By Quini Team March 2, 2016 Comments Off
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WHAT’S NEW

Quini is on the move. We have just relocated to some great new digs on West 8th in Vancouver. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by to say hello. We may even have some wine on hand ;)

The database is growing! We’ve recently added UK wines to our database. Watch for more exciting UK market news in the coming weeks.

New Partner! Quini is proud to partner with UncorkedMonthly.com to power their New Bottle Experience wine reviews and interactive wine tastings. Be sure to check out their site for some outstanding winemaker profiles, podcasts and wine ratings. We’ll be announcing more partnerships soon, so stay tuned.

And finally… have you activated your personal taste profile email updates yet? With your wine varietal rankings, preferred regions and wineries emailed to you ahead of each weekend, you’ll get that much more confident and satisfied with your wine selections. Just go to the Sign In page to activate your weekly notifications today!

Now sit back and enjoy a few great wine reads to refresh and expand your wine tasting experience. Cheers!

FRENCH LESSONS: READING LABELS

Have you ever stood blindly in front of the French wine section at the local wine shop? Unless you are familiar with the terroir-based French naming conventions, navigating through French wines can be an intimidating task.

In this quick primer to understanding French wine labels, KL Turner provides guidance to turn your French decisions from “je ne comprends pas” to “oui, oui!” Read the full article here.

CHARACTERISTICS OF COMMON GRAPE VARIETIES

Wine decisions can be made much more easily if you have a general understanding of the differences and similarities in grape varieties.

Sean Weiderick provides an insightful summary of some of the more common grape varieties and their notable flavor and aroma characteristics.

Read the article here to find out which varieties could satisfy your sweet or savory desires.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE: WINE TASTING TERMS

Fruit forward, oaked, structured, tannic, acidic – these are all terms used to describe wines. But what exactly do these terms mean in the wine world?

KL Turner assists us with deciphering these terms and other tools of the trade, in this article.

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By Tanisha Townsend December 1, 2015 Comments Off
I Don't Think I Like Wine

Really?? There are over 1000 grape varietals, you haven’t found ANYTHING you liked?? Wait, you’ve only tried 3 or 4? I understand you being hesitant to continue to blindly pay for and try wine after wine after wine only to get home disappointed and out of money when you pour said wine down the drain. That has happened to me. Well, not the drain part…no wine left behind! But I’m so glad you’re reading this, as we at Quini are here for you.
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By Bernard Kenner November 8, 2015 Comments Off
Judgement Of BC

If you’ve tasted lots of wine, from lots of places over a long period of time with a critical eye and palate, you get pretty confident in your ability to figure wines out. You can identify what you are tasting and if you are familiar with the winemaking process, you can often figure out how it got made, and maybe where it is from as well. But nothing puts that to the test like being on a tasting panel at a special event, which forces you to take your focus up a notch or two, as well as seeing how your palate compares to other acknowledged experts.
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By KL Turner November 5, 2015 Comments Off
Predicting the Peak

Isn’t it romantic? Carefully slipping a dusty bottle out of a dark bin in a cool wine cellar, you announce the name and the vintage with great pride. Sipping the highly anticipated liquid nirvana proves a scenario almost as intoxicating as the wine itself. Don’t we all hold hope for that experience just once during our lifetime, opening a great bottle of wine, aged to perfection? Truth is, less than one percent of the wine produced each year is really worthy of a long snooze in the cellar.
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