Month: November 2016

The Oak Factor of Wine

The Oak Factor of Wine

November 16, 2016

For a person who’s new to the world of wine, the idea of oak in wine can seem confusing. But don’t worry, dear reader! If you’re one such individual that’s dumbfounded by the idea of oak, you can rely on us to educate you well on the subject! History of Oak Before there were bottles, wines were stored in wooden barrels to be sold to consumers. In fact, if you see many of the paintings (and movies) depicting times before the 1600s, you’ll notice some heavy barrels strewn about. It was because of these barrels that wine lovers acquired a… read more
A Host’s Guide to Planning a Christmas Wine Degustation (Part 2)

A Host’s Guide to Planning a Christmas Wine Degustation (Part 2)

November 14, 2016

Continuing on our quest to help you have a memorable Christmas wine degustation, here are some more details to help you plan the event! Planning a Christmas Wine Degustation Do Your Research After you’ve chosen a theme, do a little research so you can be best prepared. Find some fun facts and add a little trivia so that you can add some context to the wine tasting experience. Determine between blind and non-blind tastings, basing your decision on your guests’ knowledge of wine. Finally, consider whether you should serve wines before and after tastings. Just be sure to have nonalcoholic… read more
A Host’s Guide to Planning a Christmas Wine Degustation (Part 1)

A Host’s Guide to Planning a Christmas Wine Degustation (Part 1)

November 14, 2016

Christmas is near (only after another month, but who’s counting) and we simply cannot wait to greet the holidays and the merry cheer that comes along with it. And with such a wonderful atmosphere bringing with it a feel of happiness and community, what better way to celebrate it, than with a Christmas wine tasting that will surely knock everyone’s socks off! But don’t worry if you’re worried about planning the event! Here, we at Montemaggio provide you quick and snappy tips so you can plan a holiday degustation without losing your merry spirit. Planning a Christmas Wine Degustation Get… read more
Choosing the Perfect Christmas Wine: Answering Questions Asked During a Wine Tasting

Choosing the Perfect Christmas Wine: Answering Questions Asked During a Wine Tasting

November 11, 2016

If you’ve ever been to a wine tasting, you know how awkward it can be to ask questions when you’re too busy reveling in the wonderful taste of your wonderful red wine. So here, Montemaggio answers some questions that we’ve been asked, so that you can be well-educated about what goes into your glass. Most Asked Questions (According to Us) ™ Which is the Perfect Christmas Wine? Although we’ve already written at length about this, let’s just give you the gist of it. Red wine is usually an ideal choice for Christmas. But make sure that any food you serve… read more
Understanding Alcohol Content in Wine

Understanding Alcohol Content in Wine

November 1, 2016

The wonderful sensation of a smooth wine is something that most of us cherish after a long day’s work. With a nice, fruity bouquet of grapes and added ingredients, we get a beverage that easily replaces even the headiest of different elixirs. But one element of wine that increases the hedonistic feeling of wine even further is that of wine’s alcohol content. Now, debate has been going on for a long time about the alcohol content in wine. However, according to wine connoisseurs, the alcohol content isn’t really something that should be up for such debate. And here, we’ll tell… read more