Hot Wine How-Tos

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: Open a bottle of wine if you don't have a corkscrew

If you've ever bought a bottle of wine and found out you didn't have a corkscrew, it can be a pain in the butt to open! In this tutorial you'll find out an easy way to open a bottle of wine without the need of a corkscrew. There are easy ways to do this and difficult ways, so make sure you do it the easy way and good luck!

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: 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: Open a bottle of wine with your shoe

In this how-to video, Jake Westerfeld, the online media coordinator for Cameron Hughes Wine, will show you how to open a bottle of wine with your shoe. In order to do this, you will need a shoe and any kind of wine in a bottle. Make sure you practice safety before attempting this, so wear goggles and gloves. First, place the bottom of the bottle inside your shoe. From there, hold the bottle and shoe so that the bottle is horizontal. Next, band the bottom of the shoe against the wall until the...

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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...

HowTo: Make Sweet Wine Slushies

While some may enjoy the taste of straight up spirits, others enjoy sweeter alcoholic treats (booze popsicles or Jell-O shots, maybe). Here's a recipe for an after dinner dessert-drink: Sweet Wine Slushies from The Kitchn.

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.

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