Wine 101 – Wine Help

As a wine maker hanger on, I’ve learned more than I could ever want to know about wine. Honestly, I would rather just drink the delicious stuff. (Truly basic wine 101!)

However, when I think about it, some of the knowledge I have gained has helped me in buying better wine (not necessarily more expensive). Also, I do get asked lots of questions, from my non-connoisseur acquaintances. So, I decided, I would write some helpful hints that might actually be worth knowing by us laymen (and women), especially if it helps with buying wines.

So here’s my take on Wine 101… lessons for wine non-connoisseurs.

Indulging in Cremant de Bourgogne with PumpjackPiddlewick

Over indulged in Cremant de Bourgogne last night. But my oh my it was tasty, refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable. No reason, no celebration, simply a quiet night in with my loved ones. Well, that is reason enough, isn’t it? You may well ask what Cremant de Bourgogne is, which requiresRead More →

Chablis is a perfect example of Terroir. But what is terroir? Answers at PumpjackPiddlewick

We had a tasty Chablis last night with dinner. It got me to thinking how the wine is called ‘Chablis’ and not ‘Chardonnay’. You see, all the grapes growing around Chablis are Chardonnay. So, go figure. Elsewhere, for example, it would be, say ‘Californian Chardonnay’ or ‘Australian Chardonnay’. Before IRead More →

Do Wine Glass Shapes Matter_(Wine 103) with Pumpjack & Piddlewick

I am going to tell you a story about wine glass shapes. It’s a true story. In fact, it’s a personal experience story. The day, well, actually night, that I experienced an epiphany moment. Okay, maybe slight exaggeration, but my eyes were opened. Wine Tasting My better half (Pumpjack) wasRead More →

Want to be able to afford good wine - Start a Wine Cellar

How can one afford, let alone drink good wine year round unless you are rich? That’s easy, start a wine cellar.  And, January is the perfect month to start, whether you are having a dry month or not. January Sales are not just for sofas and washing machines. But whatRead More →