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Can you please explain the difference between French oak and American oak barrels? Why do some wineries use new, or 50 percent American and 50 percent French oak?

Posted: August 22, 2005  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What exactly does the term "crémant" mean on sparkling wine? Is it simply a sparkling wine from France—other than Champagne—or is there something more to it?

Posted: August 19, 2005  

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I have heard that there was or is some confusion in Chile regarding the Merlot and Carmenère grapes. Apparently it was only fairly recently discovered that many of the Merlot grapes are actually Carme

Posted: August 17, 2005  

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I'd like to know how much I have to worry about TCA in my cellar. I store wine in the crawlspace of my house (generally pretty good conditions), however, I would occasionally like to kill mold with a

Posted: August 15, 2005  

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What is a reviewer saying when he or she refers to a wine as "backward," assuming the term has a standard meaning when used in wine reviews?

Posted: August 10, 2005  

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When I see a non-vintage Champagne rated, how do I know the one I see in the store or the restaurant wine list is the same one?

Posted: August 8, 2005  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

I sometimes see in tasting notes comments about a "long finish" or "heat" from excessive alcohol in the back of the throat. If you taste and spit, how can you acquire this information?

Posted: August 5, 2005  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

The usual pairing for a steak is a good red wine. However, I've heard that a strong white wine can go with red meat, but I've never had the heart to try what seems like an odd couple to me. Can you re

Posted: August 3, 2005  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Over this past winter, my summer house lost electricity, and the temperature went to below freezing for a couple of days. I had several bottles of wine stored in the cellar. The majority of the wines

Posted: August 1, 2005  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

You have mentioned that "vibration" is a problem in storing wines. One wall of my cellar is on the same wall as the thru-wall chilling unit (a Breezeaire unit 6 ft. off the floor). There is a "little"

Posted: July 29, 2005  

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I recently bought a couple of cases of a low-priced but drinkable California Zinfandel. Two of the bottles had a good deal of sediment and smelled like really strong Port. I ended up pouring those two

Posted: July 27, 2005  

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I have a question about WS ratings. It seems obvious that many wines improve with age. Well, can a wine's rating improve after several years as well, or is this factored into the rating when it

Posted: July 25, 2005  

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Let's suppose you're having a wine dinner where multiple varietals will be consumed. Is there a proper order to drinking the wines? Should I start with the Champagne? Whites before reds? Lighter wines

Posted: July 22, 2005  

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What does garrigue mean?

Posted: July 20, 2005  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

As a recent wine enthusiast, I was curious why white wine goblets tend to be smaller than red wine goblets, especially since whites are served colder and would necessarily tend to have their aromas mo

Posted: July 18, 2005  

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A recent visitor to Champagne claims the proper way to store sparkling wine is upright, not on its side. I would like to know the proper way to store both vintage Champagne for cellaring purposes as w

Posted: July 15, 2005  

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The final drip running down the bottle after pouring a glass of wine drives me crazy. I've been told I need to revise my pouring technique. I've tried "twisting" at the end. Nothing helps. Really, is

Posted: July 14, 2005  

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If I can't see the label on the wine bottle, is it OK to ask what wine we are drinking? Or might this be a breach of etiquette?

Posted: July 12, 2005  

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How bad is a day of rough handling for a good bottle of wine? Every time I go to my local wine merchant and buy some really expensive bottles, I worry about how bad the ride home is for them. I fret a

Posted: July 8, 2005  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Once I have opened a bottle of Zinfandel, do I have to refrigerate it, or can I leave it out—cork in, of course—at room temperature? Are there some wines that can be left at room temperature and some

Posted: July 5, 2005  

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