Red wine fights ageing…

… but only if you drink 2,500 bottles a day Drinking red wine to help prevent ageing would only be useful if someone drank more than 2,500 bottles per day, UK health officials have warned following several reports on a new research study. A US study on mice found that … Read More


The health benefits of gin

7 reasons gin is good for you When Julia Child, who lived to the age of 91, was asked about the secret to her longevity, she replied: ‘Red meat and gin.’ And while we can’t responsibly advocate chasing your steak and chips with a glass or seven every night, there … Read More


Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Sommelier

You don’t actually need to be drinking all that much. 1. Being a sommelier has to do with way more than memorizing facts about wine.First and foremost, you have to be a great server. You can’t just study wines and be a sommelier. You have to be comfortable on the restaurant floor. … Read More


Just What The Hell is Dutch Courage

Remember the time you took one look at the jerky, unfortunately muscly, buck-eighty bro at the end of the bar and decided yes, by god, you were going to fight him? Or the other time when after a few (tops, six) glasses of Cab, you took your wine-stained grin to … Read More


You Are Not Allergic To Sulfite

One of the things I hear frequently from people who find out I’m a technical guy for winemaking is, “I’m allergic to the sulfite in wine. What can I do?” My heart sinks when I hear this. Sulfite allergy is such an all-pervasive myth that it seems like an endless … Read More


Belgium’s New Favorite Beverage

As everyone know’s, Belgium’s most beloved beverage is beer.  It’s an undisputed fact considering our small nation has countless breweries across the country and many beers have their own specialized glass.  But this could change sooner than we think.  Two brothers, Jens and Jonas De Maere, are the cofounders of … Read More


The Most Impressive Wineries in the World

12 OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE WINERIES IN THE WORLD What used to be a visit to a farmer’s simple vineyard followed by the tasting of their wine out in the field – have no fear, this still exists in many places – have become high-end affairs in many locales, with … Read More


Is Eating With Your Hands OK ?

The Rules For Eating With Your Hands In India, Africa And The Middle East There’s an art to hand-to-mouth dining We often hear questions like: what did we ever do before the iPhone. It’s a fair question for sure. But, what did we ever do before cutlery? This summer, Oprah … Read More


Whats the Difference Between Champagne, Cava, Sekt …

Wine Terms to Know: Méthode Champenoise / Méthode Traditionnelle Sparkling wine is the hardest working wine in the business. Your average bottle of bubbly is expected to be fun, elegant, luxurious, mysterious, playful, and food-friendly all at once. Pop the cork on your favorite bottle of fizzy wine and you’re … Read More

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6 Management Lessons That Everyone Should Know.

There’s numerous ways in which you can better manage your work and your life, but here are six basic lessons that will prove invaluable. Read More: 6 Management Lessons That Everyone Should Know. #2 Is Priceless.Heartwarming

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From wood to wine …

France dominates oak barrel trade JONZAC, France — Crafted by artisans using high quality oak, “Made in France” wine barrels — in which age some of the world’s most expensive wines — are selling like hot cakes abroad, with exports making up 70 per cent of the market.   A … Read More



Jules Bianchi 1989 – 2015   by Joe Saward. It is with great sadness that I must report the death last night of Jules Bianchi, at the age of 25. Bianchi had been in hospital in Nice since November, having been repatriated from Japan after his unfortunate collision with a … Read More



As anti-snobs, we’ll be the first to tell you that there’s no need to purchase ultra-specific glassware in order to enjoy a drink. For instance, as long as you have a good set of wine glasses, you don’t have to buy Bordeaux glasses and white wine glasses (though if you want to, go for … Read More