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Calling All Wine Dummies

Hello Fellow Wine Dummies
I am here to let you know that for wine dummies there is a website that is designed to teach you basic wine knowledge.

It is a known fact, the more the you know about wine, the better appreciation you will have for this wonderful product. I strongly recommend this site to the many people that are new to wine and seeking some basic wine knowledge that is easy reading.

This site supplies the newbies the basic wine knowledge to allow them to decide which:

  • Wine They Prefer

  • How to Find and Buy Wine

  • The Proper Way to Store Wine

  • Proper Way to Serve Wine

  • Which Temperatures to Serve Wine

The site is not designed to make you a wine expert but it will give you the needed wine information and a hopefully to stimulate a would-be wine appreciator to pursue their own wine desires.

As I stated you can tell right from the beginning that the wine information in this website is intended for the wine novice. It will not overwhelm you but will give just enough information and wine knowledge on which they build you a fuller understanding of wine. It gives some great hints for buying wine, storing wine and how to enjoy your wine purchases the most.

Is Wine For You?

Wine is a not just a nobleman’s commodity. A world, without wine in it would be – well, it would not very interesting. Wine takes the best of God and Mother Nature combines it with the skill of the winemaker to define the characters of the wine. It has been praised and written about by many poets. It has also been a part of the world’s history. I believe God designed the wine grape to be in man’s life.

Wine has health benefits for those who enjoy it in moderation

A wine grape has naturally the three key ingredients needed to make wine. The grape juice, the sugar and it is funny because the outside is coated with a wild yeast. If you actually squish a wine grape it could make wine.

Many people enjoy wine for many different reasons. Some drink it for flavor, others for how it pairs with food. Some love the the effect the alcohol has on their senses. But a growing group drink wine for resveratrol and the health benefits if offers.

So what ever your reason enjoy the journey>>>>>>>

Wine Basics for Wine Beginners

Some Simple Wine Basics

We all know that wine comes in two basic types, white wine and red wine. There is also a third type and that is rose or blush wine. Roses are hard to find but many styles of White Zinfandel can be found.

I have recently been reminded by a Wine Beginner that there is now a fourth type called “green” or organic wine. Lucky they are not really green in color. If you want more info on organic check out this Wine Information- Wine Beginner Wine Blog and the post on green organic wine.

White wines are normally made from white wine grapes and the red from the red wine grapes. What a lot of people don’t understand is that when any wine grape is squeezed the juice comes out white. Then how do we get some of those beautifully colored red wines?

During the wine process the red grapes are crushed. The red skins and even the stems are left in the wine to soak as fermentation starts. The longer the skins soak in the wine the darker the color becomes.

Ever wonder where they came up with the wine “White Zinfandel”? Normally Zinfandel is a dark red wine. Years ago the trend for the American people was simply to drink red wines. Like all trends this was to change. The new trend changed to drinking white wines which could be drank cold. The wine growers were caught with their fields full of red zinfandel grapes.

To make a long story short the winemaker pulled the skins from the red zinfandel tank sooner, leaving the wine a light pink color which was then called White Zinfandel. The wine was sweeter than a normal zinfandel and could be drank cold. Problem solved.

The color, grape blend and alcohol content are all determined by mother nature and the wine blender. Depending on what is found in the raw wine will influence the blender, along with his/her expertize and palate on developing a wine.

What to learn more about why white wines have acidity and red wines have tannin go to a easy to understand, see the article on New World Wine and follow the informative links.

New World Wines For The Wine Novice

New World Wines are those produced outside the traditional wine growing areas of Europe which are known as old world. The Wine Information – The Beginner’s Blog specializes on information about New World Wines, it is easy to understand and is perfect for the wine beginner. New World Wines are marketed to a larger general audience and are considered a wine value and sometimes are known as cheap wines. The wines are not aged as much as some others but the winemakers have learned to use the art of blending different wines to make the wines drinkable sooner.

Join us to learn about the wines from Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa, United States and even some from Canada. These wines are normally perfect to use as your everyday or very suitable for a novice beginning their wine experiences.

When discussing less expensive, I prefer the term inexpensive wines compared to cheap. I find them perfect as my everyday wine but also on weekends as hamburger wine or deck wine. These are wines made to enjoy not to over analyze.
If looking for a white wine that is clean, crisp and refreshing then try a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. This is a dry wine with a melon or grapefruit type finish that works as a beverage but is best served with foods such as seafood, fish or a salad.

A red wine that is easy to drink and can stand a little chill (20 minutes) is a Oregon Pinot Noir. This is a dry wine that has low tannin, light in body and perfect for a nice beverage wine.

Want to learn more about the New World Wine then I suggest you check out this easy to understand Wine Information – A Wine Beginner’s Wine Blog.

Make sure you also read the articles about resveratrol and why red wine is considered healthy for us with moderation.


Invite Friends for Wine Tasting

Have you finished the Wine Information – Wine Beginners Wine Blog yet?

If yes, then look at trying out your new found wine knowledge with a Wine Tasting Party. If you don’t really know how to go about it or your wine knowledge is below par, go to which will supply you with the basic wine information you need. We will discussed the basic wine tasting steps here but there is a great book available called Wine Tasting With Friends. Click the title for further information on how to order book.

Lets get back to the wine tasting. If you have been casting about in your mind for some way to entertain your friends and to look good doing it, consider a wine tasting party?

Determine Theme

Now wine tasting can turn out to be an expensive affair if you arrange for things so that you supply all the wine. For a great informal affair that doesn’t break the bank, a BYOB affair works great. But before you actually send out those emails to invite your friends, you certainly need to have everything mapped out for yourself. For instance, what kind of theme will you have for the wine tasting event? To decide, you need to familiarize yourself little bit with how things go in the land of wines. For instance, a great way to set up a wine tasting event would be to take a certain kind of wine, reds for instance from the New World Wine area, and then to have everyone bring wines of that kind from the New World Wine area. Australia has a great red wine called Cabernet and Malbec is from Argentina, etc.

Invite the Guests

With a little research, again check out a Novice’s Wine Guide where you can find a list of the New World Wine areas. Give everyone a area or region and a dollar amount to spend for their red wine. You will easily come up with a New World Tour of Red Wines.

The first thing you do when people show up with all the bottles of wine is to make sure everything is anonymous. Every wine bottle is to be covered in a paper bag.(ask your local wine/liquor store for a few). Mark the bags with numbers to keep them straight. I suggest tasting all the Cabernets together and all the Pinot Noirs together. Makes the wine comparison easier. If you are going to use red and whites drink the white wines first the reds.

Now that you have a theme, you need to start planning for a wine tasting party that will bring out the best in your theme. You don’t do a wine tasting party to try to be pretentious. It’s really all about the guests learning how to really appreciate life’s finer pleasures. It is about learning how wines can be different in subtle and noticeable ways. So your wines are covered. This way, people won’t look at the label and say to themselves, “Oh, this is a Cabernet – I’ve heard it’s supposed to be a world-famous wine; I’d better say I like it!”. With the bottles all covered up, people can judge the wines they taste just by the way they taste. Like or don’t like!

For each bottle of wine , you need to have a space listed on a tasting sheet. This way, everyone can note down what they thought of each wine. Before you actually get to the tasting part, you are supposed to savor the wine in other ways. Wine connoisseurs take a lot of pleasure in the color and clarity of the wine, and the bouquet or aroma of it. They hold it up against the light to see the color. They swirl it around in their glass to release the bouquet. (trick here is have your guests put the glass on a table and swirl the glass around – a lot less dangerous) The goal is to smell all kinds of scents. Make sure your tasting sheet has a area for each of those steps. Color – Clarity – Bouquet – Taste – Like – Don’t Like.

Again check out the Wine Information – Wine Beginners Wine Blog for more helpful information and wine terms to bring you up to speed. May want to print out the wine terms to have available. Also make sure you read the section on using the wine’s back label and the winemakers notes.

There is quite a bit of a debate around wine tasting do with whether you’re supposed to drink in every sip or spit it out. Most people agree that you can’t have a wine tasting event where everyone drinks everything they taste. They’d be drunk in no time. You probably want to have a dump bucket for everyone so that they can spit. And make sure that everyone has plenty of water to drink between sips, crackers and cheese to clear their palate and also water to rinse glasses in-between wines.

Then comes the tasting. Doing a wine tasting on the first couple of wines may feel like you need a cheat sheet from The Wine Guide. ( print out the wine terms) But you don’t even need to put on any airs. Wine isn’t just for snooty rich people anymore. It’s for everyone. And everyone needs to learn. Remember wine is an opinion and every one’s opinion differs. The best thing you can come up with is do you like the wine or do you not. Salute!

Drink Wine to be Green

Is Organic Wine Green?

If you choose to enjoy wines that helps promote the health of your body, the workers and our planet, my green hat is off to you!!

The key to finding a any wine is to learn to read the wine labels, the front and the back label of the wine to gather needed information.

When you look at the wines, one label says:

  • The wine is made from 100% organic grapes.
  • Another bottle says that its contents are bio-dynamic.
  • The next claims the wine to be sustainable and organic.

Are You Organically Wine Confused Yet?

With different wine information and terms like this it can be hard to figure out the wine and determine the taste of the organic wine before you buy it ? To make a good decision about any wine, organic or not, you need to have some basic wine knowledge. A great place to learn is online at is at Wine Information. The site is full of free wine information that is easy to understand. Designed for the wine beginner.

In United States, the wine makers don’t get to claim the organic label unless they first register and qualify their wine practices. Once they have registered they are required to follow strict rules.

In the wine industry adhering to strict rules is not the way wine makers have learned to make a good wine. It is these rules that make it hard to find a good tasting organic wine because it puts limitations on the wine maker.
A true 100% organic wine requires a process that involves no preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers or chemical cleansers.

This makes the process, from growing, fermenting and bottling much more difficult for the winemaker and shortens the shelf life of the wine.
These are the main reasons it is hard to find 100% certified organic wine.

Using organic cleansers and preservatives does not work well for wine maker and the wines have a short shelf life and can spoil easily.
Another problem with trying to buy 100% organic wine, is that there isn’t any gold standard like the Good House Keeping of Wine – no seal that helps you know what you’re buying. Usually, you have to read everything on both labels to find out how it’s made and then it can still be hard.
There is One Rule to Follow: If the label does not say 100% organically grown grapes, do not buy the wine.
See, I have learned from experience to buy wine made from 100% organically grown grapes. If the wine producer went through the trouble of growing his/her grapes organically then he/she will not likely be adding all kinds of additional chemicals to the wine.

Many will use sulfur dioxide for a preservative because it is tried and true. I makes their wine and life better.
Now sulfur dioxide is a natural bi-product of the wine process. It is also used as a cleaner and preservative in the wine process.
Some people have a problem with it and should look for No Sulfite Added wines (NSA wines) which will not have any additional sulfite added during the process. Caution here: Make sure the wine is fresh as the sulfur dioxide is normally the preservative of choice.

If you want to learn more about organic wine ..check it out.