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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.

5 DIY Wine Glass Rack Ideas That Will Keep Your Stemware Safe

5 DIY Wine Glass Rack Ideas That Will Keep Your Stemware Safe

From rustic creations to modern designs, get ready to roll up your sleeves and create your own stylish glassware storage solution. We’ve curated a list of five winning ideas for making a DIY wine glass rack. But first, let's review why the types of stemware you choose makes a difference.

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Discover 14 of the World’s Favorite Wine Varietals

Discover 14 of the World’s Favorite Wine Varietals

In this guide we will cover the most popular wine varietals that you’ll encounter in the grocery store and at restaurants. From the fabulously French Cabernet Sauvignon to the infamously Italian Pinot Grigio, all the way to California’s pride and joy, Zinfandel, this is your beginner’s guide to wine varietals.

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A Beginner’s Guide to 24 Popular Wine Grapes

A Beginner’s Guide to 24 Popular Wine Grapes

We all know that wine comes from grapevines, but do you know which ones? In this beginner’s guide to wine grapes, we break down 24 of the most popular wine grapes every wine lover should know.

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From Croatia to California: Your Complete Guide to Zinfandel Wine

From Croatia to California: Your Complete Guide to Zinfandel Wine

Whether you're making plans for a special occasion or simply want to upgrade your weeknight game plan, it's hard to miss with a glass of Zinfandel wine. While this popular wine is practically synonymous with California, it's actually a Croatian original that has been around for centuries.

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Understanding the Complex World of Wine Appellation

Understanding the Complex World of Wine Appellation

Wine appellation is a historic labelling system which tells the consumer about wine before they drink it. It reveals some of the lesser known workings of the wine industry and can help you understand which wines to choose.

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Madeira Wine: A Beginner's Guide to This Fortified Favorite

Madeira Wine: A Beginner's Guide to This Fortified Favorite

When it comes to unusual wines, it's hard to beat Madeira. While it's similar to other fortified wines that have a higher alcohol content and longer shelf life, Madeira wine truly stands on its own.

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Gewurztraminer Wine: Fall in Love With This Aromatic Classic

Gewurztraminer Wine: Fall in Love With This Aromatic Classic

While not the most typical choice, Gewurztraminer wine is still grown all over the world. It’s moved beyond its classic home of Alsace, France to wine regions like New Zealand and Ohio. This tricky little grape still stands its ground in the aromatic wine category. And, along with Moscato wine, we think it may be ready for a comeback.

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6 Red Wine Stain Removal Ideas Using Everyday Items

6 Red Wine Stain Removal Ideas Using Everyday Items

Don't cry over spilled wine! We've created this guide for the best DIY red wine stain removal tips and tricks that don't require any harsh chemicals. This way, the next time you have a spill, you can chill — after following these steps, of course.

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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, 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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