Russ Winton: Wine List

Wine tips for your turkey dinner

For some, Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they see only once a year and then decide once a year is way too often. For others, it is a day of relaxation and feasting with people they love. If you are hosting the big day and stressing about wine, here are a few simple suggestions.

Russ Winton: Wine List

Wine Line: Wine Institute Expands Website

The Wine Institute’s consumer website, www.DiscoverCaliforniaWines.com is a good resource for wine lovers. The site offers information on California’s wine regions with maps, a winery finder and calendar of events in the state and around the world, wine and food pairings, seasonal recipes and more. The Institute recently translated the website for its top export markets, including the European Union’s 28 member countries, accounting for $617 million in annual sales; followed by Canada, $454 million; Japan, $102 million; Hong Kong, $78 million; China, $77 million; Mexico, $22 million and South Korea, $18 million.

Russ Winton: Wine List

Wine Line: Wine thoughts and wine walks

One of the most common mistakes people make when tasting wine is to confuse the fruitiness of a wine with sweetness. Sweetness in wine means only one thing; the amount of sugar left in the juice after the fermentation stops. It is referred to as residual sugar or R.S. When tasting wine, your tongue really can only taste sweet (sugar), sour (acids) and bitter (tannins). Fruitiness is the tendency of wine to taste and smell of fruit. When the fruit is sweet, like cherries or plums, tasters often mistake the fruitiness for sweetness.

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