When Do You Decant a Wine?

When Do You Decant a Wine?

We’ve all seen a sommelier gently pouring a bottle of older wine into an elegant decanter and service from this fancy glassware, not the bottle.  But why do they do this?  And when is it appropriate? There is one main reason to decant a wine and a secondary...
How Does the Wine Distribution System Work?

How Does the Wine Distribution System Work?

The three-tier distribution system (Maker – Distributor – Retailer) goes back to the repeal of Prohibition in the United States in 1933.  The states were put in charge of the laws around distribution of alcohol, but the states and the federal governmentwere...
What is the Difference between a $10 and $100 Bottle of Wine?

What is the Difference between a $10 and $100 Bottle of Wine?

If you answered $90, you are only partially right.  You can spend a widely varying amount on a bottle of wine, from a bottle of Barefoot wine at under $5.00 to a bottle of  of Chateau Petrus at nearly $5,000.  They are both wine, made from grapes, so...