Q: What is the difference between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris?
A: Although made from the same grape, Pinto Grigio is produced in Italy and Pinot Gris is from France’s Alsace region and they create very different wines.
Q: What is the difference between Prosecco and Champagne?
A: There are several differences between Prosecco and Champage. The two varieties of sparkling wine are produced through different processes, with different grapes and in different regions. The most predominant distinction is that Prosecco is produced in the Veneto region of Italy and Champagne produced in the Champagne region of France.
Q: Can you chill red wine?
A: Yes. Many red wines are best served chilled. The flavor of wine is controlled by the temperature at which it is served; a cooler wine will taste less alcoholic and more focused in flavor.
Q: Does the wine glass really make a difference?
A: Yes. The shape and size of a wine glass influences the experience of enjoying wine. A glass’ shape determines how much air reaches the wine, how quickly the temperature of a wine changes and how concentrated the wine’s flavor tastes.
Q: What should I look at when reading a wine label?
A: The wine name and type, American Viticultural Area, quality designation and alcohol by volume are the most important pieces of information on a wine label. The wine name and type will tell you what types of grapes from which the wine was made, the AVA describes where the grapes were grown, quality designation highlights if a particular wine is of a special vintage and the alcohol by volume, shown as a percent, dictates how alcoholic a wine is.
Q: Are there health benefits to drinking wine?
A: Good news for wine lovers! Regular, moderate, wine consumption has many proven health benefits. One to two four-ounce glasses of wine daily has been proven to reap significant cardiovascular benefits; both the risk of heart disease and heart attack are lowered as a result. Additionally, regularly enjoying wine has also been linked to reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and cataracts, cutting the risk of colon cancer and stroke and slowing brain decline. Clinical studies have also suggested that wine consumption may also protect against atherosclerosis, hypertension, neurological disorders and metabolic syndrome.