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Knowledge Base is a collection of thoughtful and unique stories and tidbits that celebrate wine.

Whether you're just getting started or are a wine aficionado, this is your destination for knowledge. Published by Usual, a lifestyle brand designing and creating thoughtful and delicious wines and beverages, Knowledge Base celebrates indulging yourself with information and a glass of wine, whenever, wherever, and however you want.

Why Every Meal Should End With a Glass of Moscato Wine

Why Every Meal Should End With a Glass of Moscato Wine

Whether you’re looking for the perfect aperitif with your dessert, are planning a long brunch date and want something with low alcohol, or simply can’t get enough of fruity flavors, this moscato wine might just be the ideal match for you.

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DIY Wine Rack Hacks: 6 Ideas That Won't Rack Your Brain

DIY Wine Rack Hacks: 6 Ideas That Won't Rack Your Brain

As a wine lover, you know that proper wine storage is essential for keeping your wine bottles from going bad. But if you don't have the space for a wine cellar or wine fridge, then it's time to get crafty with a DIY wine rack.

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Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out About Sediment in Wine

Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out About Sediment in Wine

Although it may look nasty, sediment in wine is completely natural and mainly made up of organic matter, such as seeds and grape skins. Wine sediment is also made up of dead yeast, referred to as lees in the winemaking world.They are completely harmless and, in fact, add body and flavor to the wine.

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How to Quickly Chill Wine: 8 Hacks for Cooling Down That Bottle

How to Quickly Chill Wine: 8 Hacks for Cooling Down That Bottle

There are so many methods that you can follow on how to quickly chill wine — some of which are helpful and others that are better off ignoring. No matter what type of wine you're serving, with the right method, you can get it chilled in a hurry.

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Sparkling Rosé: Varieties and Pairings for This Summer Drink

Sparkling Rosé: Varieties and Pairings for This Summer Drink

It’s no wonder the world seems to have fallen in love with sparkling rosé. Boasting a host of wonderful fruity flavors and with plenty of varieties to choose from, there’s bound to be a bottle to suit your tastes.

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Do You Refrigerate Wine? How to Properly Store and Serve Wine

Do You Refrigerate Wine? How to Properly Store and Serve Wine

Do you refrigerate wine? In a word, yes. But there are a few details to keep in mind. Along with properly storing wine (on its side in a cool, dark place), you must take into account the type of wine you're chilling.

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How to Store Wine: Avoid Ruining Your Stash

How to Store Wine: Avoid Ruining Your Stash

The first thing you should know about how to store wine is re-corking it properly. Creating a tight seal on your bottle is a must, so make sure you keep hold of that cork. This will ensure your wine stays as lovely as when you first opened it.

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Marsala Wine: Everything You Need to Know About This Sicilian Favorite

Marsala Wine: Everything You Need to Know About This Sicilian Favorite

When it comes to cooking wine, it doesn't get more iconic than Marsala wine. Marsala is produced with the addition of a distilled spirit that gives it a higher alcohol content and longer shelf life. It's also a distinctive wine — it's classified by color and age and can be made with white or red grapes.

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Does Wine Go Bad? Top Tips to Make It Last

Does Wine Go Bad? Top Tips to Make It Last

Most wine will eventually go bad. Oxygen is the biggest enemy for most wine, so you'll want to enjoy it as soon possible after opening it. But that doesn't mean you have to gulp the entire bottle at once. With the right tools, storage practices, and some wine knowledge, you can make that bottle last just a bit longer.

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Port Wine: All You Need to Know About This Popular Portuguese Drink

Port Wine: All You Need to Know About This Popular Portuguese Drink

Port is not just red, sweet wine — it comes in 52 varieties, including dry white and rosé. Also, unlike other wines, Port is fortified with spirits for an extra boost of alcohol. (No wonder it's best in small glasses.)

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Alcohol Content of Wine: How to Choose the Right Amount for You

Alcohol Content of Wine: How to Choose the Right Amount for You

To help you understand the highs and lows of alcohol content of wine we're giving you a brief breakdown of different alcohol levels in your favorite wine types. We'll also talk a bit about how the amount of alcohol can affect the taste of wine along with some delicious ideas for food pairings based on alcohol levels.

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Dessert Wine: Why It’s Different From Other Wines and How to Pair It

Dessert Wine: Why It’s Different From Other Wines and How to Pair It

There is a place and time for dessert wine and it can be more versatile than you might realize. To that end, allow us to give you a little background on dessert wine and how it's different from other types of wines. We'll also provide a handy list of dessert wines along with some tantalizing food pairings.

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Your Complete Guide to Cooking Wine vs. Regular Wine

Your Complete Guide to Cooking Wine vs. Regular Wine

Wine and food pairing has been practically elevated to an art form. But when you talk about cooking with wine, that's where things get a little fuzzy. In this guide, you'll learn all about cooking wine, including what it is, how it compares to regular drinking wine, and which types of wine to choose for your recipe.

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Find Your Perfect Match With the Best Red Wine Options

Find Your Perfect Match With the Best Red Wine Options

From almonds and berry fruits to cherry-like and velvety, there’s a red wine out there for you. Here, we’ll break down the best red wines and help you choose the ones you’ll like most based on your preferences. From velvety Cabernets to punchy Sangiovese wines, we'll help you find the perfect red.

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Fortified Wine: What It Is, How It's Made, and 5 Types to Try

Fortified Wine: What It Is, How It's Made, and 5 Types to Try

To satisfy your curiosity and help you develop an even deeper appreciation for wine, this guide will fill you in on everything you need to know about fortified wine, including how it's made and why. You'll also learn about the most popular varieties and the best way to pair them so you can fortify your own wine game.

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Dry Wine: What It Is and Your Guide to the Best Types

Dry Wine: What It Is and Your Guide to the Best Types

“Dry wine” is one of those industry terms that can be particularly confusing. You’re not the first person to be vexed by the label of dry wine on a restaurant menu or at a wine tasting. Let's break down what the term “dry” really means when it comes to wine and go over the different types of dry wine to try.

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Cow Horns, Moon Phases, and Organic Grapes: All About Biodynamic Wine

Cow Horns, Moon Phases, and Organic Grapes: All About Biodynamic Wine

In this guide to biodynamic wine, we'll decipher the basics of this esoteric-sounding wine as well as some nitty-gritty details that might make you scratch your head before grabbing a bottle. We'll also compare it to organic wine and natural wine and offer the bottom line on whether this type of wine is better for you — and the planet. 

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How to Open a Wine Bottle (Even If You Don’t Have a Corkscrew)

How to Open a Wine Bottle (Even If You Don’t Have a Corkscrew)

Popping a cork takes a lot more skill than twisting off a beer bottle cap. To prevent potential mishaps, we’ve created this guide that will take you through the step-by-step process of how to open a wine bottle, with or without a corkscrew.

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Wine Terms to Help You Sound Like an Expert

Wine Terms to Help You Sound Like an Expert

Don't know your Chardonnay from your Champagne? Not sure what mouthfeel really means or what wine legs are all about? Whether you’re a curious novice or seasoned aficionado, this glossary of wine terms will help you better understand and appreciate the wide world of wine.

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A Short Guide to Wine Acidity: Is Wine Acidic?

A Short Guide to Wine Acidity: Is Wine Acidic?

Acidity is an essential component of winemaking. While this might seem obvious when tasting sharp white wines, it may seem unlikely for a robust red. However, acid occurs in all types of wine. Learn about the role of acidity in wine and how to choose a bottle based on your acidity preference.

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All About Brut Wine: Your Beginner’s Guide to This Bubbly Wine

All About Brut Wine: Your Beginner’s Guide to This Bubbly Wine

Not sure if you know what brut wine is all about? Not to worry. This handy guide answer some of the most common questions about brut, including what it is, how it’s made, how to serve it, and which foods are best for pairing with this scintillating wine.

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From Grapes to Glass: An Essential Guide to Viniculture 

From Grapes to Glass: An Essential Guide to Viniculture 

While you likely know some basics about wine, you might rarely consider the fascinating intricacies of winemaking. But behind every bottle is a story. Viniculture is the journey from grapes to glass, and it’s far from short and simple — it’s a lengthy process that encompasses both art and science.

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What Is Rosé Wine? Learn the Basics of Your Favorite Pink Drink

What Is Rosé Wine? Learn the Basics of Your Favorite Pink Drink

From its pretty pink hue to its refreshing taste, rosé has become the “it” wine over the last several years. But despite being a social media star, many people still don't know what rosé is, or where it comes from. Get the full story of this popular pink drink before taking your next sip.

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Does It Really Matter What Types of Wine Glasses You Have?

Does It Really Matter What Types of Wine Glasses You Have?

While you can drink wine out of anything, to fully experience and taste your wine, you may want to invest in a variety of wine glasses. Discover why glassware matters and the different types of wine glasses to use for your next sip.

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