Issue 29

Is Bigger Better?

We are Americans. We like big things—big cars, big houses, big food portions, big shopping malls with big stores in big cities with big skyscrapers. The world of wine is no exception. Western Europe had at least a good half-century

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Oak Aging and its Effect on Wine

Aging a wine in oak barrels can complement and contribute to the character of a wine. Oak enriches a wine and makes it smoother, richer, and sweeter. If used judiciously, it adds to the complexity of wine and imparts a

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Understanding Burgundy: A Wine Primer

My desire to have a career in wine began over ten years ago. I impulsively headed to Napa Valley to work the harvest and then a tasting room. Afterwards, I foolishly felt like I knew everything there was to know

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The Sommelier: Your Tour Guide to the World of Wine

As a cliché and a rule, men have an aversion to asking for directions. We are willful creatures, near-malicious in our callous disregard for help when it is clearly and most urgently needed. Signs along the road, yes, these objective

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Popping Your Cork: Options Abound Across Omaha

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”   Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) “Wine is bottled poetry.
”   Robert Louis Stevenson “Up to the age of forty eating is beneficial. After forty, drinking.”   The Talmud, 200BC Winter winds can be most annoying

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Cuthills Vineyards

While all of Nebraska’s Vineyards and Wineries give us something different on the wine shelf than the norm, Cuthills has given the wine world wines that can found nowhere else. This all started as a dream of Ed Swanson’s over

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Wine Your Friends And Influence People

You are an avid wine drinker. You have been imbibing for years and have amassed a small arsenal of memorable wines. You have visited a winery or two, done a bit of reading on the subject, and are comfortable discussing

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Red Wine And The Healthly Lifestyle

The salutary benefits obtained by drinking red wine come from two different mechanisms. One is from alcohol; the other is from health-giving compounds, called polyphenols. Polyphenols are found in the pigments of fruits and vegetables and are found in concentrated

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In Like Zin

Zinfandel is a Vinifera grape that is grown almost exclusively in California. The major other producer is from Italy where the wine is called Primitivo, a good wine, but most consider the varietal from California superior. Other vintners are also

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The Perfect Wine

Recently spotted wine review: “Voluptuous and powerful….reminds me of Angelina Jolie (substitute Brad Pitt or George Clooney).” Now, if that description doesn’t come close to defining a superlative wine then nothing will. Is there any other consumer beverage that could

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