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How To: Open and pour a bottle of sparkling wine

Loïc Le Calvez, senior winemaker of Taltarni Vineyards, has experienced all of the wrong ways that people open and pour sparkling wine: shaking the bottle, popping the cork, leaving the glass on the table while pouring too vigorously. Heres the right way to celebrate with bubbly. Follow along with this how-to video to learn the proper way to open and pour a bottle of sparkling wine.

How To: Sanitize your mead making equipment

If you make mead honey wine or are thinking about making some you have to be very conscious of the santization of your equipment. This tutorial looks at how to correctly clean and sanitize your equipment so you have a successful batch of mead.

How To: Make a your own mead honey wine

Watch this video series to learn how to make your own honey wine, known as mead. Mead is a fermented alcoholic beverage made of honey, water, and yeast. Check out other videos on how to cork the bottles and tips on making different flavored meads.

How To: Open a bottle of wine with no spills

Until you get the hang of it, removing the cork from a bottle of wine can be tricky. Check out these instructions for opening a bottle of wine using a wine key. This video shows you the parts of a wine key, preparing the wine bottle, opening the wine bottle, troubeshooting is the cork breaks and finally serving the wine.

How To: Properly open and serve a bottle of wine

Are you one to pop open a bottle of wine and throw back a few glasses immediately until it's gone? Well, you may not be aware of this, but there is a science to the proper way to open a bottle of wine. In this video, learn from Wine Tasters TV and Giammario Villa the correct way to open and serve a bottle of wine for friends or in a restaurant.

How To: Drink from a bottle of wine without a corkscrew

Need to open a bottle of wine but don't have a corkscrew? Take heart, thou déboucheur. With this oenophile's how-to, you'll learn how to open a bottle of wine by forcing the cork down into the bottle with a narrow cylindrical instrument of your choosing. Note: This method is less than ideal unless you intend to drink the whole bottle.

How To: Choose the right wine kit for homemade wine

Want to make homemade wine? You're going to need a wine ingredient kit. This video goes over your different wine kit options and the differences between them. Wine is easier to brew than beer because it doesn't involve any boiling, and you can make 30 750ml bottles using a standard wine brewing kit. This video explains which wine kits contain higher or lower concentrations of grape juice, which will in turn lead to a more or less full bodied wine. Homemade wine is easy to make, and choosing t...

How To: Uncork a bottle of wine without a corkscrew

Sometimes you just don't have a corkscrew, and there's really no other way to celebrate with a bottle of wine without one— or is there? If you're daring enough, you can try out this method of boiling the bottle of wine, which will create steam gas inside the wine bottle, causing the cork to slowly rise out of the neck, until it pops off like a champagne bottle! Only try this method if you're willing to heat your wine slightly— it could ruin the overall taste.

How To: Choose between red and white wine when serving fish

Serving a seafood entrée at your next dinner party? Having anxiety about what sort of wine to serve along with it? Don't fret; this oenophile's guide will help you choose the right bottle to best compliment your meal. For more information, and to learn more about pasta wine pairing, watch this wine lover's guide.

How To: Become a Master Sommelier

The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the most exclusive organizations on Earth, having only inducted 158 Masters since it's inception in 1969. They are the kings of the wine-tasting world, and their wine knowledge and tasting abilities are unmatched. Does being an internationally recognized wine snob sound good to you? It does to us. This video features Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas giving a talk at Google about his life and how he came to be where he is, offering many tips and lessons...

How To: Open a bottle of wine with a waiter's corkscrew

In this video, Mike Supple from SuppleWine.com walks you through a few simple steps of opening a bottle of wine using a standard waiter's corkscrew. Mike begins by describing what a standard waiter's corkscrew is, showing it's parts such as the blade used to cut the foil, the hinge lever, and the worm (or screw). The first step in the video will show you how to properly cut the foil from the top of the bottle using the corkscrew's blade. The second step will guide you on how to insert and twi...

How To: Open a bottle of wine without an opener

Everyone's been there... You're about to share a glass of wine with a friend or loved one, and you can't find your bottle opener to open the bottle of wine. What are you to do? In this video, learn how to open a bottle using a screw driver, a screw and a pair of pliers. Warning: This ain't easy.

How To: Spit wine properly

During a wine tasting convention you may be a little apprehensive about spitting wine out. But rest assured that there is proper ettiquette in spitting out wine. This video will demonstrate the correct way to do so.

How To: Mix a Bellini cocktail

In this video, from Gourmandia, we are shown how to make a Bellini cocktail, which was invented in 1950. The first ingredient is Proseco wine. He then adds some fresh peach juice. He alternates pouring a little bit of wine and a little bit of peach juice into a large goblet for mixing. He mixes it by gently swirling the goblet. The proportions for the Bellini are one part peach juice and two parts Proseco sparkling wine. If you do not have Proseco wine, champagne can be used instead, and the ...

How To: Use leftover wine

Don’t pour leftover wine down the drain! Follow these steps to use up every last drop. You Will Need: An open bottle of wine, garlic, soy sauce, ginger, an ice-cube tray, orange juice or lemonade, club soda, fruit wedges, sugar, brandy, whole cloves, a cinnamon stick, orange zest, and a wine vacuum pump, wine-preserver spray, small bottle, or jar.

How To: Home-brew mead honey wine

Mead isn't as Medieval as it sounds; it's a delicious alcohol made of fermetned honey and water. This how-to video series demonstrates the process of mead home-brewing. These videos will help you to understand better how the process is done and can act as a guideline for your own home-brew mead. Watch this video home-brewing tutorial and learn how to make mead honey wine at home.

How To: Taste a white wine

Ange from iYellow Wine Club and Laura from LCBO.com discuss tasting a white wine. They cover how to get the most flavor and how to rate the wine. Watch this video wine tasting tutorial and learn how to evaluate and properly taste a white wine as well as learn how to distinguish between a good and bad white wine.

How To: Open a cold Champagne bottle

This is a very brief video demonstrating the correct way to open a bottle of sparkling wine. Always make the bottle is well chilled and pointing away from people's faces. Pour you champagne and enjoy.

How To: Decant an old Bordeaux

Older wines benefit from being decanted because when you bring oxygen to your wine it helps to bring out the flavor. Notice the choices available when choosing a decanter as you watch this how to video.

How To: Choose a Spanish Priorat

Priorat is an up and coming wine from Spain and you may not have tried any before. So check out this video as Gary gives you a review of the following Priorat's: 2001 Rotllan Torra Reserva, 2004 Mas Doix Priorat Salanques, 2004 Mas Romanis La Basseta and 2004 Melis Priorat.

How To: Choose an oak flavored wine

Gary hates the "oak monster" but in an effor to help you choose the best wines, he's offering to test some known oakey wines for you today (2004 Kanu Chenin Blanc Barrel Fermented, 2005 Raymond Reserve Chardonnay, 2003 Robert Young Scion Red, 2004 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apaltaand) and help keep the show about wine tasting unbaised! So if you love oak tasting wines, or are just looking to try something new, check out this video review of the "oak monster wines".

How To: Choose a Port wine

Gary tastes some Vintage Port from Portugal alongside his favorite Blue Cheese the classic and elegant Roaring Forties. If you like Port, you'll definitely want to hear his thoughts on choosing Warre's 1983, Graham's 1980 or Dow's 1994 ports.

How To: Properly store wine for correct aging

Good wine gets better with age, and some wines have an ideal open date years after the label on the bottle. How can you tell what wines will age well, and how to age them properly? This video answers all the questions you have about how to properly age wine. Properly store wine for correct aging.

How To: Make a delicious sangria using white wines

A twist on the traditional sangria, this sangria uses Sauvignon Blanc. Apart from the wine, you will need: 1 ounce blueberry vodka, a splash of Triple Sec, a splash of peach mizer, a spash of watermelon mixer, watermelon cubes, orange slices and lime slices. Make a delicious sangria using white wines.

How To: Homebrew your own mead

For the fantasy lovers, or a person wanting to get into wine making and has always wanted to make their own mead, this video has everything. You will learn how to create your own gallon jug of mead from scratch with raisins, honey, and water!

How To: Make homemade Spanish sangria wine

If you want to try making homemade sangria wine, this video will show you how it's done. You'll need some basic red wine, some spirits (like rum or cognac), some sugar, soda, cinnamon, fruit juices (orange and apple) and some freshly chopped fruit for garnishes.

How To: Make a jug of fruity sangria in one minute

Get drunker faster with this delicious summer recipe! Follow along and pull together all of your ingredients to make a fruity and delicious sangria in just a few minutes. This Spanish specialty works well for any occasion and you will enjoy taking a bite out of the wine soaked fruit in your glass. Enjoy!

How To: Drink Merlot

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to drink Merlot. Begin by pouring the Merlot into the glass and gently spin it to allow the liquid to spin at the bottom of the glass. This will coat the sides of the glass with liquid and add some oxygen to the mix. Adding oxygen will allow you to get a better scent of the Merlot aroma. As you lift the glass up, look at the "leg" of the wine. Then smell the aroma of the wine. As you drink the Merlot, take small sips. This video will benefit those adu...

How To: Taste wine like a wine expert

Leslie Sobracco discusses wine tasting on Wine Taste TV. She uses the four S technique, Seeing, Swirling, Smelling, and Sipping. Seeing is simply reviewing the color of the wine. Aged red wines should start to lose color around the rim after it has set in the glass for some time. This is due to the aging process. White wines will retain their color throughout because they have been exposed to air throughout the winemaking process. Swirling is placing the glass on the table and running it in c...

How To: Properly taste wine

in this movie we're shown two different ways to taste wine. First is the fun way. you taste it and decide whether you like it or not. The way to process if your putting a little more effort into is broken down into a few steps. Look at the color. The color tells a lot about the wine. Younger wines tend to be more purple and older wines more red or brick colored. Swirl the wine in the glass. Sometime by looking at it your able to see legs which can possibly tell you how much alcohol content is...

How To: Read an Italian wine label

Supple Wine demonstrates how to read an Italian wine label. Reading an Italian wine label can be tricky because in Italy there are more grape varieties grown than the rest of the world put together. The first thing to note on a wine label is the producer. Then, note the vintage year. Research what years are good for the different regions. Then, see the name of the wine like Chianti Classico. Chianti is a region within Tuscany. There are sub regions within Chianti that have specific characteri...