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Friday 09/19/08 - White Zinfandel

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Make Wine, Not War

Homemade wine may seem like a crazy concept, as if it came about after a bad acid trip by Betty Crocker. But, it?s really not that crazy at all. In fact, winemaking in the home is an old tradition. It was born out of necessity; prior to the 20th century the wine sold commercially was extremely expensive and those who didn't want to drink away their paycheck found another option. They began to make their own wine. This was a much cheaper way to produce a bottle, but the flavor of the wine often suffered and the alcohol content fluctuated: one batch of wine would have very little alcohol, while the next would be wine's version of Ever Clear.

Innovations in winemaking have led to a drastic improvement in homemade quality. What once appeared to be an art reserved only for accomplished viticulturists or people who could stomp on grapes with the grace of a Michael Flately is now an art that everyone can take a sip of. So roll up your leaves, grab some supplies and make wine, not war.

From a technical standpoint, you could make wine with a vat of grapes and some (hopefully clean) feet; wearing an outfit straight out of the Renaissance may also help. But, for those who aren?t likely to spend their day getting purple, you have one of two choices: purchase several supplies or a winemaking kit. If you choose the former, you will need to procure a slug of ingredients, and a lot of equipment. You will also have to follow such specified and stringent instructions that the process of winemaking may seem like a dictatorship: the grapes will have absolute power and Mussolini will demand the first sample. However, if you choose to purchase a winemaking kit, you will find the art of producing homemade wine is much easier and much more enjoyable.

Winemaking kits can be purchased in all kinds of places. Some home furnishing stores sell them but online is one of the best places to look. The online inventory is extremely diverse ? you can find winemaking kits for making red wine, winemaking kits for making white wine, winemaking kits for making fruit wine, and winemaking kits for making sherry, just to name a few. Depending on the kit, the price can vary. Some kits are under a hundred dollars while others can be quite expensive; it purely depends on what you?re looking for.

No matter the type or price of the kit, most winemaking kits come with similar equipment. The supplies include a fermenter with lid, a carboy, a large spoon, a recipe book, sanitizing products, a hydrometer, a corker, corks, an airlock, a siphon hose, a siphon, a bottle filler, a bottle brush, equipment instructions and winemaking instructions.

Some people may enjoy the challenge of making wine without a kit, but for those of you who are novice winemakers, a winemaking kit is the best bet. Spending the day making wine for yourself or your friends is a great way to get acquainted with the art of winemaking. Each time you do it, it will get easier. Even if the first batch results in less than stellar wine, wine that seems to put the ?low" in Merlot, rest assured, it just takes a little practice. Before you know it, you will be able to truly enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Jennifer Jordan is the senior editor at http://www.savoreachglass.com With a vast knowledge of wine etiquette, she writes articles on everything from how to hold a glass of wine to how to hold your hair back after too many glasses. Ultimately, she writes her articles with the intention that readers will remember wine is fun and each glass of anything fun should always be savored.

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September 18, 2008 - Champagne Bottles

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Knowing Australian Wines

Drink the wine that you like.

Sounds obvious, doesn't it? Sometimes, however, we get so caught up in what is the right wine and what is the wrong wine that we forget the most important thing: we have taste! We have our own individual taste and love drinking the wine we love to drink. Sure, certain wines traditionally match certain foods and flavors, but ultimately you are the judge of what you like to drink, no matter what the enologists say!

Australian wines are made from a careful perfection of fermentation and patience to produce great tasting wine. The country's vast land produces different kinds of wines where tasting each wine makes it harder to believe that they were made from the same country.

Here are the different types of Australian wines that are most popular on the market today:

1. White wines have extraordinary and a unique taste that still stands out among the others. They vary in color based from what part of the country they were made. Since Australia is an enormous country, temperature may vary too, which produces Australian white wines that vary in different color hues of yellow when poured in a glass. The deeper the hue, the richer the flavor is. The technique of swirling the glass around and sniffing it will give you a faint smell of fully ripened grapes.

2. Red wines have an unbeatable classic taste. The countries different climate conditions produce different Red wine tastes. Warmer climate regions produce more flavorful, richer and warmer tastes. While cooler climate regions produce lighter, cooler and more delicate tastes.

3. Fortified wines have a longer process of fermentation compared to any other variety of wine. It is usually blended with brandy to emphasize the wine's alcohol taste. This process will also help retain the flavor and color of the wine. The concentration of flavor and aromatic smell depends on the number of decades it was left to mature. Warm climate regions of the country usually have an advantage in producing fortified wines.

4. Dessert wines are distinguished in their textures. Its a honey-like and glutinous texture that is made by a natural occurring fungus. These natural fungus draw in moisture, which causes the increase in sugar concentration, acidity and fruit flavor. The wine is best served along with fruit desserts, blue and soft cheese that balances acidity and creates an excellent taste.

Australian wine makers are grasping the fast and dynamic technology to produce a world-class variety of wines. They are using their expertise and variety of techniques to satisfy consumers and introduce them to a whole new taste experience.

White with fish, red with meat? Not always.

Everyone knows that fish meals should be accompanied by white wine and meat dishes should be accompanied by red wine. But adhering to strict wine rules takes the fun out of choosing wines. Trust your own sense of taste. A wine should do one of two things: complement or contrast. Not all fish dishes are cooked in the same way, so why should they all be accompanied by white wine? Consider the dish, the way it is cooked, the spices and seasonings added, and then choose a wine that complements those elements or contrasts, that is if you want a more intense experience.

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