Wine Facts

From how to distinguish wine notes to how to choose organic wine, wine facts will give you the down-low on all things vino.


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Tiny Traces of Fukushima Found in Limited California Wines

Chernobyl affected European wines. Fukushima seems to have affected at least a small slice of California wines. The question is how much?

Wine Glasses Have Doubled in Size Since the '90s

One glass of wine might not be a big deal, until you consider how much glass sizes have increased.

Champagne Science: There's a Lot Going on in That Bottle of Bubbly

Champagne may seem simple — bubbly, boozy, bold — but there's a complicated path from vine to glass, as our new FoodStuff podcast explains.

Climate Change Is Affecting French Wines — For Good and Bad

Might we one day see a Burgundy region sans pinot noir or a Bordeaux without cabernets? A new study shows how global warming temperatures affect grape harvests.

Does expensive wine taste better than cheap wine?

As the old saying goes, appearances can be deceiving. Most of us use price, the label on the bottle and vintage to prejudge a wine's quality. But do expensive wines actually taste better, or is it all just sour grapes?

How did people discover wine?

Wine lovers are sometimes called snobby, in part because they seem to speak a language of their own. Yet, their beloved beverage likely had some humble beginnings.

Is red wine really good for you?

Red wine aficionados happily drank up the news that their favorite libation was actually good for them. But how have those oft-touted studies held up?

Buying Wine Online

No time to visit a wine shop? Why not buy online from the large number of merchants that now have a Web site? Learn about buying wine online.

Wine Storage

No cellar in your fifth-floor apartment? Don't worry. Every home has a place where wine can be stored. Learn about wine storage here.

What Wines to Store

If the last glass of wine from a bottle tastes better than the first, then chances are it will improve with age. Learn what wines should be stored here.

Buying Wine

If you live next door to a winery, great. If you don't, where's the best place to grab a bottle? Learn the best place to buy wine here.

Pairing Food and Wine

As in any good partnership, food and wine should complement each other, rather than be at war. Learn how to pair food with wine here.

Pairing Wine with Savory Food

When pairing food and wine it is necessary to consider the seasonings in the dish and how it was cooked. Learn how to pair wines with savory foods here.

Pairing Wine with Sweet Food

Some sweet wines need not be paired with food at all because they are almost a dessert in themselves. Learn how to pair wine with sweet food.

Cabernet Franc Grapes

Cabernet Franc is usually content to play second fiddle to other grape varieties. Learn about Cabernet Franc grapes.

Chardonnay Grapes

Loved by both wine drinkers and winemakers, Chardonnay has few competitors for the title of world's finest white grape. Learn more about Chardonnay grapes.

Chenin Blanc Grapes

Bad Chenin Blanc is truly dreadful. Great Chenin Blanc is truly sublime, and capable of lasting for years. Learn more about Chenin Blanc grapes here.

Fortified Wine

Fortification of wines originated to preserve wines in warm climates, or to stabilize them for long sea journeys. Learn more about fortified wines here.

Grenache Grapes

A wild gypsy of a grape, Grenache can make everything from light, refreshing rosés to herby and long-lived reds. Learn more about Grenache grapes.

Malbec Grapes

Malbec grapes present very different faces depending on which part of the world you're in. Learn more about Malbec grapes here.

Merlot Grapes

Soft, plummy and yummy, like Cabernet Sauvignon without the pain. At least that's what Merlots are supposed to taste like. Learn more about Merlot grapes.

Muscat Grapes

One of the friendliest grapes you'll find, the versatile Muscat makes lovely grapey whites wherever it's grown. Learn more about Muscat grapes.

Nebbiolo Grapes

Nebbiolo grapes are arguably the sulkiest of all grape varieties. Learn more about Nebbiolo grapes.

Pinot Gris Grapes

Fat and spicy, or crisp and light? Pinot Gris/Grigio can turn its hand to both styles with aplomb. Learn more about Pinot Gris/Grigio grapes.

Pinot Noir Grapes

Feral, fruity, earthy, velvety in texture — nothing else matches top-class Pinot Noir. Learn more about Pinot Noir grapes.