The Tipsy Grape

The Tipsy Grape

  1. What's the Deal With Sulfites?

    What's the Deal With Sulfites in Wine?   Many people are unsure of what it means when they look at a wine label and it reads, "Contains Sulfites." Often, wine drinkers may ask questions like, "What is a sulfite?",  "What role does a sulfite have in my wine?", or "Is it natural or did someone add it?" According to one of our most...
  2. Pairing Foods and Champagne

    Pairing Foods & Champagnes Champagne is regarded as "le vin extraordinaire"... to be served, enjoy and savored distinctively at celebrations. Yes Champagne is the choice for celebrations but it can also be part of everyday life... to be served at nightly family dinners; for casual summer picnics or a quick pick-me-up; for complementing a hearty winter meal or a light...
  3. Champagne by the Glass

    Champagne by the Glass Whether served as an apéritif or a companion to a snack, meal or dessert, nothing is as elegant and enjoyable as a glass of authentic Champagne. More and more restaurateurs in the United States are demanding nothing less than Champagne from the region of la Champagne in France because of their discerning patrons. And, following the lead of...
  4. Your Wine Questions Answered: Part 7

    Wrapping up our series of taking questions sent in by you, today's questions come from brad in Sarasota, Brad asks;   "What temperature should I store my wine at and is the glass I serve it in really that important?"   Let's break this answer up into two parts.   Temperature   Some say that the idea of red wines...
  5. Your Wine Questions Answered: Part 6

    Welcome back to our continuing series on answers to some of your most burning questions about wine. Today Thomas from Phoenix asks, "What's with the crystals at the bottom of my white wine?"   Cold, northerly vineyards such as ones found in Germany, and even in the cooler microclimates of California and Oregon, tend to produce wines high in acidity...
  6. Your Wine Questions Answered: Part 5

    Today's wine question of the day comes from Colin in Montana, Colin asks "What's the deal with sediment, is it good or bad?"  Deposit in red wine is usually called sediment and most often appears after the wine is fully mature. Some winemakers bottle without any filtration and these wines may leave a deposit on the bottle within the first...
  7. Your Wine Questions Answered: Part 4

      Hopefully you had a great weekend and had a chance to explore and enjoy some new wines. We are back at it today with our series in which we answer your questions. Today's question comes from Stacy in Minnesota. Stacy asks "So now that I've gone out and bought some expensive wine, I assume I don't just store it...
  8. Your Wine Questions Answered: Part 3

    This week we are answering questions sent in by some of you. This one comes to us from Jenny in Pahrump, NV. Jenny asks:What are Meritage wines?The Meritage Association is a group of American wine producers who were unhappy with the rule in American wine labeling that required all wines be composed of at least 75% of the varietal listed...
  9. Your Wine Questions Answered: Part 2

    We are continuing our series of frequently asked questions about wine, here's one from Chris in Dallas   Q: Are French oak barrels the best?    There are plenty of reasons to argue that position. All Bordeaux (great Cabernet, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc), Burgundy (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) and some Rhône wines (Syrah and many other varietals) are about the flavors of...
  10. Your Wine Questions Answered: Part 1

    The history of wine is rich and storied, going back thousands of years and tying in with agriculture, cuisine, civilization, and humanity as a whole. All of humanity’s knowledge, customs, and traditions involving wine could fill a library due to its vast nature. With that in mind, we decided to begin answering some fairly common questions related to wine that...

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