Chardonnay: The Ultimate Guide

Chardonnay grapes in a bin at harvest time.

Chardonnay is one of the most popular white medium-bodied wines in the world. It is a French wine made from the grape of the same name, it’s easy to cultivate and adapts quickly to different climate conditions. It mainly grows and is produced in the Burgundy region. The wine takes its name from the wine … Read more

Gamay: The Ultimate Guide

Barrels of Gamay wine in a cellar.

Grown primarily in France, the Gamay grape is a purple grape used for red wines, most famously the variety known as Beaujolais. Keep reading our in-depth guide to discover everything there is to know about the Gamay grape including where it’s grown, its history, best types to try and more. Table of Contents Basics History … Read more

Merlot vs. Shiraz: What’s the Difference?

Bunches of Syrah grapes on the vine at a vineyard.

Merlot and Shiraz are two very popular wines on the market. They have many similar characteristics as well as some different nuances and complexities that distinguish them, but once you understand their major differences, you’ll be able to clearly categorize them without any problem. Merlot Merlot is one of the most popular red grape varieties … Read more

Wine Tannins: What Are Tannins in Wine?

Various bottles of wine of various types.

Many people wonder about what exactly tannins are as they are one of the most intriguing components of wine and their meaning is often misunderstood. For most wine lovers, a great wine is more than aromas and flavors and equal importance is given to its texture and structure. Tannins occupy an important place in this … Read more

Cabernet Sauvignon: The Ultimate Guide

An oak barrel with 'whiskey' crossed off and Cabernet written in.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular wine varietal in the world. It is grown in almost every wine-growing region on the planet and is often used in blended wine- including the famous and exclusive Bordeaux blend, among others. Cabernet Sauvignon is the child of two already famous grape varietals, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc- so … Read more