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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30 years of wine tasting competition for this Belgian dynasty

If there is a wine tasting competition that is very popular with winemakers from all over the world and with tasters who are jostling to be part of it, it is the CMB, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Established 30 years ago and now a competition that travels the globe for 20 years, this competition is primarily the pride of the Belgian Havaux family, which had a little help in Montreal long ago. Let's take a look at an organization that is constantly reinventing itself.

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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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To Decant or not to Decant ?

You may think about buying a decanter, a nice “carafe” or an aerator? But should you really decant or aerate every wines ? What are the benefits and the risks of this operation ? 

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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