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.

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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Is Wine Gluten-Free? Your Guide to Going Against the Grain

Inquiring wine lovers need to know: Is wine gluten-free? Yes, but there are exceptions that can make things a little problematic if you're trying to avoid gluten. Join as we explore the ingredients in wine as well as the different winemaking processes and additives that could lead to gluten in your wine.

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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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How to Enjoy Keto Wine in a Low-Carb Lifestyle

Can I drink wine on keto? Which wines are keto-friendly? How does alcohol affect ketosis? These are just a few of the impassioned questions you're probably asking yourself now that you've decided to give the keto diet a chance. You don't have to give up on your favorite drink, but there are some new rules to follow.

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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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Calories in Wine: How to Indulge Without Ruining Your Health Goals

You don’t have to forego your favorite rosé or red simply because wine has calories. There are several factors that affect the amount of calories in wine. By making smart choices, you can still enjoy wine without ruining your health goals. Here, we’ll break down how many calories there are in different types of wine.

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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

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

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” 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

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)

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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