vineyard.

White Wine Information & Basics

Learn the varietal characteristics of white wine grapes.

Red Wine Information & Basics

Learn the varietal characteristics of red wine grapes.

Glassware and Serving Basics

Insisting on a good glass is not snobbery; it’s common sense.

How To Taste Wine

Learn to evaluate wine by sight, smell and taste.

Wine For Beginners

Learning to taste wine is no different than learning to really appreciate music or art—the pleasure you receive is proportionate to the effort you make.

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