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.

How many different types of corkscrew are there at PumpjackPiddlewick

Have you given much thought to the humble corkscrew? Beyond that it opens your bottle of wine. Nah, me either. It’s all about the wine, if we are honest. Except, since opening Our Shop and selling wine related items (as you do) I have come to appreciate, recognise and wellRead 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.  Anyone can do it, it’s easy. And it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. But what is a Wine Cellar? A wine cellar is, simplistically, a placeRead More →

More wine 101 - learning what a wine negociant is at PumpjackPiddlewick

I make no secret that Pumpjack is my very own, personal wine maker. Am I lucky, or what?  I’ve detailed our adventures in finding a vineyard after moving here to France in our Whatnots about Our Wine. I have also outlined (monthly) what’s involved in working a vineyard (read backRead 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 →