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Carl Hudson
 
January 18, 2017 | Carl Hudson

Oak Barrels for Wine – Part One

Oak is an important winemaking tool that can have significant impact: influencing color, flavor, tannin profile and even the texture of wine. Oak treatment normally occurs when wine is fermented and/or aged in barrels, but increasingly oak alternatives, chips, pellets, staves, etc., are used to add oak influence to wine in other vessels, e.g., stainless steel or plastic tanks.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
January 4, 2017 | Carl Hudson

Decanting Wine – Why and How

Over the holidays, I was asked twice about the slightly mysterious practice of decanting wine and allowing it to “breathe” before consumption. Most wine consumers have heard of this practice, and many have observed it being done to their wine in a restaurant or by someone at an event. The primary reasons for decanting a wine are, 1) to allow a wine’s aromas and flavors to develop more quickly by exposing it to air (oxygen), and 2) to remove most or all of the sediment that some wines, especially older reds, may have developed.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
November 23, 2016 | Carl Hudson

Holiday Wines and the Thanksgiving Feast

Most of us gather with family and friends for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. It is a very special time, and certainly one of the most treasured traditions here in the United States of America. For me, that Thanksgiving feast is accompanied by several special bottles of wine selected to pair with all those amazing food items we tend to serve during the holiday. Here are several recommended selections available at 4.0 Cellars.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
August 31, 2016 | Carl Hudson

How to Keep “Leftover” Wine

What is “leftover” wine? For some, it is hard to imagine such a thing. The best case scenario is not to leave any wine in a bottle. But, if you sometimes find wine left in the bottle(s) after dinner or at evening’s end, what can be done about it?  Continue »

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