Wine Savvy

WINE SAVVY: Three Styles of Dry White Wine

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 7/5/2016: Three Styles of Dry White Wine Sometimes people crinkle their nose at the words “dry white wine” but they also roll their eyes at the thought of “sweet white wine.” On the other hand, some just say, “I only like red … Continue reading »

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WINE SAVVY: Spain’s Rioja wines taste of strawberry, leather

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 6/22/2016: Spain’s Rioja Wines Strawberry and leather make an odd flavor combination. Nobody eats strawberry leather pie. While we don’t eat leather, the aroma of a fine leather coat or supple leather bag can be quite pleasing and strawberries, with their slightly … Continue reading »

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Organic Wine

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 5/25/2016: Organic Wine Wine is a man-made beverage that has been produced and consumed for more than 7,000 years. At its core, wine is simple and easy to make. The recipe is: grow grapes, harvest grapes, smash grapes in a container, leave … Continue reading »

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WINE SAVVY: Wine planning for weddings

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 5/11/2016: Wine planning for weddings During the past few weeks, I’ve been asked about selecting wine for wedding receptions, and while I’d love to say: “Here are the perfect red, white and sparkling wines for your wedding,” the reality is, there are … Continue reading »

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WINE SAVVY: Try rosé for your springtime wine

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 4/27/2016: Try rosé for your springtime wine All grape juice is white, which is confusing because white wine is actually shades of green and yellow, while red wine is shades of deep brick to dark purple or black. But generally most people … Continue reading »

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WINE SAVVY: A short guide to the most common terms on a bottle

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 4/13/2016: A short guide to the most common terms on a bottle If all wines or grape varieties tasted the same, selecting a chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon for dinner would be like buying a head of broccoli. But wine is the most … Continue reading »

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WINE SAVVY: A quick lesson on cognac

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 3/30/2016: A Quick Lesson on Cognac The most planted grape in all of France is ugni blanc, and no one drinks its wine. This is because ugni blanc is the base wine for Cognac production, and while ungi blanc makes a fairly … Continue reading »

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WINE SAVVY: Anatomy of a wine bottle

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 3/2/2016: Anatomy of a wine bottle. You can judge a wine by its bottle and this is one of the easiest ways to determine how the wine was made. There are three basic wine bottle shapes: tall, skinny, brown or green German … Continue reading »

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WINE SAVVY: If you like this, try this

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 2/17/2016: If you like this, try this. Last weekend Sara was having a clothing exchange. This is when a group of friends get together to swap clothes that they are tired of or that no longer meet their expectations. She made banana … Continue reading »

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WINE SAVVY: Corks vs. Screw caps

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 2/3/2016: Corks vs. Screw caps A few months ago I received an email from a reader asking about the difference between screw caps and corks. In the past, a wine bottle sealed with a screw cap indicated low quality, but not anymore. … Continue reading »

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