A short primer on finding good deals on wines you‘ll be proud to share and savor

Friends dining outside and enjoying wine.
Friends dining outside and enjoying wine.
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Riesling is like Rosie the Riveter: it’s got some gentle features, a sweet personality, yet a perfume that smells distinctly like gasoline.
Riesling is like Rosie the Riveter: it’s got some gentle features, a sweet personality, yet a perfume that smells distinctly like gasoline.
Rosie the Riveter (Photo by NC AFL-CIO)
  • TDN: petroleum
  • ß-Damascenone: sweet and fruity, also an aroma enhancer (think of it like the MSG of wine aromas. …

A guava, passionfruit, and grapefruit personified, holding up glasses of white wine
A guava, passionfruit, and grapefruit personified, holding up glasses of white wine
(Shown are guava, passionfruit, & grapefruit aromas) Drawing by Anna Sprenger

What are thiols?


How restaurant-style kitchen hacks can reduce your food expenses

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Wine Aroma Series: Pyrazines

What are pyrazines?

A green bell pepper dressed up as a queen to show that this aroma is the “Pyrazine Queen.”
A green bell pepper dressed up as a queen to show that this aroma is the “Pyrazine Queen.”
Drawing by Anna Sprenger

Which wines have pyrazines?


Two slices of cheesecake sit on a plate next to glasses of yellow and red wines.
Two slices of cheesecake sit on a plate next to glasses of yellow and red wines.
Photo by fran hogan on Unsplash

Wine Sweetness is Determined by Three Things

1. The sugar level of the berries at harvest.


A drawing of four common terpene aromas (geranium, lemon, rose, lavender) next to their chemical symbols
A drawing of four common terpene aromas (geranium, lemon, rose, lavender) next to their chemical symbols
Some common terpene aromas: geranium, lemon, rose, and lavender. (Drawing by Anna Sprenger)

What are terpenes?


A wine tasting flight of colors from yellow to red sitting on top of an oak barrel.
A wine tasting flight of colors from yellow to red sitting on top of an oak barrel.
Photo by Maksym Kaharlytskyi on Unsplash


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Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash


Champagne’s underdog story teaches lessons on how to market a failure as a success

A woman wearing a sparkling dress pours champagne into raised glasses.
A woman wearing a sparkling dress pours champagne into raised glasses.
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Charlotte Adams

Wine science master’s student in Bordeaux. Owner of The Wine Press. I like cool-climate wines & outdoor hockey rinks. wordsbycharlotte.com

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