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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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.

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

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

Sangiovese grapes are the grapes behind Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino and are grown throughout Italy. Learn more about Sangiovese grapes here.

Semillon, the often misunderstood grape, is behind some of the world's finest white wines. Learn more about Semillon grapes.


The classic grape for summer, Sauvignon Blanc is light in body yet full in flavor. Learn more about Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

Capable of providing both intellectual and sensual satisfaction, Syrah (aka Shiraz) truly is a grape whose time has come. Learn more about Syrah grapes.

The first sparkling wine was probably made by accident, as a wine refermented in its container. Learn more about sparkling wine.

Tempranillo is Spain's main contribution to the world of grape varieties, and the force behind that famous wine Rioja. Learn more about Tempranillo grapes.


The grape that defines hedonism, Viognier produces richly flavored, voluptuously textured wines that are all about pleasure. Learn more about Viognier grapes.

Rugged, full-bodied and full-flavored, Zinfandel is about as big and honest as a grape can be. Learn more about Zinfandel grapes on the TLC Wine Guide.

Think there's just a few crushed grapes and some sugar in your wine? Think again. There's a lot more that goes into making that bottle of vino we all love.

By Beth Brindle

If working with wine is your ultimate dream, there are a number of ways in. From making the wine to working the fields, we'll tell you about the 10 coolest jobs.

By Emilie Sennebogen


During the fermentation process, wine can turn out so many different ways that those who drink it have sought to know a little about that magic. What are some wine tidbits that you might not know?

By Rebecca Fairley Raney

Pairing wine with food can be intimidating if you aren't a foodie or wine connoisseur. What goes with pork? What's the best wine for pasta in a red sauce? We have 10 tips for picking the perfect pairing.

By Linda C. Brinson

Wine is produced, sold and consumed the world over, but which countries put out the most?

By Sara Elliott

Good wine is subjective, but that doesn't stop critics from making picks. Here, we've pulled together the five best wines under $12 based on their experienced palates.

By Emilie Sennebogen


Wine enthusiasts are eager to view nutrition research through rose-colored glasses -- ourselves included. We set aside our bias to find 5 facts about the nutritional value of red wine.

By Christine Venzon

Rose wines are favorites for warm summer days. They may have a hint of their fruity origin, but they aren't necessarily sweet.

By Natalie Kilgore

Here's to learning more about white wine and its place at your table.

By Echo Surina

Whether you're enjoying a glass of fruity red or crisp white wine, these accessories will help you get maximum enjoyment from your favorite vino.

By Stefani Newman


Grapes beget wine. Wine begets joy. And grapevine care -- including pruning -- is vital to getting the best vino. Learn how timing, technique and the extent of pruning affect vine health, grape yield and quality of product.

By Heather Kolich

Mulled wine usually consists of a family recipe and some serious spices. Read our guide on mulled wine, so you can whip up your own batch come wintertime.

By Emilie Sennebogen