Hot Wine How-Tos

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: 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: Make homemade wine from store bought grape juice

Tony Spinelli Sr., of Seymour, Connecticut, an expert at making homemade wine from store bought grape juice, shows and explains how to do it yourself. Tip: use Manishevitz grape juice for best results. May also buy pre-pressed vineyard juices for authentic Cabernets, etc.

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 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: 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.

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: 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 Glühwein German hot mulled wine

Glühwein is a spiced red wine served warm, primarily during the winter all around Northern Europe. It's a tasty and a great way to combat the cold. You will need red wine, lemon, cloves, cinnamon sticks, sugar, and amaretto and/or rum for extra flavor.

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: Use a shoe and no corkscrew to open a bottle of wine

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to open a wine bottle without using a corkscrew and just your shoe. First thing you need to do is to take off your shoe, then put the bottle bottom up in the shoe. Find a firm surface to hit against, best to use some sort of wall. Smack the shoe against it with the bottle in the shoe, heel towards the wall. Make sure you hold on to the neck of the bottle with the other hand. Depending on how far in the cork is, your going to have to whack it against the ...

How To: Get a cork out of a wine bottle

Remove the top of the lead or foil capsule by cutting around the rim of the bottle with the sharp point of the corkscrew. The arms of the cork-screw will have to be raised for this step. You can also make a slit in the foil and remove the whole capsule before beginning.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Open a bottle of wine without corkscrew

Can't wait to enjoy a good bottle of wine but can't find a corkscrew? Don't just push the cork in, that will ruin the wine and your chances of opening it properly later. Watch this how to video to learn how to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew. Open a bottle of wine without corkscrew.

How To: Choose a Charles Shaw wine

Yes! Here it is. A video dispelling the myth of the two buck chuck (or $3 or $4 as the bottle may be). So if you're familiar with this Trader Joe's staple then you'll want to check out this video and find out if you should waste your time on the 2 buck chucks.

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: 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 a Stellenbosch South African red wine

Gary talks about four wines from an underrated region, South Africa. He reviews the following wines from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa: 2001 Warwick Estate Reserve Red, 2002 Warwick Three Cape Ladies Red, 2001 Rudera Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2003 Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon.

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.

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