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Beverage Facts

Wine 101
Old World
  • France, Germany, Italy, Spain
  • Strict Government Classification
  • Region on Wine Label
  • Earthy aromas
  • Lower alcohol level
  • Food friendly wines
New World
  • North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand
  • Limited Government Classification
  • Grape & Region on Wine Label
  • Fruity aromas
  • Higher alcohol level
  • Sipping wines
Basic Wine Tasting Terms


  • Weight or Viscosity on your palate.
  • Light, Medium & Full Body style parallels the mouth feel of Skim Milk, 2% Milk and Heavy Cream.


  • Wine scent from the grape type itself.
  • Example: Chardonnay smells tart like Granny Smith apples.


  • Wine scent from the wine making process.
  • Examples: Barrels - Oak, vanilla, butterscotch, etc.


  • “Extract” of red grape skins.
  • Dry, Astringent texture sensed on the back of your tongue
  • Helps preserve wine and fades over time.
Spirits 101
  • All spirits are distilled from a boiled mash made from a wide variety of things:

    Vodka - Wheat, Corn, Potato
    Rum - Cane Syrup
    Gin – Juniper Berry
    Bourbon – Corn
    Whiskey – Wheat, Corn
    Tequila – Agave Plant

Beer 101
  • All beers are fermented with a combination of water, barley, hops and yeast.
  • The type of yeast used in production will dictate the type of beer that is produced.
  • The two main styles of beer include:
    • Lager – Most popular style of beer made with bottom-fermenting yeast
      • Common types of Lagers include Pilsner, Bock, Vienna Lager
    • Ale – Made with top fermenting yeast.
      • Common types of Ales include Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Stout and Wheat Beer
  • Beers are rated in a few different ways including color and bitterness scales.
  • Most beers are filtered prior to being bottled. A variety of beers are unfiltered including Wheat Beer and Hefeweizen styles.
A great dessert wine to have with chocolate or strawberries is a Brachetto d'Acqui from the Piedmont region of Italy. These sparkling wines have aromas and flavors of rose, raspberry and strawberry. One of my favorite brands to buy is Banfi Rosa Regale.
David Pennachetti  President Phone: (214) 356-9463 Email: david@wineguruservices.com
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