Yes to Wine ! The Wine Magazine

Welcome to Yes to Wine, the magazine that gives you great insights on the infinite world of wine. Wine education, wine culture and wine travel are the focus of this website. The goal is to demystify and deepen your knowledge of wine as we also learn new things everyday about this wonderful beverage. Tastings notes, great recommendations, encounters with winemakers, all in a not intimidating way. Red, white, rosé, sparkling or spirits for all tastes. From Tuesday night picks to high end wines for special occasions, there is wine for everyone and every budget. Enjoy the ride with us ! Thank you for being here !

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BELGIUM, SOON TO BE THE LAND OF “CLEAN” VINEYARDS

Sometimes referred to as hybrids, interspecific grape varieties are emerging in Belgium as the royal way to an eco-responsible vineyard that produces singular wines representative of a unique terroir. The owner of Château de Bioul, in Wallonia, has taken on this bold mission. By Frédéric Arnould, DIP WSET Everyone knows Merlot, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. But what about Solaris, Cabernet Cortis and Johanniter? These grape varieties are the result of natural cross-fertilization. We’re not talking GMOs here, but crosses between European, American and even Asian varieties to produce these so-called interspecific grape varieties. One of the great...

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How to detect wine faults

They are the worst enemies of our guilty pleasure! They are called oxidation, reduction, corked wine, Brettanomyces and others. How do we identify those faults when our glass of wine smells funny or has a strange color? And what can be done ?  Follow the guide. 

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The Most Popular Types of Red Wine Grapes

How to find your way among Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and other Tempranillo ? Here is a summary description, not exhaustive of some very widespread red grape varieties. Just to give you points of reference in this maze of grape varieties which number in the thousands in the world.

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For the love of Chenin

I have often said that one of my favorite grape varieties is chenin. My trip to Montlouis-sur-Loire only confirmed my love for wines made from this grape variety. I admire its versatility (it can be produced in dry, semi-dry, sweet or sparkling wines) and its adaptability to different terroirs. By Marie-Hélène Boisvert If there is one thing I learned from my participation in the Montlouis on the rock event, it is that Chenin blanc has an energy of its own. The various tastings and conferences of winemakers also allowed me to grasp a little better what this grape variety...

What is Vegan Wine ?

Always on the lookout for trends, some are interested in vegan wine. After the organic wine, the natural wine and the orange wine, more and more wines are labelled with a vegan logo. But what does wine have to do with vegan products ?

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When artificial intelligence blends with wine tasting

Is there a more sensory activity than wine tasting? The aromas, the textures, the length in the mouth, everything is a matter of sensations perceived by the person who drinks the precious nectar. But in 2022, the famous artificial intelligence algorithms are getting involved. And one of the world’s most prestigious and serious wine tasting competitions is betting that everyone will win.

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What about acidity in wine

Acidity is an essential constituent of wine. This is what gives the impression of freshness and the sour or tangy side of a white, a rosé or even a red wine. And we know it perhaps less, but the acidity also contributes to slow down the process of deterioration of the wine. Explanations.

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Vinho Verde, anyone ?

First of all, vinho verde (pronounced Vigno verday) means green wine in Portuguese. But, do not expect to see a green apple color or in any way fluorescent like kryptonite that even Superman could not refuse. But I digress … In fact, in this case we do not speak of « green wine » but rather of « young wine ». And young,  vinho verde is, since it is usually bottled from three to six months after the harvest. The vines grown to compose this one of a kind wine are located in the northwest of Portugal, in a region rather lush, thanks...

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Where do bubbles come from ?

Although this unorthodox « treatment » that could be called « Coca-Cola method » is practiced for some sparkling wines , the genuine beautiful bubbles actually come from a method a bit more complex and all-natural.

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Wine blending 101

When there are several varieties of grapes that are used for wine production, this is a blended wine. This technique is used around the world, from Bordeaux to Champagne and as far as Patagonia, Argentina and Australia.

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Merlot and the Sideways effect

You’ve probably already heard this famous replica from the mouth of actor Paul Giamatti who was answering his colleague Thomas Hayden Church in the now classic movie « Sideways »: « I’m Not Drinking Any F… Merlot » ! Believe it or not…

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Looking for the best Prosecco

If you are looking for the crème de la crème among the ocean of Prosecco found on our market, be aware that you need to look for the prestigious denomination of controlled origin and guaranteed (DOCG) Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Conegliano.

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