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.

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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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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Carbs in Wine: Can You Still Drink Wine on a Low-Carb Diet?

If you’re trying to limit your carb intake, you may think that wine is off the table. Luckily, you can enjoy wine without overloading on carbs. The trick is knowing which type of wine to choose. We'll guide you through everything you need to know about carbs in wine.

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Is Wine Without Sulfites Better for You?

Does wine without sulfites exist? And is this type of wine better for your health? This guide will clue you into everything you need to know about sulfites so you can make an informed decision before picking your next bottle of wine.

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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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Au Naturel: A Beginner’s Guide to Natural Wine

As more people look for sustainable, chemical-free products, it’s no surprise that natural wine has entered the spotlight. Find out what exactly qualifies wine as natural, how it's different from conventional wine, and how to pick one that's right for you.

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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 

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

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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