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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.

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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How Wine Is Made: Everything You Need to Know About Winemaking

How Wine Is Made: Everything You Need to Know About Winemaking

Learn the five essential steps of how wine is made, including how the grapes are harvested, the difference between making red wine and white wine, and why understanding the process will help you appreciate your next bottle of vino.

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Swirl, Sniff, Sip: How to Drink Wine Like an Expert

Swirl, Sniff, Sip: How to Drink Wine Like an Expert

Navigating the vast world of wine drinking can be daunting for new wine drinkers. But all you really need to drink wine properly is a curiosity and eagerness to try new things. With that in mind, consider this your guide on how to drink wine like a pro.

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The Myths and Facts About Wine Legs

The Myths and Facts About Wine Legs

Many wine lovers swear that wine legs are a significant feature of wine, but we’re here to burst that bubble. There are certain wine myths that refuse to die, and wine legs is one of them. It's time to put those rumors to rest and get the truth about wine legs.

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Wine and Cheese Pairing Made Simple

Wine and Cheese Pairing Made Simple

When it comes to wine pairing, the best way to discover what works is to experiment and let your taste buds take the lead. That said, it helps to have a little direction. To help you on your way, here are some basic guidelines for creating the perfect wine and cheese pairings.

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Red vs. White Wine: Which Is the Best Choice for You?

Red vs. White Wine: Which Is the Best Choice for You?

In the battle of red vs. white wine, which one reigns supreme? While there's not a single answer, there are some key qualities you should know about each type of wine to help you make the best choice for your taste.

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An Easy-to-Digest Guide to Pairing Wine Like a Pro

An Easy-to-Digest Guide to Pairing Wine Like a Pro

The simple goal of wine pairing is to make food and wine taste better than they would on their own. The following tips will acquaint you with some pairing basics, how food affects the taste of wine, and what makes for great wine pairings.

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Sip Sip Hooray: The Ultimate Wine Tasting Party Guide

Sip Sip Hooray: The Ultimate Wine Tasting Party Guide

As a wine lover, hosting a wine tasting party is one of the more creative ways to share your passion with friends, try new wines, and improve your palate. Use this guide to learn how to create a fun and memorable experience.

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Wine Temperature: The Ideal Temperature to Store and Serve Wine

Wine Temperature: The Ideal Temperature to Store and Serve Wine

Drinking wine is about enjoying yourself, not following rules. However, when it comes to wine temperature, some rules do apply. Here are a few golden tips and tricks that can really make your favorite bottle pop.

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The 3 Types of Wine Every Wine Lover Must Know

The 3 Types of Wine Every Wine Lover Must Know

Choosing wine can be daunting. That’s why we’ve created this beginner’s guide to wine types. Join us as we guide you through three of the most common types of wine, so you can make the best choice to suit your taste.

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Everything You Need to Know About Tannins in Wine

Everything You Need to Know About Tannins in Wine

For most wine lovers, a great bottle of wine goes deeper than flavor. It’s about how it feels on the palate. Tannins play a large part in this. The tannins in wine could even be the reason you love a particular variety, or never want to be in the same room with it again.

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