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Are there other spirits and/or wines in the world that use the Sherry production method?

The method to produce Sherry and the respective Brandies, called Solera, uses several layers of barrels (frequently four layers). From the lowest layer they take the annual amount they want to sell ...
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Does adding honey to bottled wine increase the alcohol content?

I purchased a Montepulciano, added 80 grams of honey and some pepper, and then put it in the fridge. A glass of it after 24 hours seemed to me more alcoholic than what it was originally. Is it ...
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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 wine did people drink during the Roman empire?

What was the wine like that people drank during the times of the Roman empire? How alcoholic was it? I heard they diluted their wine with water, but why would they do that?
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Is it safe to drink a four decades old champagne?

A friend of my family gave us an unopened bottle of Bollinger champagne from 1979. It is a vintage champagne. Is it safe to drink? As far as I understand, the worst that could happen to alcohol is ...
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What is the benefit of organic red wine?

Red wine is a rich wellspring of a polyphenol called resveratrol, which goes about as a cancer prevention agent. It shields the cells of the body from harm and avoids perpetual infections. These cell ...
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Nowadays do wine makers use squeeze-by-feet method for grape juice extraction to make wine?

Nowadays do grapes squeezed/stomped for juice extraction like Adriano Celentano did it in the "The Taming of the Scoundrel" movie? Do some wine-makers still use such method of juice extraction for ...
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Restart fermentation stuck at 1.026SG?

I have a berry wine, stuck at 1.026SG and with a high malic acid (quite sour). Should I try to restart the fermentation by adding fresh yeast? What about yeast from another vat? Is there enough ...
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Vinometer reads 16% while SG says that can't be possible

My initial SG was 1.090 and now reads 1.026, this should give me an ABV between 8.4% and 9% but the vinometer is reading 16%, and I have a stuck fermentation with Montrechat (Premier Rouge) yeast (max ...
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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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When and why did wineries start diluting wine?

Commercial wineries sometimes (often?) dilute the grape juice with water before fermentation. This is done (according to that page) because the grapes have too much sugar and can kill off the yeast ...
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Why did my cherry juice turn directly into vinegar while never being wine?

These canned, additive-free cherries are packed in their own juice, watered down. I previously left this juice in a plastic water bottle while drinking it, for only three days, and it became ...
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How Are Wines Blended?

My favourite wine is a blend of Gewürztraminer and Riesling which (from what I can find) seems to be exclusively made in Australia by Rosemount and Hardys. This wine is becoming harder and harder to ...
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A geek's app for one's own personal wine notes [closed]

I have kept a text file of wine notes for years. Each entry is like: Wine #1 maker and wine name Date #1: Notes and cost Date #2: Notes and cost etc. Wine #2 maker and wine name Date #1: Notes and ...
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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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Distilling fermented beverages to remove head without concentrating alcohol?

AFAIK, good distillers discard (or at least reduce) the head (typically the first 5%) of any primary distillation run because it is predominantly less desirable high-VOC compounds. Is distillation ...
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Red wine service

I want organize a meeting around Italian wine but I have multiple question in my brain. I read a lot of page in this big web for prepare wine. My wine is not into a fridge. I know my red wine may be ...
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Wine Recommendation for Soupe au Vin?

Some years ago when I was in France, we would drink soupe au vin (wine soup) which was served extremely cold on hot summer days. Not being in France and the summer days are now getting hotter, I would ...
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Why moscato sweet?

Recently I'm in love with Moscato wine. It is very sweet. Is it real wine? Attached is the brand I consumed.
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What is the difference between ice wine, iced wine and late harvest wines?

What is the difference, if any, between ice wine, iced wine(sometimes called frostbitten ice wine) and late harvest wines?
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Should all countries have strict wine laws, like France does? [closed]

You can tell that the French take their wine seriously because of their wine laws. It may only be called Pomerol if it is from a small set of vineyards, and harvested by virgins at full moon at the ...
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What is the average percentage of commission of a commission only wine representative? [closed]

Just checking other views on what commission wine representatives make off sales.
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How to best serve a Madeira that's been in the fridge for a few years?

I've seen a few questions about what to do with some wines that have been in the refrigerator. I am planning on opening an unopened bottle of rainwater Madeira (aged 5 years) that has been in my ...
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What pairs well with fig wine?

I am going to make some homemade fig wine this year and would like to know what pairs well with fig wine. Here is the recipe I am planning to use: Fresh Fig Wine The common fig (Ficus carica) is ...
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Availability of Zinbardel wine

Back in the 1960s and early 1970s I used to drink a jug wine called Zinbardel. They stopped making it and I haven't been able to find it since. Does anyone still make Zinbardel wine?
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Rose colored wine cocktail

I have no experience in making wine cocktails and I would like a recommendation of a "rose" colored wine cocktail. The wine cocktail I am looking for should be as close as possible to the color rose ...
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Can I tell the wine from the cork?

Previously I asked a question regarding nomacorc. This has lead me to look more carefully at the corks that make their way into the boat. Now assuming that we are prolific wine consumers (only for ...
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Alternative corks vs natural corks. What is the difference?

I have noticed the proliferation in recent years of what most people refer to as 'plastic' corks in wine bottles. It turns out not to be plastic, but Nomex. My question(s) is (are): What exactly is ...
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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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Is there a modern wine that is designed to resemble an ancient Hebrew (Palestinian) wine?

After seeing this question on the site (Is there a modern wine that is designed to resemble ancient Roman winemaking?) sometime back and I became interested in knowing if there is a modern wine that ...
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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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What should I do when my wine's cork crumbles?

I bought a bottle of wine the other day, and when I attempted to open it, the cork crumbled to pieces! I was eventually able to dig a hole through the cork, and pour the wine (slowly) through a coffee ...
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Does wine have a low 'diminishing return' threshold?

Over the last year I've been getting more into wine, but not too extensively, only having bought bottles in the range of about $10 - $20 cdn. I've also sampled a good number of wines while dining out. ...
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Do wines from grafted vine stock taste different from non-grafted?

The Phylloxera plague of the 19th century devastated the grape stocks of Europe. However, Charles Valentine Riley and J. E. Planchon grafted the vines (Vitis vinifera) onto rootstock of an American ...
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Do restaurants ever oak their wine glasses?

Some time ago I was at a dinner with an oenophile who ordered an expensive bottle of red wine. After a few sips, he noted that it was very "oaky." I thought it was excellent, but I didn't smell any ...
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Traditional wine recommendation for a romantic evening on Valentine's Day?

Being a man of tradition and enjoying the finer things in life, I would like to have a nice romantic evening with my love next Valentine's Day (February 14). However I would like to keep the choice ...
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How to know which wine goes with which type of food

I'm planning on having some friends over next week, and since I really enjoy grilling I plan to make some good steaks for them. They like wines, I personally would just drink a cold beer considering ...
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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 wont change the whole ethos of the trifle. Here is a link to how to make a sherry trifle. ...
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What's the difference between Cava and Champagne?

With warmer weather upon us it is sometimes nice to just sit and enjoy a glass or two of fizz. However, what to choose. There are rows upon rows of fizzy wines and Champagnes in the shops. It seems ...
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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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Spittoons - in a friendly wine tasting

We sometimes do a friendly wine tasting. The idea is to discover good, well priced wines available locally - something that you might not have bought yourself. Everyone brings a bottle, they are ...
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Why is chaptalization illegal?

What is chaptalization and why is it illegal to do to wine in some places? (Like France?) Is it at all dangerous to consume chaptalized wine? What are the benefits (if any) of chaptalization?
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Alternatives to rum and gin to drink with meals

What could be a good alternative to either rum or gin to have with an evening meal (or lunch). I do not drink wine or beer. Vodka is well, to my thinking, just vodka, so I would like to find ...
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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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Sparkling wine from Spain, is it Cava or not?

I bought a bottle of Raventos i Blanc L'Hereu. Here is the link to official web site: Raventos i blanc. I am unsure whether it is Cava or just regular sparkling wine? I know, Spain has strict laws, ...
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What is this wine set element?

I have been wondering what is this wine set element - i cant think a use to it and google search showed other wine sets which didn't contain it (sometimes there was bottle opener holder in it's place)....
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How can I improve the flavor of a cheap bottle of sparkling wine?

How can I improve on a cheap bottle of bubbly wine? I thought of a few ideas myself but instead of wasting it I thought I'd ask. BTW, by improving I mean make it taste better.
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Wine fermentation in steel tank

When fermenting wine in a steel tank, should one put on the lid or should one leave it open? Now as I understand, if it's open to oxygen, the yeast will multiply much faster and so the fermentation ...
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Mint sugar wine

I'm planning on making sugar wine. I want to improve the flavor by adding mint but I don't know where I can get three cups of fresh mint. If I use mint extract, or mint oil will it do the same thing?
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How can I find my favorite wine?

How do I find my favorite wine? Obviously if I go drinking every bottle I can get my hands on I'd find one but I can't. Also, I already know the general feel of the wine I'd like; i.e. dry, sweet, ...