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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: Choose a good Chianti

This is a great episode that helps to explain exactly what Chianti is and what the different types mean. Gary tastes a couple different Chianti's and gives you his opinions and some great advice on how to choose a good Chianti (surprise you don't always have to pick the most known!)

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: Make homemade mulled wine with warm spices, honey and orange bitters

Mulled wine— if you've never heard of it, you never drank wine during the wintertime! Okay, maybe mulled wine isn't the drink of choice during the winter season, but it should be! And especially for Christmas! Mulled wine is basically a warmed up version of red wine, with warm spices, honey and orange bitters to boot! It's the perfect winter warmer to sip with friends in front of the fireplace.

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 an easy, cheap mead in two weeks

If you're interested in making your very own mead from scratch and pretty quickly, check out this next tutorial. In this video, you will be making an easy, cheap mead in two weeks. If you don't know what mead is, it's a honey wine and is made from a bunch of different ingredients. This video isn't the normal way to make it, but is still pretty good. Enjoy!

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: 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: 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: Slow decant an older bottle of wine

In this how-to video, you will learn how to slow decant an older bottle of wine. This is important as it reduces the sediment in your glass. These do not taste great with the wine. You want a slow oxygen process as well. Take a decanter and set it next to the glass. Slowly pour the bottle so the liquid hits the edge of the decanter. Make sure it is an even and gentle pour. You will see thicker chunks of sediment as you get to the bottom of the bottle. Set this aside for a little bit before dr...

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...

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 with your shoe

In this how-to video, Jake Westerfeld, the online media coordinator for Cameron Hughes Wine, will show you how to open a bottle of wine with your shoe. In order to do this, you will need a shoe and any kind of wine in a bottle. Make sure you practice safety before attempting this, so wear goggles and gloves. First, place the bottom of the bottle inside your shoe. From there, hold the bottle and shoe so that the bottle is horizontal. Next, band the bottom of the shoe against the wall until the...

How To: Prepare warm mulled wine

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make warm mulled wine. The ingredients needed are: red wine, sugar, cloves, orange, a small sliced lemon, and a cinnamon stick. Start out by adding the red wine to a pan and cooking on low heat. The video continues by providing step-by-step instructions on how to make the mulled wine. It allows the viewers to follow along and easily pause the video to keep up to pace. This video will benefit those viewers that enjoy making and drinking warm mulled ...

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: Make instant sangria

In order to make a really good quick little sangria follow the directions in this video. Start by filling up about ¾ of a cup with wine. Add a splash of coke filling up about half of the remaining space in the cup. Add some fresh lime by squeezing a freshly cut lime. Then use a spoon or a stirring stick to stir the drink up a little bit. It is just that quick and you have a nice festive drink for your event.

How To: Learn about a bottle of wine from the cork

In this video from Fusion Guy 09, we learn about why people are interested in corks in bottles of wine. There are certain things you should look for when the cork is presented to you. You want to make sure the cork is firm and not cracking. If it is cracked, that means air could have gotten into the wine and stored it. If there is leakage or seepage that is a bad sign too. It might have been stored in a place that was too warm. You can also smell the cork for cork root. He said if you can sme...

How To: Select the right wine to go with a meal

There are basically three kinds of wines; reds, whites and sparkling. A red wine typically is usually a heavier and more complex wine, where a white wine is typically considered a lighter and sweeter wine. Sparkling wines, called Champagne if they come from a particular region in France, is a wine where the fermentation process causes the wine to bubble. Sparkling wines are unique and I will not go into too much detail with them other to say that they tend to go very well with appetizers or w...

How To: Make delicious sangria

Everyone loves sangria on a hot summer day and in this how to, we learn it's incredibly easy to make. With Rebecca Brayton, from watchmojo.com, we are taken through a few simple steps. Helpfully listing every single item we will need, from the wine through all the juices and concentrates and fruits that will be added, to the final topper of sliced oranges, lemons, and limes, it's all laid quickly and efficiently. By merely mixing all of the listed contents together and chilling, you'll have y...

How To: Taste wine with Gary Vaynerchuk

Learn how to taste wine like a pro from expert Gary Vaynerchuk of the Wine Library. No need to be intimidated by wine tasting; pick up some pointers for maximizing your exposure to the flavors as well as how to spit that delicious wine right back out! Check out this video oeniphile tutorial and learn how to taste wine the wine snob way.

How To: Choose wine as a gift with Gary Vaynerchuk

Learn how to give the perfect bottle of wine from expert Gary Vaynerchuk of the Wine Library. The first thing to think about is what kind of person the recipient is. Do they want a brand name, or do they want to try something new? Check out this video oeniphile tutorial and learn how to pick out a bottle of wine for a gift.

How To: Open a bottle of wine like a sommelier

Opening a bottle of wine with ease in front of your guests is easier than you think. Entertaining expert Sebastien Centner shows you how. Get the cork out of a wine bottle without leaving any cork in it. This is with the precision of a professional sommelier.

How To: Open a wine bottle

Learn how to properly open a wine bottle. This is a skill of the finest waiters, sommeliers and bartenders. Never break a cork again. You need a knife, worm, and the lever. This uses a church key to show the technique.

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: 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: Brew mead honey wine at home

Mead may seem beyond old-fashioned, but it's a delicious honey wine that's simple to makde. You will need honey, water, lemon juice or zest, raisins, a stainless steel pot, a thermometer, a carboy, a bucket, and a spoon. Watch this video home-brewing tutorial and learn how to brew mead fermented honey wine at home.

How To: Rack one gallon of mead honey wine

This is an easy video tutorial showing how to rack one gallon of Mead. A racking device prevents aeration which is highly damaging to mead. Pouring mead should be reserved to the final step of going into a glass, in order to retain the integrity of the taste. Watch this instructional video and learn how to rack one gallon of mead honey 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.