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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!

  • 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.
  • Top 5 Ways to Upcycle Wine Bottles

    Top 5 Ways to Upcycle Wine Bottles

    Each In Good Taste wine flight features six to eight mini bottles of premium wine, presenting the perfect opportunity to taste your way through the best that the world of wine has to offer. We’ve put our fans on social media to the test to provide their favorite upcycle ideas for reusing each 187ml bottle after their tasting is over.  Let’s take a look at some of the most creative wine bottle upcycled DIY projects!
  • How to Sound Like a Wine Expert

    How to Sound Like a Wine Expert

    Getting comfy with the terms used in growing, making, and describing wine will make your next journey into the wine world taste even sweeter (or more acidic, aromatic, tart…you get the idea). Plus, you'll sound super smart.
  • Top 8 Tips for Hosting a Wine Tasting

    Top 8 Tips for Hosting a Wine Tasting

    Learning about wine doesn't have to be intimidating. In fact, keeping it simple can make the night more enjoyable and help you to focus on what your tastebuds are telling you. In Good Taste offers Virtual Wine Tastings hosted by experts, free with your purchase of a Wine Flight.
  • How to Build the Ultimate Charcuterie Board

    How to Build the Ultimate Charcuterie Board

    Creating the best charcuterie board means looking at all of the components, from the meats, cheeses, and spreads to the complimentary wine selection. You need to find the perfect balance between salty and sweet, crisp and savory, acidic and umami. Presentation is key to making the charcuterie board a party centerpiece. All of these components are explored below and, as a bonus, we will also look at how to theme your charcuterie board to make it stand out and taste delicious.
  • History of Black American Winemakers

    History of Black American Winemakers

    We salute our unsung heroes of the past who made waves and paved the way for other Black Americans in this industry, today’s Black wine leaders are positioned to make their own memorable mark.
  • The Delicious Down Under - Wines from AU & NZ

    The Delicious Down Under - Wines from AU & NZ

    Welcome to the delicious world of Wines from Down Under. As "New World" wine regions, the two countries aren’t beholden to the hundreds of years of tradition of Old World wine regions, allowing them to experiment, push boundaries, and ultimately, revolutionize the way the world views, produces, styles, and packages wine.
  • Syrah & Shiraz: What's the Difference?

    Syrah & Shiraz: What's the Difference?

    At its core, Syrah (Sih-RAH) and Shiraz (Shi-RAZ) wines are both made from the Syrah – but that’s just about where the similarities end. Let’s break down some of the differences between Syrah and Shiraz!