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: Drink sea smoke pinot noir

Wow - have you even heard of sea smoke wines? Well, it's ok if you haven't because they are not so easy to find. Until now that is! Gary gives you his advice on choosing and drinking sea smoke pinot noirs (in particular Sea Smoke Botella 2005, Sea Smoke Southing 2005 and Sea Smoke Ten 2005).

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: 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: 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: Create a wine cellar in your home

Like your significant other, fine wine deserves to be pampered. Unlike your significant other, it prefers a dark, moist, cool place. Here's how to create the perfect environment for your little pointy-headed loved ones.

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: 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: Decant a bottle of wine

Jennifer Frank is a former Sommelier and wine writer and currently co-owns California Wine Merchants, the first and only wine store in New York City specializing in California wines. Jennifer shows us how to decant a bottle of wine.

How To: Choose a Pinot Noir wine

It's time for another Pinot Noir taste test, but let's face it there's a lot out there and it's a popular choice. So pay attention to the years and wines listed for this video review (2003 Fischer Pinot Noir, 2002 Chehalem Ridgecrest Pinot Noir, 2004 Chasseur Russian River Pinot Noir, 2003 Caves De Colombe Pommard) since that's the distinguishing mark between the "pinot videos".

How To: Compare California and French chardonnay

Technically it's the California Chardonnay vs. the French White Burgundy but since they both use the Chardonnay grape it's still a battle. In this video Gary tastes and compares two against two: 2004 Pessagno Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay and 2004 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay vs. 2003 Caves De Colombe Chassagne Montrachet and 2001 Matrot Puligny Montrachet Comb Ottes. See which Gary puts on top.

How To: Compare Californian Cabernet Sauvignons

In this episode Gary gives the California Cab's a run for the money and hopefully helps you choose the next Cabernet Sauvignon you buy (or don't buy). He compares 2004 Chappellet Signature Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Mount Veeder Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and 2004 Coup De Foudre Cabernet Sauvignon.

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: 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: 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 traditional corkscrew

There are certain tasks that adults are simply expected to know how to perform: opening a bottle of wine with a traditional-style corkscrew happens to be one of them. Happily, the sommelier in this oenophile's guide provides a complete walkthrough of the process. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look.

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: 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: 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: 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...