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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: Judge wines based on vintage

Today Gary Vaynerchuk tackles the issue of how much a vintage effects the wine. Gary samples 2 wonderful wines from Spain that are exactly the same but are from 2 different years: 2001 and 2002 Artazu Navarra Santa Cruz.

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: 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: 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: 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: Choose a California Cabernet under $20

In this video Gary has pulled the 6 top selling California Cabernet Sauvignon wines under $20 off the shelves (2003 Stephan Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Twenty Rows Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Trentadue Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, 2000 Douglass Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Simi Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Hess Select Cab Sauv) and is tasting and reviewing them for you. Are they popular for a reason? Or should you save your $20 for something better?

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 a Canadian Ice wine or dessert wine

Gary attacks and talks about Canadian Ice wines and Dessert wines. Gary is blown away by the efforts from up North so check it out as he reviews 2004 Henry Of Pelham Late Harvest Vidal, 2004 Henry Of Pelham Riesling Ice Wine, 2004 Cave Springs Ice Wine Riesling, 2004 Jackson-triggs Vidal Ice wine, 2004 Inniskillin Ice Wine Vidal, 2004 Peller Estate Cabernet Franc Ice Wine.

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: 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: 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: 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: Store wine properly

Wine tastes wonderful when it's at its peak, but if you don't store it in the right place, wine quickly turns bitter. To discover all about propper wine storage solutions, Meghan Carter visited Wine Cellar Innovations. The tips she picked up will keep your wine tasting like it should.

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: 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: Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew

So, you have a date come over and everything's going fine, until... Damn! Where's your corkscrew to open the bottle of wine? Things might seem to be going downhill, but don't sweat it! If you have a screw & a screwdriver in your possession, this bottle of wine can be saved! In this video, learn how to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew!

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: 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: 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: 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: 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.