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AOC Regulations and the relabelling of old Bordeaux

When very old Bordeaux wines are recorked at the chateau and perhaps relabelled, is this done in accordance with current or historical regulations ? I sometimes see 19th Century vintages marked '...
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Where can I find open APIs with wine data?

I'm looking for a wine API with basic info (producer name, name, varietal, region, expert rating, description). Wine-searcher.com has one, but it costs $350 a month and they won't give it to me ...
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Is it necessary to add sugar when brewing wine?

I was asking a few people irl about brewing wine and they were all stressing the need to add sugar to grape juice. Is it really necessary to add sugar? I find it surprising since, as far as I'm aware, ...
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What are some types of red wine that aren't buttery or sweet-ish?

I'm just getting into wine, and I've tried some red wines, but nothing I particularly liked. I found a few pinot noirs too sweet, and last night I had a Paso Robles cabernet sauvignon that was a bit ...
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Can a wine have an animalic facet on the nose or palate?

I come from a perfumery background with very little experience with wine. When I have heard tasting notes, they have been fairly unsurprising from the fruity to floral to green. However, I have been ...
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Can the drinking window of a wine be calculated?

I am yet to come across a bottle of wine with a 'best before' or 'use by' date. However, it is well known that an unopened bottle of wine tends to spoil after a while - typically years, and quite a ...
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How to select a wine based on production quality?

Recently, I started a question on the diminishing returns of wine, which resulted in an answer that brought to light that any given wine is a 'work' dependent on a number of variables, such as, but ...
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Is it safe to drink Iranian Aragh Sagi?

Aragh sagi (Persian: عرق سگی, romanized: araq-e sagi, lit. doggy [metaphor for extreme] distilled [beverage]) is a type of Iranian moonshine. This beverage contains about 50% alchol and made from ...
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Moving wine bottles from a vertical storage to an horizontal storage

It is in general better for aging to store wine bottles horizontally (or close to) than vertically. There are exceptions though. But what to do if wines have been stored for 5 or more years vertically ...
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Wine aging under cork vs screw-cap closures

Wines are commonly aged in wooden barrels made from oak. It is known that the wooden barrel affects the flavor, aroma etc. But, from online research, most sources state that the secondary aging done ...
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Marketing wine - does the label matter

Living in Spain one tends to get used to good plonk at good prices. However, now that I am based (for the time being) in the Canary Islands I come across a lot of Canarian wines. One cannot call ...
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I'm looking for a wine recommendation to pair with to serve with carne asadas?

What wine would pair well with carne asadas? I enjoy chardonnay as my daily drinking wine. I was wondering if something would pair better.
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Does freezing wine affect quality?

Does freezing then thawing white wine soon after (e.g. 1 day later) appreciably affect its quality? We accidentally froze some malolactic white wine for a day, and it tastes ok but maybe lacking some ...
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What online Italian wine stores ship to USA (South-West)?

What online Italian wine stores ship internationally? I know Vino75 does not.
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Why don't the French drink much Malbec?

I've always thought of Malbec as being a French wine, however when visiting France, it appears to be quite uncommon. Does anyone know why is isn't popular there?
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What is the difference between kosher wine and regular wine?

We have family members who keep kosher, and we want to bring them wine for Friday night dinner. Is there such a thing as kosher wine? What makes a wine kosher?
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Comparing/normalizing wine ratings

When I am buying wine, there is very frequently a label on the wine showing what the wine received on a 100 point scale from some wine rater. The overwhelming majority are Wine Enthusiast, Wine ...
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Traditional drinks mentioned in well known literature from 1900 or earlier?

Traditional drinks mentioned in well known literature? Does anyone know of any drinking traditions of a popular drink that is mentioned in popular historical literature. I am not limiting to English ...
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Angove's 1995 "Port": Drinkable or Not?

I came into possession of a bottle of fortified wine - it says on the label "Premium Vintage Angove's 1995 Port". I happened to be at Angove's cellar door doing a tasting and I mentioned to them that ...
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Who started pruning grape vines?

Does anyone know when pruning the leaves from vine first started or who by? I know it wasn't practiced until recent (last 500 years or so) but haven't been able to pinpoint who and when?
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What is the regulatory process of being able to produce and sell an alcoholic drink in South Africa commercially?

We have started producing small batches of a unique honey mead that is doing well in small to large stall type markets. What are the steps that need to be followed in order to get a license to ...
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Why is non-vintage wine so poplar in sparkling wine but not in still wine?

The majority of sparkling wines have no vintage. Every champagne brand has at least one wine that does not carry a vintage, and a small part of the production output goes into vintage champagnes. How ...
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Can wine made from orange and sweet lime be stored for a long time?

I am very newbie to this site. I know that wine can be made from orange and sweet lime. But is it storable for a long time ..? If yes how ..? Thank you for your help in advance.
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How come wineries and/or wine tasting events often so generous in giving samples?

How come wineries and wine tasting events are often so generous with their samples that people taste? For example, at many food tasting venues tasting samples are often very small in comparison. Are ...
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Does Caymus use “Mega Purple”?

I can’t find a solid answer on this. I’ve tried both special selection 2014 and the regular cab from 2017. Really enjoyed both bottles but I’ve read some things that suggest that they use Mega Purple ...
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Can white wine and red wine be kept in the same cellar?

I would like buy a cellar for aging wine at home, but I don't know if the white and red wine can be kept in the same cellar. Maybe at the same temperature? There are cellars refrigerated with two ...
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A romantic evening - what to drink?

OK, I want to create a romantic evening - everything is organized except for the perfect beverage! For various reasons, champagne is out, so is any type of wine or beer or cider. Thus the question, ...
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What is this sediment from my wine?

I saw this in my carafe after it had been emptied. I am assuming it came from the wine. It almost looks like a vine to me. Can anyone help me identify this?
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What pairs well with green wine?

What pairs well with green wine? Green wine (Vinho Verde) is basically an inexpensive young wine. Vinho Verde (literally 'green wine') refers to Portuguese wine that originated in the historic Minho ...
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Cooking with wine

I was always told that if I was going to cook with wine just buy a cheap bottle as it makes no difference once you cook away the alcohol. Is this true or would a more expensive bottle give me more ...
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Are gas injection based wine openers a good idea?

I used to work in fairly fine dining restaurants, so I know some about wine. The problem I'm looking at is my step-father has an impressive cellar, but some of the wines are rather aged. I think last ...
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Recommendation for a Sasquatch Day barbecue?

Group of hunting buddies here in BC, are planning have a Sasquatch Day barbecue on October 20! October 20 is the anniversary of the alleged Patterson–Gimlin film of a real Bigfoot. Hoping to start a ...
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Is it appropriate to request a bottle of wine at the table upon arrival at a dinner reservation?

I'm making reservations at a nice place on the bay where I'm going to go on a date. I'm at the point in the online reservation where I can write requests in a text field. Is it appropriate to request ...
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An alternative to sherry in trifle

I want to make a proper sherry trifle, but do not want to use sherry! Is there an alternative liqueur that won't change the whole ethos of the trifle? Here is a link to how to make a sherry trifle. ...
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Which temperature should be recommended in serving wine?

Every wine has its own temperature of serving so how we will predict the best temperature for serving wine or at which best temperature it should be served?
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What is this wine set element?

I have been wondering what is this wine set element - I can't think of a use to it and Google search showed other wine sets which didn't contain it (sometimes there was bottle opener holder in its ...
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Pairing sweet wine with dessert

A rule of thumb I've heard concerning pairing (sweet) wine with (sweet) desserts is that the wine should be sweeter than the dessert. For some references, see e.g., here or here. So suppose I'm ...
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What pairs well with cannabis wine?

What pairs well with cannabis wine? Cannabis Wine: Herbs have been infused into wine since the time of ancient Greece. These aromatized wines are now even being infused with cannabis. One such ...
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Why would wine sellers need to broach the cask?

I don't know if wine merchants still broach the cask in 2021, but why would they? Aren't casks manufactured with a spigot that a seller can just turn on, as shown below? I embolded the phrase below. ...
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What is the largest winery that supplies sacramental wine to the Catholic Church?

As the question states, I would like to know what is the largest winery that supplies sacramental wine for the Catholic Church? By largest supplier to the Catholic Church of sacramental wine, I mean ...
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Traditional drinks for celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany?

Most places celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. Are there any local, traditional drinks that exist that people have as a way celebrating this feast in a local and traditional manner? ...
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Dark winter days equal dark winter drinks!

Winter is just around the corner, thus what should I be drinking? My normal summer tipple of Gin and Tonic, or should I move over to darker more homely drinks, like perhaps rum and coke? Is there a ...
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Why is it every time I try an old expensive wine it's doesn't compare to a 25-35$ two year old wine I buy?

On special occasions friends or family have brought over expensive 20-25 year old bottles of Spanish or Italian wines to celebrate the occasion. I'm no wine expert other than going to the local Liquor ...
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Can aged home made wine be restored?

I found about a dozen bottles of my father's home made wine. My father passed away some time ago and I would like to restore the wine as a keepsake since I am not a wine drinker. Originally it was ...
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Is chilling champagne in the freezer detrimental to its taste?

I recently bought a Moet Imperial Brut for a special occasion and since it's the first time I have anything to do with something of that quality instead of a cheap sparkling wine, I'd like to do ...
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Why do you call some wines by region and other wines by grapes varietal?

Why do you call some wines by region and other wines by grapes varietal? What is the reason behind?
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What modern wine would considered close to the Greek Pramnian wine?

I would like to make Kykeon, as close as possible to the original recipe as possible. I understand the recipes of making Kykeon, but am at a loss as to what modern wine would be considered as a close ...
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Why aren't all wines vegetarian?

I've already done some research and from what I understand, in the fining phase agents such as fish bladders or egg whites are used to group together the debris in the wine. This makes filtering them ...
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What are the best paid wine database APIs? (most extensive and comprehensive)

I'm looking to implement a wine database API into my app. What are the most extensive and comprehensive databases to look for? I know about Wine-searcher.com API. Has anyone any experience with it and ...
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What is the technical term for the "vinegar/easter egg dye" smell in some wines?

I frequently notice a very specific smell/taste in wine. I find it rather unpleasant, so I presume it is a known commonly occurring wine defect (I notice it probably at least 30% of the time). The ...