Wine Education Articles

New Year’s Wine Resolutions

It’s the new year and you know what that means: time to make resolutions about being healthier, working out more, saving money, and keeping the house clean. These resolutions are all great, but, frankly, there’s a reason most resolutions are broken by February:...

How to Solve Any Holiday Problem With Wine

Wine is basically a miracle worker. Any problem that comes your way can be solved by wine in sufficient quantities when used strategically. Here are three situations you’re likely to run into during the holidays and how to get out of them with the help of this helpful...

3 Wines to Drink through Thanksgiving

November has arrived! Here in Houston the weather has been fantastic, with cool mornings and sunny afternoons. This type of weather always gets me into the fall mood with my palate turning towards heavier, richer foods and wine. If you’re feeling the same way, you’re...

5 Accessories for the Wine Connoisseur

Awhile back we talked about the 5 accessories every wine drinker needs, whether you’re just getting into wine or have been enjoying it for quite some time. Today, we’re talking about accessories more serious wine drinkers should consider. They take the basic...
Nakedwines.com- A Family of Wine Lovers

Nakedwines.com- A Family of Wine Lovers

Full disclosure- I originally joined Nakedwines.com in 2015 as the result of a promotional card in something I ordered. They offered me $100 worth of free wine- what was I supposed to do? After my first case of wine, I was impressed enough to become an Angel, the...

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Wine Tasting in a Time of COVID

Wine Tasting in a Time of COVID

Summer is calling and it wants you to enjoy yourself to the fullest! No matter what’s going on in my life, once June hits I want to take day trips, get outside, and enjoy the sunshine. And what’s better than spending an afternoon at your favorite winery, sipping on...

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American Presidents REALLY Love Wine

American Presidents REALLY Love Wine

In honor of President's Day, here are 10 facts your probably don't know about our presidents and wine: Schramsberg could hold the unofficial title of favorite White House sparkling wine. Every president since Nixon has served it at least once. Presidents Jefferson and...

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To Age or Not to Age

To Age or Not to Age

One of the biggest problems that casual drinkers and collectors alike face is wine going bad, whether you just bought and opened a bottle and there's just something funky about it, or you've got a huge collection and can't keep track of how old each bottle is. Since...

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German Wine: A Whole World to Explore

German Wine: A Whole World to Explore

December is here, and that means Christmas season is in full swing with holiday markets, Christmas trees, decorations, and music are everywhere. This time of year always makes me dream of German Christmas markets. I’ve never been to one, but I always imagine how cool...

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Make Your Winter a Little Warmer

Make Your Winter a Little Warmer

As the nights turn colder, we start craving warm, comforting foods and drinks- hot lava cake, warm apple pie, cider, hot cocoa, and mulled wine. Mulled wine is a classic, hot spiced wine made around the holidays (or anytime someone needs something warm and...

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October is…Wine Month

October is…Wine Month

Wow. October is a very popular month for celebrating wine. Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Sonoma County all celebrate wine month in October. To honor the month, today we're going to talk a little about what makes wines from each location special. First up, we'll...

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How to “Get Into” Wine

How to “Get Into” Wine

One of the most common questions I get is how to "get into" wine. There's something about wine that's intimidating to people. Maybe it's the number of options in even a small wine section at the store, or the way a small group of people have made it seem like only...

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White Mulled Wine- A Drink for the In-Between Seasons

Mulled wine, or Gluhwein, is a classic winter drink in Germany. While it can be made in many forms, the basic drink is made with heated wine and spices like cinnamon and cloves. The hot drink and warmth of the spices is perfect for a cold winter day. The drink is often served at the famous German Christmas markets to keep cold shoppers warm as they do their Christmas shopping.

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Haunted Wineries in the U.S.

America's wineries are young compared to those in the rest of the world, but they have a rich, vibrant, and haunted history. Yes, there are wineries across the U.S. that are inhabited by ghostly beings! Some of the ghosts are benevolent presences that protect the...

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Virginia Wine Month

Virginia Wine Month

Happy Virginia Wine Month! Yes, October is Texas?s wine month but the month also belongs to Virginia. You know what?s funny? While I?m a Texan through and through, I did live in Virginia for 4 years, so I kind of like that the two states share a wine month. In fact, Virginia is where I really started exploring wine. I got it in my head one day to check out a polo tournament and wine festival being held in The Plains. I have no idea why this sounded like fun- I wasn?t a huge fan of wine and I knew nothing about polo, but I went. And tried all kinds of wine from dozens of wineries. There was strawberry wine, chocolate wine, pepper wine (hottest thing ever!), viognier, cabernet franc, petit verdot, and many others. I enjoyed quite a few of them and my eyes were officially opened to the wonderful world of wine. I also watched polo for the first time, which was pretty fun even though I had no clue what was happening.

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Happy Texas Wine Month!

Happy Texas Wine Month!

Texas is considered a bit of an upstart in some wine circles, but the history of winemaking and grape growing goes back to 1662 when the first vineyard in North America was established by Franciscan priests. The industry developed over the centuries until today, when there are 8 AVAs in Texas with 4,000 acres of vineyards and over 400 wineries. The AVAs exist throughout Texas in various landscapes, including desert, hill country, and plains. As a result, Texas vineyards are able to support a large variety of grapes.

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