Wine Blog

Thank you: Main Line Today ‘Best of’ Awards

Thank you: Main Line Today ‘Best of’ Awards Thank you, to our local friends for the nominations and votes, ultimately giving WAID the nod as Main Line Today’s ‘Best Girls’ Night Out.’ We are honored to provide a fun evening out for our visitors, and are humbled by your votes. But not to worry, guys,…

WAID is now a ReCORK Partner

We’ve had a number of class attendees ask what to do with corks. Cork is a renewable resource, but it takes a decade of growth between each harvest. Luckily, while we wait, cork can be recycled and reused. ReCORK, North America’s largest natural wine cork recycling program, has recycled more than 70 million wine corks.…

The Reason Your Wine Has Tears

The reason your wine has tears Legs, tears, lacing, church windows. We’ve stared at the meditative spectacle of droplets streaming down the side of our glass. And even cherished them, certain it was a sign of Wine Greatness. But, unfortunately, wine tears do not necessarily equate to high quality wine. So what are they really? Tears…

Merlot: The Less-Popular Half-Sibling

I love the question “what do you do?” because a) I think I have the greatest job on the planet, and b) it opens the door for some fun discussion. A new acquaintance recently asked me for some red wine recommendations. So I asked about his preferences: “Cab, Merlot, Pinot Noir?” His response – which is…

What Am I Drinking?: Easter

What am I drinking for Easter? My pick this holiday was a brut rosé Champagne. Sure, pink is festive. But being brut (dry) it plays nicely with traditional brunch foods, deviled eggs, ham, and those sugary Easter treats. You can find one for as little as $15… or splurge a bit. See other posts related to:…

Our Take on “Proper” Stemware

I’m in the process of shopping for a new set of stemware for my personal collection. While you can drink wine effectively from a red solo cup or a $150 crystal Riedel, sorry, the aromas just aren’t quite the same (Ah yes, I detect a slight bouquet of plastic…). I’ve oft been asked whether it…

3 Reasons Not to Worry About Sulfites in Wine

SULFITES (ack!) – that deadly monster-chemical lurking in our wine, causing trouble and spurring headaches! Right?! Well, not necessarily. The mandatory mention on the label does make sulfites out to be some sort of tenriching substance, but for most people sulfites are completely harmless. Trace amounts of sulfites (sulphur-based compounds) are naturally occurring by-products of the fermentation process…

What Exactly is a Rosé Wine

If you were under the impression pink wines are syrupy-sweet blends of red and white wine, you aren’t alone – thanks to the reputation of White Zinfandel. As it turns out, pink wines can be dry or sweet, and are made from red grapes. Unlike traditional red wines, rosés (pronounced roh-say) get their pale hue from…

Roses are Red, and Wine is Too

With the big day fast approaching, you may be wondering, “What kind of bouquet do I get for my dear Valentine?” This is a perfect opportunity to pop open an elegant, floral bottle of bubbles, such as a Prosecco. Or may we recommend a lovely arrangement of lavender and herbes de Provence via a bottle…

What’s the Deal with Wine Blends?

One of our followers wrote in: “What’s the deal with the cheap wine blends in the grocery store? Are they kind of like sandwiches made with Thanksgiving leftovers?” Yep – that’s exactly right! There is a growing number of wine blends on the market, all with super-cool labels and irresistibly mysterious names. And I mean, irresistible:…

7 Tips for Winning with Wine This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is special. How nice to have a major holiday that, instead of revolving around gift giving, revolves around sharing and caring. Surely, you never feel overwhelmed by the pressures of cooking, and, heaven forbid, selecting the perfect wine. Right?! Well, if presenting your guests with your supermarket wine selection feels something like walking over…

Open Sesame: What Openers Do the Pros Use?

In my wine 101 workshops, I say the first step in tasting wine is “see.” And with a harmonic chorus of ohhs and ahhs, we all look at the wine in our glasses and discuss what we observe. There’s only one problem: Technically, I lied. The first step is getting the #@*$ bottle open. I know, I…