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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: 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: Make a White Peach Sangria

White Peach Sangria is a fruity wine base cocktail. Start by mixing brandy and riesling in a pitcher. Then add fruit (grapes, oranges, apples). Next add mango syrup (easily made from nectar), white peach puree, fresh squeezed orange juice, white cranberry juice, garnish with sugar cane. Chill once you have mixed thoroughly! This is a great and sexy sangria cocktail which can be made by the pitcher full and kept for days.

How To: Choose a Portuguese Douro

Gary has been talking up Portugal, so in this video 3 VERY highly rated wines step up and get challenged: 2001 Domingos Alves De Sousa Vale Da Raposa Grande Escolha, 2000 Domingos Alves De Sousa Quinta Da Gaviosa, 2004 Lemos And Van Zeller Quinta Vale De Maria Douro Tinto. Check it out then create a challenge of your own!

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 wine based on wine labels

Wine labels, do you collect them? Do you want to have a special, personalized or custom label? Today Gary talks about wine labels and the wines behind them. He also tastes some cute label wines and sees if they're as good as they look.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Choose the right wine glassware

Ange from iYellow wine club meets up with Laura from LCBO.com to talk about wine glasses, and how they affect your perception of how wine tastes. The right glass for a wine will help enjoy your wine better. Watch this video wine tasting tutorial and learn how to choose the right glassware for wine.

How To: Choose a wine for weekday drinking

Sometimes you want a wine that's perfect for drinking on a school night (weekday) without being too overpowering or too dehydrating! Gary tastes some wines he think may be perfect for the mid-week palate: Kris Pinot Grigio, 2003 Pieve Del Vescovo Piovano, 2004 Mano A Mano, 2004 Rocky Creek Zinfandel.

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: Understand old world and new world wines

Gary Vaynerchuk goes after a hot debate in wine - Old world versus New world. Watch as he tries two Brunellos made in very different ways! He explains the differences between the two wine types and hopefully helps you understand them both and that BOTH have their place at the table.

How To: Drink Barolo wines

Gary Vaynerchuk drinks some fine Barolo’s and has fun doing it. Hopefully he'll help you choose one and have fun drinking it too. He discusses 1999 Brovia Barolo Rocche, 2000 Massolino Barolo Margheria, and 1999 Azelia Barolo San Rocco.

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: 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: 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: 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.