Should You Trust Wine Scores?

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There’s no way around it. We all use some kind of scoring system for qualifying our pleasures. Whether it’s a new romantic prospect, a restaurant, or a wine, the idea that the essence of a whole can be summed up in stars or points has been wound into our appreciation of pleasure. Scoring things is in our nature. But it can be a good or bad thing.

Wine is one of the most objectified gastronomic indulgences to succumb to the scoring system. Wine critics, journalists, and judges happily rate the color, aromas, flavors, and overall quality of a wine after a single tasting. Not only does it give the wine a “pre-screened” value, it gives the taster a bit of clout as well. The more wine a critic tastes, and writes about, the more they are trusted.

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[This article was written by Benjamin Spencer, AmericanWineWriter, and published by Eligible Magazine. Follow this link to read the full article.]

It’s Okay To Judge A Wine By Its Label

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Have you ever found yourself wondering why some wine labels have a brand name or a grape variety on the label, while others have the name of a wine region? Does this make it difficult to decide what wine to buy? We don’t want to be wrong, after all. We want to know that the wine is a wine of quality and we want to be rewarded when we pop the cork and pour a glass.

If you are new to wine, don’t worry about making the occasional purchasing mistake. We’ve all made them. The trick is learning what the label is trying to tell us about the wine inside the bottle.

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[This article was written by Benjamin Spencer, AmericanWineWriter, and published by Eligible Magazine. Follow this link to read the full article.]

Celebrating Women In The Wine Industry

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Photo courtesy of Eligible Magazine

Women play a major role in the development of the wine industry. Some of the world’s most popular wines and brands have been created or piloted into the public spotlight by women. What’s more, women have been proven time and again to be better tasters than their male counterparts.

Whether they are pruning the vines, making the wines, developing marketing strategies, negotiating local and international business accounts, or entertaining visitors, the women of wine play an integral part in how we enjoy one of the world’s greatest beverages.

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[This article was written by Benjamin Spencer, AmericanWineWriter, and published by Eligible Magazine. Follow this link to read the full article.]

B-double-E-double-R U N – Beer Run!

This photo – found on Pinterest and luzfosca.tumblr.com – Erich Angenendt Historische Ansicht mit Bierfässern – Historical view with beer barrels.

The world of beer is about as old and diverse as the world of wine, dating back to Neolithic times (circa 9500 BCE) when grains were first planted for farming purposes.

Today, the type of grains and flavorings that craft brewers are using to create various styles of the prepared beverage are intriguing if only a little confusing for those of us who know very little about the ins and outs of the art.

Certainly, there are a plethora of opportunities for all of us to learn more: we can subscribe to magazines, or attend a seminar, or learn the craft first-hand through a local brewing course, or by buying a kit to make a bucket o beer at home … but what about those of us who are simply curious about the dark world of craft beer?

Now with a little help from our friends at CraftBeer.com, we have a portable style guide to light the way.

My goal here is not to do a long write up about the specific gravities, or differences in foam and flavor profiles found in CraftBeer’s 84-page eBook released last month – which fits nicely on a digital bookshelf on my phone. I’d rather turn you loose and encourage you to indulge your senses in what is quickly developing into an opportunity for all of us to enjoy beer more.

Life is too short to not drink good beer … period.

[Editor’s Note: The title of this short comes from Todd Snider’s song, “Beer Run”]

Wine Grape Leaves – A Study

I like playing the devil’s advocate.

For the sake of discussion, let’s take a look at the image above. Aside from the spelling errors, what do you notice about these wine grape leaves?

Are there any similarities between botanical design and the flavors that ‘define’ the grape wines made from that variety?

How about when you look at the depth of the sinuses (the pockets between leaf points) – do you notice any correlation to fruit precursors or the potential intensity of anthocyanins in the wines?

Are there any conclusions that we can make from what we see versus what we (might) taste?

Start a Wine Club You Can Love

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There are as many ways to fall in love as there are to fall in love with wine. No one way is better than another. With so many options available we could go bankrupt without ever finding happiness. One way to divert the monetary stress of trying each wine that everyone suggests and having some fun in the process is by starting your own wine club with friends.

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[This article was written by Benjamin Spencer, AmericanWineWriter, and published by Eligible Magazine. Follow this link to read the full article.]