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Wine Spectator School

Class 1: Tasting Prep

what is wine?


Around the Table

Wine is a social beverage, at its best when shared with friends and family.

Sometimes wine is the focus of conversation, drawing attention to itself or to related themes in history, geography, agriculture, art and literature. Other times, wine simply enhances the meal.

Either way, wine adds pleasure to life.



In the Bottle

Wine is fermented grape juice.

The basic recipe for making wine hasn't changed for thousands of years:

Grapes + Yeast = Alcohol (Wine)



View the slideshow:
Wine Making Basics


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