Many wine terms are unfamiliar territory, even to wine drinkers. And it is particularly true for European wines.
What's the deal with champagne?
Is it true that you should use only Italian wine when making Sunday gravy?
Most of the modern red wines we drink these days may look considerably darker and more opaque, but some of the world's best pinot noirs are so translucent you could read a newspaper through your glass.
Merlot's bad rap isn't deserved.
The wine is enriched with a light touch of oak from partial barrel fermentation.
Buzz: Hey, Marnie, I was reading that George Washington was a wine drinker. Turns out his favorite wine was Madeira. What the heck is that?
BUZZ: Hey Marnie, how come I keep seeing wine labels that talk about terror? And these aren't even Halloween-themed leftovers. What gives?
BUZZ: I was talking with the wine specialist at the State Store and he told me that better wines are aged in smaller barrels. Is that true?
BUZZ: Hey Marnie, why do they call some wines brutes? It makes sense on a slam-dunk zinfandel, but I've only ever see it on champagnes, not on a big, strong wine.
BUZZ: Hey Marnie, my cousin says he can't drink red wine because it gives him a headache. Is that because red wines have more sulfites?
Red-wine lovers dont have to change their tastes in warm weather, just lighten them up.
BUZZ: HEY MARNIE, what do wine drinkers do during Philly Beer Week?
Marnie: Most of them keep drinking wine, of course. But that doesn't mean they might not also cross the aisle to enjoy some beers. (PBW continues through Sunday.)
BUZZ: Hey Marnie, why do they bother making white wine out of cabernet sauvignon if it's a red grape?
Buzz: Hey, Marnie, I keep seeing wine labels that talk about "sustainable farming." Is this some kind of code? If normal farming isn't "sustainable," why would anyone keep doing it?
The fair trade label applies to wine, too, especially wines from South Africa, which has produced world-class vintages since the 1700s.
Philly Bierfest this Saturday will feature Roller Derby, oompah bands and lots of old-fashioned lagers from Pennsylvania and Germany.
Cheap Buzz and Marnie Old suggest treating your beloved to floral liqueurs and cocktails for Valentines Day.
U.S. law allows vinters to blend wines even when the label reflects only one grape type, like cabernet sauvignon.
what's a nice holiday wine gift I can make?
Welcome to Cheap Buzz, where we eavesdrop as sommelier Marnie Old attempts to teach the joys of wine and fine spirits to Buzz, a guy with no sophistication and not much money. Here's their latest conversation.