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16
Aug

A Glass of Wine a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

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They say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but here at Mile High Wine Tours, we prefer the lesser-known saying, “a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away.” According to scientists and health professionals, drinking a glass of wine a day (and they don’t mean a glass that holds the entire bottle) can have a lasting benefit on your health. These benefits may not have the impact on one person that they have on another, and if you go above the moderate, daily intake, it may hurt you. Moderation is a key in every aspect of life, and that’s no different than wine.   In order to get a better sense of wine and its impact […]

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02
Aug

Labeling Laws of the Wine World

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You can’t just make wine and slap a label on it. While you may buy wine based on what the label looks like (we’ve all been there), there’s more to the label than you may realize. Every wine region has to follow a certain set of laws and regulations that dictates the wine making and labeling in their region. The same can be said for liquor stores and wine shops. If it’s not regulated, it can’t be sold. It’s easy to go to a wine shop and find a bottle of cabernet sauvignon, but the process is more complicated for the winery and wine shop itself.   One of the most well known wine laws is in France; only champagne […]

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26
Jul

Properly Pairing White Wine and Food

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You would never drink coffee with your steak. Or have sushi with chocolate milk. There are some combinations that do not go together, and that’s the same when it comes to pairing your food and wine. While we all may break the rules here and there (guilty!), there are reasons why you pair certain foods with certain wines. If you pair the wrong food with wine, it could ruin the wine. Or the dish. You never know what you may not have liked simply as a result of making a wrong pairing. As dramatic as it may sound, these pairing rules have been established for a reason. There are rules for pairing white wines (and red wines, of course), and […]

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19
Jul

The Toughest Test You’ll Ever Take

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Would you spend years studying for a test if you knew there was only a pass rate of less than 10%? The Master Sommelier examination is viewed as the toughest test in the world – only 236 people have passed. Many people on the outside wonder, “what’s the point? Why is it worth it?” But for those who are looking to become a Master Somm, they are in it for the long haul.   Becoming a Master Somm means achieving a dream long in the making. “The journey to become a MS is something you do for yourself, never for someone else,” says Sally Mohr, M.S. and leadership team member of the Wine Ring app. Sally became a Master Sommelier […]

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28
Jun

Counterfeit Cabernet: The Story of Rudy Karniawan

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How would you feel if you purchased a fake bottle of wine for thousands of dollars from a man that you considered a friend? That’s the question many in the wine industry found themselves asking after Rudy Kurniawan came into their lives. When Rudy first came into the wine scene, he was a friend to many, and well respected. That reputation took a turn, however, when his empire of fake wine started to crumble. Rudy was arrested in 2012 for his years long wine fraud – a scheme that made him a multi-millionaire and cost others the same. He made his way up in the wine world, participating in auctions and tastings, all while committing the biggest case of wine […]

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25
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Merlot   Merlot originated in Bordeaux, France and is the most widely planted grape in France, even ahead of the ever so popular cabernet sauvignon (with whom it shares a father – cabernet franc). The first merlot grape was used in a Bordeaux wine blend with cabernet sauvignon in the 1700s. Though the grape blends well with cabernet sauvignon to produce world-class Bordeaux blends, it is also great as a single varietal. It was American growers in California who first discovered and appreciated the blend as a stand alone varietal. Merlot is an easy to drink wine with low tannins. It has flavor profile consisting of cherry, plum, licorice, and hints of chocolate. Merlot is a perfect wine for […]

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18
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Moscato   Moscato is made from muscat grapes, which hail from the Mediterranean (specifically Italy). Muscat is a large group of ancient grapes rather than a single variety. It’s the muscat grape that scientists think was the first cultivated variety of grape. Famous for being a sweet wine, moscato is one of the most aromatic wines there is. It is as intense in flavor as it is in aroma. It has fruity flavors with aromas such as orange blossom, green grapes, honeysuckle, and perfume. Though it is a notoriously sweet wine, it can occasionally be dry, and come in still or bubbly forms. There are also moscato wines that are flavored – peach, orange, apricot. Essentially, they are enhancing […]

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11
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Pinot Noir   Nearly 2000 years ago, pinot noir originated in France. Over the course of that time, it has become that parent (and grandparent) to many other grapes and has been cloned hundreds of times. (VinePair has an excellent in depth history of pinot noir if you’re interested in learning more.) Pinot noir is considered to be one of the hardest grapes to grow and turn into wine. It grows well in cool climates – it doesn’t fare well in climate changes – and the grape is susceptible to diseases and oxidization. That being said, when a good pinot noir is made, it is a good pinot noir. It is one of the lighter red wines out there, […]

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07
Jun

Wednesday Wisdom: Argentinian Wine

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The origin of Argentinian wine dates back to the 1500s. It was in 1551 that the first vines were planted in Argentina. Growers soon discovered that the weather and altitude made for ideal growing conditions. Although the first vines were planed in 1551, it was a slow moving process for wine to progress to its current state. In the early 1800’s, immigrants brought wine with them, and then producing wine became a part of life. Then in 1853, the Quinta Nacional opened, which was the first agricultural school in the country. This helped with the development and care for the vines. By the 1960s, Argentina had winemaking establishments, bottling plants, and a retail network. Now there are over 500,000 acres […]

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04
Jun

Wine…It’s What’s For Dinner

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Feat. Chardonnay   Originating in France, chardonnay has become one of the most popular wines in the world. It wasn’t until the 1960s when it started to gain widespread popularity; however, now there are nearly 100,000 acres of chardonnay in California alone.   Despite its popularity, chardonnay is one of the most polarizing wines amongst wine drinkers. Some love the buttery, oaky flavors it has while others find it too sweet. When it’s an oaked chardonnay, it has a flavor profile that is distinctly buttery, but it also tends to have the flavors of butterscotch, vanilla, green apple, among others. It’s these kinds of flavors, along with its full-body, creamy texture that makes it appealing to the masses. That being said, […]

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