Chances are you’ve been to a wine tasting or two at a vineyard or perhaps a local wine shop. But now it’s time to take your wine-connoisseur status to the next level – right at home with good company. Here’s how to pull it off like a pro.

Global Wine Cellars Vino Tasting

1. Provide simple glasses. No need to use specific styles for each wine – your small pours won’t be in the glass long. As long as you have one glass per person and a water pitcher for rinsing between tastes, you’re good.

2. Make each glass personal. A variety of festive coasters or wine charms will add a custom element to each person’s tasting. Because assessing lip-prints shouldn’t be the way you avoid mixing up glasses.

3. Prep the wine before guests arrive. Ideal serving temperatures for white wines range between 49 and 55 degrees, while red wines should be in the 62- to 68-degree range. And don’t forget to let the full-bodied reds breathe. Decant at least 25 to 30 minutes before you plan to taste.

4. Stock up on snacks. Set out crackers and a mix of cheeses. Use one mild – think Brie, Teleme, or Jack; one medium like Havarti, Gouda, or Edam; and one strong blue, like Gorgonzola or Stilton. Finish the spread with grapes or strawberries, crunchy Marcona almonds, and chocolates.

5. Educate your guests. They should be seeing, swirling, smelling, sipping, and swallowing to fully experience each wine. And if they can’t quite pinpoint the flavors? Keep tasting notes on hand to identify hints of plum, lavender, leather, oak, and more.

Ready to host? Stock up on wine and tasting notes in our Global Wine Cellars Boutique, which opened Thursday, May 7, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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May 10, 2015

Now that arctic freezes are a distant memory, all we can think about is getting outside and grilling. But an alfresco meal just isn’t complete without the right wine pairing. So we consulted Jennifer Ingellis, a sommelier over at Global Wine Cellars, for advice. Here, the 2012 Food & Wine Sommelier of the Year shares three must-try wines and what to serve with them.

Global Wine Cellars Grill Pairings

1. Peñalolén Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Chile
Serve: Juicy herb-marinated steaks – as rare as you can handle – or protein-rich veggies like mushrooms, eggplant, or roasted tomatoes. This dark red’s plum and cherry flavors play well with meaty options.

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May 7, 2015

Cooking up a storm and corralling rogue relatives is work. So when it comes to the drink in your hand? Simplicity is key. Using ingredients you probably already have on hand, whip up this easy cranberry simple syrup and add a splash to vodka or wine. Voilà! You’re ready to sip.

Cranberry Simple Syrup Recipe

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November 26, 2014

For small spaces: Make your tiny apartment feel bigger with a unified color palette or aesthetic – that way rooms flow together and create the illusion of a larger environment.

For leftover vino: Freeze any remaining wine in an ice cube tray. Next time you make a sauce, glaze, or stew, pop in a cube for an extra hit of flavor.

For a no-cost craft project: Inject a bit of nature into your home with a DIY doorstop. Grab a sizable stone and cover it with your choice of paint (think a matte black or neon hue).

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 10, 2014

Established in 1900 by Georges de Latour and his wife Fernande, the iconic Beaulieu Vineyard has a storied past. Its prime Napa Valley location and influence from wine maestro André Tchelistcheff make these some of the most sought after bottles in the business. Read on to learn more about this historic winemaker.

Beaulieau Vineyards

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October 29, 2014

Wine and chocolate are a match made in heaven – if you know how to pair them. Here, we checked in with our friends at Lindt Chocolate for a little cheat sheet. Read up below, and then get ready to seriously impress friends and family at your next dinner party.

Lindt Excellence Wine & Chocolate Pairing Tips

Tasting Tricks

  1. Start with a lighter wine and pair it with chocolate that has a low cocoa percentage. Then work your way up to bolder wines and extra-dark chocolate.
  2. Always taste the wine and chocolate separately before trying them together.
  3. When pairing: Take a small bite of chocolate, then as the flavor is fading, have a sip of wine. Note how the flavors change and interact with each other.

 
The Pairings

  1. Chocolate with a hint of sea salt (we recommend trying Lindt Excellence A Touch of Sea Salt) is the perfect match for a light Rosé. The ripe berries and floral notes from the wine complement the sharp tastes of sea salt and dark chocolate.
  2. Full-bodied wines go best with a high cocoa content. Try a rich Cabernet Sauvignon with a dark chocolate like Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa.
  3. For a combo with a warm burst, pair a spice-infused chocolate (we suggest Lindt Excellence Chili) with a deep Syrah.
  4. Citrus-flavored chocolate (ahem, orange) pairs best with lighter wine, like a crisp Chardonnay. The full fruit flavors balance out the acidity for a smooth, sweet flavor.

 
Click here for more tips (and some incredible chocolate).

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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June 10, 2014

Summer is upon us, which means it’s time to break out chilled wines that pair well with heat and humidity. But uncorking at the park, the beach, and the café can add up in terms of calories, which is precisely what inspired always-active former fashion insider Jayla Siciliano to create Bon Affair, a brand of high-quality, low-calorie wine spritzers. (The best part? They’re loaded with electrolytes.) Here, Jayla talks about finding success with Bon Affair on the TV show Shark Tank and what’s next for her fledgling business.

Jayla Siciliano of Bon Affair Wines

Image via Jayla Siciliano

Rue La La: What’s special about Bon Affair?
Jayla Siciliano: What makes Bon Affair unique is its dry, crisp flavor profile. It’s not sticky-sweet (I try to steer clear of sugar bombs), and it’s great by itself or for making cocktails. I put a full FDA nutritional panel on the bottle so people can read exactly what’s in there.

RLL: What was it like being on Shark Tank?
JS: The exposure from the show has been incredible. And the support from [Shark Tank judge] Mark [Cuban] and his team has been amazing.
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June 4, 2014

I love a glass of wine after work (okay, maybe more like two glasses). So when I heard there were quite a few eco-friendly bottles around, I was pretty pumped. I mean, indulging a little and helping the earth? What’s better than that? Answer: nothing.

Eco-Friendly Guide to Wine

But before all you fellow tree-hugging oenophiles run out to grab an organic bottle, check out this guide to make sure you’re getting the right kind.

Read The Healthy Girl’s Guide to Wine on Refinery29.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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November 22, 2013

Jewish Words

“Jewish Words” Set of 4 Stemless Wineglasses
Bubbe and Zaide won’t kvetch over spilled wine this holiday thanks to these four virtually spill-proof glasses, cleverly inscribed with Yiddish words. Watch as they get a good laugh assigning “oy vey” and “meshuga” to unsuspecting family members. (Don’t believe them when they tell you both words mean “favorite.”) Better start brushing up on your retorts now.

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November 21, 2013

We’ve all faked our way through a wine tasting or two. Sniffed the vino without really knowing what to look for. Swirled the liquid around because everyone else was doing it. But no more. Here’s how to enjoy your wine like a pro. (Or, at least, go through the motions more convincingly.)

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