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Wine 101

At In Good Taste, we’re on a journey to make wine more accessible and less intimidating. This Wine 101 Learning Center is designed to be your wine guide, with helpful information about different types of wine, the nuances between old world and new world wine, and more.

Whether you’re at the “wine for beginners” stage of your wine journey or just want to go down a rabbit hole about one particular topic, you’ll be a wine expert in no time!

  • Your International Passport to Italian Wine

    Your International Passport to Italian Wine

    Learn about the influence of terroir and geography on Italian wine, the oldest wine-growing region in the world. An in-depth summary of the history, rules and regulations, common varieties, and influential appellations of Italy.
  • Your International Passport to French Wine

    Your International Passport to French Wine

    Learn about the influence of terroir and geography on French wine, a region defined by its history and tradition. An in-depth summary of the history, rules and regulations, common varieties, and influential appellations of France.
  • Somm Session: Guide to Red Wine

    Somm Session: Guide to Red Wine

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Grenache- learning about red wine can be intimidating. Wine is a whole world of information and it can be difficult to know where you should begin. Learn the basics about acidity, body, tannins, and other red wine essentials to impress your friends and further your wine knowledge.
  • Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Guide

    Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Guide

    No matter what type of celebration you are planning this Thanksgiving, wine can only make it better. The best wine with turkey, pairing with the courses, and fall wine trends to elevate your Thanksgiving celebration this year.
  • Sip or Treat: Halloween Wine Pairings

    Sip or Treat: Halloween Wine Pairings

    Does your Halloween game plan include a wine opener? Of course it does. Wine expands many pleasures, including the passing of candy to costumed cuties. Enjoying good wine makes hearing the doorbell ring equal a definite reason to toast!
  • Somm Session: Pinot Noir Wines

    Somm Session: Pinot Noir Wines

    August 18 is International Pinot Noir Day, but we can enjoy this velvety-smooth wine year-round. Blending the nuances of sweet red fruit, tart cherry, and earthy mushroom, Pinot Noir’s taste is classy, food-friendly, and welcome as a complement to any table or cellar.
  • Somm Session: Grenache Wines

    Somm Session: Grenache Wines

    From roses to ruby slippers to strawberry Starburst, some of our all-time favorites are red. So, when we’re looking for a wine that’s bold, light-bodied, and oh-so-elegant, we know what color to look for. One of our favorites is Garnacha (aka Grenache). In this article, you’ll learn the history and origin, processing notes, producing regions, and see, smell, and tasting notes of this favorite red. You’ll also find some hot (or, in this case, slightly chilled) tips on how to serve Grenache, and the best shape of glass. Get ready to impress friends at your next Wine Night. Cheers!
  • Somm Session: Sangiovese Wines

    Somm Session: Sangiovese Wines

    Learn more about Sangiovese — the popular Italian red wine varietal — with a rich history, balanced earthy flavors, and gourmet food pairings.
  • Top 6 Reasons to Gift Wine to Clients & Employees

    Top 6 Reasons to Gift Wine to Clients & Employees

    Research shows that corporate gifts help to increase customer acquisition and employee retention. It makes sense: everyone wants to feel appreciated for their work or the business they give. But what type of gifts are best fit for this purpose? Our take: wine.
  • Summer Sips - Best Wines for Hot Weather

    Summer Sips - Best Wines for Hot Weather

    The best summer sips feature high acidity, a light-to-medium body, and a dry flavor leading to a crisp finish. These sipping wines are made for a day by the pool or a picnic in the park. Light-bodied whites and ros​​és take center stage. These summer wines refresh the palate, taste better when chilled, and compliment delicious fresh summer foods. 
  • Wines of Washington State

    Wines of Washington State

    While Washington’s vineyards are still considered “new” even when compared to New World vineyards in California and Australia, Washington state is a wine region to watch.
  • Discover the Best Wines of California

    Discover the Best Wines of California

    California wines may be a newcomer on the scene, but their quality rivals that of the Old World. Discover the best of California wine country.