Category: Red Wine

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    Antioxidants in Wine

    Drinking wine is good for your health, and that's a mantra that has been going on forever. To be more precise moderate wine drinking is what's good for your health, anything beyond that, and the health effect is diminished.

    Thanks to social media, most people also know that antioxidants in wine are the main reason why wine is good for our health, and they are the ones that make a positive difference. But at the same time, their knowledge of the subject stops there. Continue reading

  • Mendoza vineyards

    History of Malbec Wine

    Malbec wasn’t a known name until some two decades ago when Argentina introduced it to the world. It was in the late 1990s when affordable Argentinian Malbec showed on the European and North American markets. Until then, the Australian Shiraz was the undisputed king of inexpensive, yet very popular, easy-drinking red wines.

    Malbec was an immediate game-changer and soon started making an impact on that part of the wine market. Its sudden rise was attributed to the fact that many wine lovers have already tried French versions labeled as Cahors or Bordeaux. Continue reading

  • Natural tannins

    Tannins in Wine? – Here’s Everything You Need to Know

    Tannins occur naturally in seeds, plants, wood, fruit skins, leaves, and bark. The technical term for tannins is polyphenols. Polyphenols are a type of macromolecules that are a combination of both oxygen and hydrogen.

    Wine tannins come from stems, seeds, grape skins, and oak barrels. When stems, seeds, and skins soak in juice, tannins are released. The more time they spend in the juice, the more tannin is released. Continue reading

  • Chianti region

    Popular Sangiovese Wine Regions

    Sangiovese is a very popular Italian grape variety. For quite a long time, Sangiovese grapes have been relegated to the wild grape category. It was not until recently that its excellent winemaking potential was discovered. It is the major variety used in making Chianti and some other popular red wine.

    Sangiovese is a very versatile grape variety. It can show a difference in taste when grown in different regions. Its taste can also be easily adjusted through the winemaker's process and the nuances of climate. For this incredible ability, many wines that originate from Sangiovese vary widely in taste... Continue reading

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    Château Musar Gaston Hochar Review

    Founded in the 1930s, Gaston Hochar spent time in the Bordeaux region, where he refined his wine making abilities, and often leads to comparisons with the Château Musar wines being compared to Bordeaux or Burgundy wines - and we can definitely see why.

    While the wine is made from a variety of grapes each year (Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault forming the main grapes, with Carignan and Granache filling the remnant), this wine is far more than a simple blend. However, this does mean that there is both significant bottle variation and strong ageing potential - although the price tag might make this hard to stomach, we’d recommend buying a crate if you’re able to and enjoying them over time... Continue reading

  • Japanese wine

    Top Japanese wines for your cellar

    Japan is best known for its national drink sake. However, it is its wine industry that has been making splashes in the last few years with its portfolio of domestic wines. The several medals that they’ve won at the Decant World Wine Awards witness the quality of their wines. There is an ongoing demand for these wines.

    The Japanese wine industry is still expanding, as well as their wine tourism. Here’s a list of wines that we think are the best Japan have to offer... Continue reading

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    Porta 6 Lisboa Review

    James Martin, famous celebrity chef and wine aficionado, recently caused a “rush” on the Porta 6 during a televised interview while extolling the virtues of the wine. As a famous British chef, we figured that his expertise was worth heeding, so we decided to place an order for the Porta 6 and see for ourselves what all of the fuss was about... Continue reading

  • Rustenberg RM Nicholson Stellenbosch Label

    Rustenberg RM Nicholson Stellenbosch Review

    With a dusty, almost incense-like quality to the smell, the wine exhibits some of the classics of the Stellenbosch terroir, displaying mineral notes (less common in reds by tradition than their white counterparts) such as graphite. Well balanced tannins combine with a slight acidic quality to produce a versatile wine almost reminiscent of a mild, less fruity, Malbec. The juices stride proudly through the tasting notes and push forward the fruity profile of the wine as the mineral notes begin to fade away to give rise to the true underlying flavor profiles... Continue reading

  • Viñalba Gran Reservado Malbec Mendoza

    Viñalba Gran Reservado Malbec Mendoza Review

    Coming from the Lujan de Cuyo region in Mendoza, the Viñalba Gran Reservado is one of our favorite mid-price Argentinian Malbec wines. As the flagship of the range, this wine was carefully curated by Hervé Fabre, IWC Red Winemaker of the year, a legend known throughout the world and recognized internationally for recognizing the potential of Malbec grown in high-altitudes. Continue reading

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    The history and popularity of Cabernet Sauvignon

    Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape single variety popular for its durable, thick structure and the vines have the properties of resisting the elements. After the discovery of the grape, the Cabernet Sauvignon variety started to be adopted in various parts of France by winemakers in search for more durable plants that can be grown easily, and the grape was produced abundantly in the region of Bordeaux... Continue reading