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You and your questions! It’s been a fun year keeping up with all of your curious minds. I know wine can be perplexing—hopefully I’ve helped you navigate it a little more clearly and, fingers crossed, given you a few chuckles too.

Below are 10 of the most popular questions of 2015. For more of my advice that people keep coming back for year after year, check out last year’s list of most-viewed questions—they cover many of the basics that can help you get a grasp on wine fundamentals. Also don't miss the questions about Champagne and other sparkling wines—one of the categories that prompted the largest number of queries in 2015. Here are the other questions that had you the most curious.

It's an honor to be a part of your wine education, and I look forward to finding out what else you want to know in 2016!

1. Can drinking old wine make you sick?

2. What exactly does aeration do to a wine?

3. Once you've chilled a wine, does it need to stay chilled?

4. What's a "cream" Sherry?

5. What's the difference between a Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay?

6. How do you make homemade red wine vinegar?

7. How long can I keep a wine in my kitchen refrigerator?

8. What's the difference between an oaked and an unoaked wine?

9. Is a case of wine always the same number of bottles?

10. Why is there an indentation in the bottom of a wine bottle?

Honorable Mention: Why do so many people hold their wineglass the wrong way?

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