Knowledge base

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.

Decoding the Wine Decanter: Everything You Need to Know

We realize you might think wine decanters are the domain of wine snobs, but these tried-and-true instruments for serving wine could take your vino-sipping to next-level status. In this guide, you'll get the details on what a wine decanter is, why you might need one, the best way to use it, and how to choose one.

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Malbec Wine 101: What It Tastes Like and What To Pair It With

You may be interested in Malbec wine, but do you know what makes its flavors so intriguing? From its fascinating, cross-continental history to the best way to serve this deliciously full-bodied wine, this article will have you browsing the Malbec section when you make your next wine run.

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A Curious and Captivating History of Wine

Join us as we take a walk through the history of wine, including where it originated (hint: it's not France) and how various cultures have produced and used it over the years. There’s so much history packed into one little glass!

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Understanding the Delicious World of Aromatized Wine

If you’re looking for a classic drink with plenty of flavor and personality, aromatized wine may be right up your alley. In this article, we’ll show you how aromatized wine is made, the many varieties it comes in, and the best way to enjoy this fruity, herby delight.

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Noble Rot Wine: How Rotten Grapes Make the Sweetest Wine

You might think there's nothing noble about a rot-inducing fungus, but in the weird and wild world of wine, noble rot is one of nature's greatest gifts. Discover some pro tips for enjoying noble rot wine, including ideal serving temperature, food pairings, and the type of glass to use.

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What’s the Difference Between Table Wine and Regular Wine?

The term “table wine” is one that’s been thrown around for years, but what does it really mean? We spill the details on what table wine means, how the definition changes depending on where you are in the world, and the best way to choose your next bottle.

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That Scintillating Sensation: A Beginner's Guide To Sparkling Wine

Pop, fizz, clink! Get ready to discover everything you need to know about sparkling wine, including how it's made, the different kinds you can choose from, and whether Champagne and sparkling wine are really the same thing. You'll also pick up some expert tips on properly chilling and serving sparkling wine.

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Orange Wine: What Is It and What Does It Taste Like?

You may have seen orange wine lurking on the wine menus of on-trend restaurants or being pushed your way by an eager sommelier. But what gives orange wine its extraordinary color? It is made with oranges? What does it taste like? We’ll answer all of your questions and show you how to pair this unique wine.

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Guide To Sweet Wines for Those Who Don’t Like Sweet Wine

Think you hate sweet wine? Let us show you the light. Whether you're a new wine drinker or a sommelier at heart, join us as we delve into the dulcet realm of sweet wines, including how they're made, what makes them unique, and which sweet and savory foods pair best with these luscious liquids.

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When Good Wine Goes Bad: Can Old Wine Make You Sick?

In this article we take a look at the do’s and don'ts of wine aging and storage, to help you to decide whether you should drink that mysterious, dusty old bottle you’ve discovered in the basement. Can that old wine make you sick? We'll guide you through everything you need to know.

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Pinot Noir Wine: How This Red Varietal Rules the World

There's more to Pinot Noir wine than you might realize. In this guide, you'll learn more about this favorite, including where it's grown, what it tastes like, and how it's made. You'll also get some tips for enjoying Pinot Noir whether you're sipping solo at home or planning a fun wine tasting party with friends.

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Can You Freeze Wine? How Extreme Temperatures Affect Wine

If you’ve ever opened too many bottles of wine at a dinner party, you may have wondered, “Can you freeze wine?” Or perhaps you left a bottle in the freezer by accident as you tried to chill it — is it destined for the trash? In this article we’ll tell you all you need to know about cooling, freezing, and thawing wine.

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