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How To: Get the right equipment for making homemade wine

If you want to make homemade wine, you're going to need some equipment. This video gives an overview of the wine making equipment kits. The equipment mentioned in this video includes carboy, racking cane, bucket, bottle brush, air lock, bottle filler, corker, and corks. Getting the right equipment is the first step towards starting your own batch of home made wine!

How To: Mix a kir cocktail

American Bartenders School shows how to make a Kir mixed drink cocktail recipe. You will need creme de cassis and white wine. Learn how to mix a kir cocktail by watching this video beverage-making tutorial.

How To: Host a successful wine tasting party

LX.com's Shira Lazar visits Grace Restaurant to receive expert tips on tasting, serving, and picking out the perfect wine for your wine party. Wine tasting can be an elegant gathering, or a fun party with friends. Wines should be selected with the food serving in mind. Learn how to host a wine tasting party by watching this video tutorial.

How To: Make traditional Sangria

When it comes to powerful punches, sangria—which takes its name from the Spanish word for "blood"—packs a truly wicked wallop. But don't take our word for it; mix up a batch and let the fiesta begin.

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

You can use a double action or winged corkscrew but American master sommelier Tim Gaiser recommends a "waiter's friend" corkscrew so called because of its universal use by, you guessed it, waiters. In this video, Gaiser demonstrates how to open a bottle of wine using this tool. Open a bottle of wine with a "waiter's friend".

How To: Choose an oaky California Chardonnay

Gary tackles oaky, over the top Chardonnay’s. Watch today and see how Gary reviews these three Chards: 2004 Ramey Hudson Chardonnay , 2004 Robert Young Alexander Valley Chardonnay , and 2003 Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay. He also gives a great overview of choosing wine glasses to use.

How To: Choose a Barolo or Brunello wine

Gary Vaynerchuk tastes through the Tuscany and Piedmont today when he tries 2 Barolo wines and 2 Brunello wines: 1999 Mauro Sebaste Barolo Brunate, 2001 Cerbaia Brunello Di Montalcino, 2001 Ciacci Brunello Di Montalcino, 2000 Parusso Barolo Mariondino.

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: 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: 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: Make wild grape wine

Ready to living a self-sustaining life? How's growing your own grapes and making wine out of them for self-sustaining? In this video, learn how to make a wild grape wine starting with grapes in their whole form. Get started making your own wine with help from this video.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Make sangria

There is no better addition to a barbecue than a classic sangria. Rebecca shows an easy way of making this Spanish punch. There are various types of sangria which can be prepared easily by just changing the flavor through the use of a variety of fruits.

How To: Open a wine bottle with Gary Vaynerchuk

Learn how to open a bottle of wine from expert Gary Vaynerchuk of the Wine Library. Never struggle to get a wine bottle open again with these easy techniques to wrestle off that foil and pop the cork. Check out this video oeniphile tutorial and learn how to open a bottle of wine.

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.