Wine Articles

4 Easy and Versatile Wine Cocktails to Spice up Your Night

I know this may sound crazy, but every so often you may want to mix up your wine routine. You can try some new varietals, which is always fun, or you can spice up the wines you have on your rack by making cocktails. We love wine cocktails because 1) they have wine in...

5 Accessories Every Wine Drinker Needs

A walk around any wine store or a few minutes browsing the internet will reveal hundreds, thousands, of wine accessories. There are endless varieties of glasses, wine storage, corkscrews, chillers, preservers, and more. It’s easy to get tempted to buy everything in...

How to Tell if your Wine is Bad- 4 Common Faults

Recently I opened a 10 year old Burgundy that I had heard great things about. I was so excited to try it. I poured a glass, gave it a nice swirl, stuck my nose in it, and took a deep inhale. Then I pulled back choking because all I could smell was vinegar. I decided...

I Have to Make a (Wine) Confession

You know how I always encourage you to try new things and be open-minded toward varietals, whether they’re new or you haven’t tried them in awhile? I have a confession to make. I don’t like Chardonnay. I have a severe mental block when it comes to the grape and I...
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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Fall Wine Festivals

Fall Wine Festivals

Fall is seriously the best season! The weather is cooler, so it?s more fun to spend some time outside, and there are tons of wine festivals! This past weekend was my birthday weekend (and The Sugar Vine?s anniversary!!!), so the boyfriend and I headed north for the Montgomery Wine and Music Fest. It was fun to wander around, sip wine, and shop while listening to music. It was a warm day but the festival had a great atmosphere and we had a really nice time. To get you in on the fall spirit, I?ve compiled a list of some of the best fall wine festivals around Texas!

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Must Try Houston Wine Bars

Must Try Houston Wine Bars

One of the things I love about Houston is that we have a huge variety of everything, including wine bars. Are you into an upscale, Euro-centric experience? There?s a wine bar for that. How about a neighborhood bar with gobs of history and great wine? We have one of those, too. Are you overwhelmed by the choices? That?s okay because I have some favorites that I am so excited to share with you! Although my favorite wine bars each have their own take on wine, they all have one thing in common: They enjoy wine, they enjoy sharing it with you, and they are all about having fun with wine.

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What’s Your “Room Temperature”?

What’s Your “Room Temperature”?

I?ve got a question for you. This may seem a little odd in light of this being a wine and dessert blog, but bear with me. At what temperature do you set your thermostat? Seriously, what temperature is ?room temperature? for you? For me, if I loved alone, it would be about 78. I live with my sisters, who are apparently polar bears, so it?s at 74. They?re comfortable; I?m often in a sweatshirt and pants. The boyfriend sets his thermostat even colder, at 72. So what?s your ?room temperature??

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Washington Wine: A Wonderful World to Discover

Washington Wine: A Wonderful World to Discover

A friend of mine recently hosted a wine tasting party at her home featuring wines from her beloved Washington State. The tasting opened my eyes to the variety (and deliciousness) that the Washington wine industry has to offer. Prior to the wine tasting, my primary...

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The Scoop on Fruit Wine

The Scoop on Fruit Wine

Here's a funny thing about wine: It's made from grapes, but taste and aroma descriptions involve any flavor under the sun other than grapes. Grapes are a fruit, but grape wine is just called wine while wines made from other fruits are called fruit wine. There are even...

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How to Host THE BEST Wine Tasting Party

How to Host THE BEST Wine Tasting Party

What is the absolute best party to have if you want to get old and new friends together, encourage them to mingle, and ensure they have a great time? Wine tasting. There is something about wine tasting that just naturally generates conversation. Everyone wants to talk...

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Ringing in the New Year with Champagne

Ringing in the New Year with Champagne

Champagne. It is synonymous with New Year’s Eve, celebrations, and joy. In honor of the upcoming New Year, here are 10 fun facts about the bubbly beverage. Champagne develops bubbles during fermentation after it is bottled. Before climate controlled cellars were...

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