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Dune Wine: What Will They Drink In Dune 2?

If you’re a fan of science fiction novels from the 1960s, boyish gen-z actors, or sand, then you’re probably very excited for the month of march. Dune Part 2 is hitting theaters, this time with more worms, more desert, and more of Timothee Chalamet staring into the middle distance while having visions about Zendaya. As any fan of Dune can tell you, the spice must flow! But what about the wine? After spending a long time under the hot sun we can only assume that Paul Atreides, Chani, and the Lady Jessica will spend a significant amount of screen time relaxing in the shade with some classic vino. But what kinds of wine will they be drinking? Until the movie is released, we can only speculate on what the Dune wines will be.

Vinho Verde

A type of wine originally from Portugal, vinho verde literally means ‘green wine,’ and while sometimes it does have a slight greenish tinge, the name actually refers to its age. Vinho verde is usually pulled from the aging process early, and as a result it tends to be very light and tart. It’s best served chilled, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Timothee Chalamet cool off with a glass of this Dune wine after a long day riding sandworms and battling Harkonnens.

Merlot

In the world of Dune, there is nothing more important than Spice, a magical substance that slows aging and allows its users to see into the future. It’s also a component of many of the foods prepared in the desert, which leads me to think that a complex red wine with notes of clove like a merlot would pair excellently with a Spice-heavy meal that Paul and the Fremen might enjoy. I’ll bet anything that this wine appears in Dune Part 2.

The Best Dune Wine: Rosé

If Paul Atreides does not drink a full bottle of rosé on screen I think I will scream in the theater. If Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, and Florence Pugh don’t close out the film with a toast of beautiful pink wine I do not know what I will do, I’ll be so mad. From the very first behind the scenes photo of Dune Part 1 where I saw Timothee Chalamet as Paul, I thought to myself, that guy drinks rosé. I know in my bones that he will drink rosé. Please Warner Brothers I need this.

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What is the Most Presidential Wine?

By now the signs are impossible to ignore. ‘Vote for X’ signs in peoples lawns. Long winded New York Times think pieces about the end of democracy. A resurgence of the insane deep state psy-op to try to make you believe that ‘caucus’ is a real word. That’s right, it’s President Time again. Didn’t we just do this? You might ask. It sure feels that way. But time waits for no one, and in just a few short months it will be time to cast your ballot. But until then, lets ask ourselves: if wines could be president, how would they govern? Read on for more about presidential wine.

Chardonnay

If Chardonnay was president, they would be a master diplomat. War on the horizon? Avoided! Political crisis at home? Resolved! Critics would claim that Chardonnay is wishy-washy and wants to have it both ways, and if they find themselves in a situation that they can’t talk their way out of, they might not be able to take more decisive action. Chardonnay would be impeached 3 times for insider trading but would narrowly avoid removal each time.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc’s career as a presidential wine would be short but impactful. After heroically pushing several major reforms through congress and reshaping society for the better, Sauvignon Blanc would be assassinated by a lone gunman whos true motives would never be discovered due to their own untimely death.

Syrah

As president, Syrah would flout democratic convention, show blatant disregard for nearly every political party and interest group, but would oversee the building a surprising amount of very pretty, very functional infrastructure. Contemporaries would hate them, but after 100 years, their opponents will be dead and their name will be on all the coolest bridges and dams.

Pinot Noir

As a presidential wine, Pinot Noir would ascend to the White House after the previous president and vice president are killed within seconds of each other after slipping on the same banana peel. Pinot Noir would try their best, but ultimately they would decline to run for reelection and would retire to the countryside.

Rosé

If Rosé was president, all world conflict would cease immediately. Hunger would end, poverty would end, enemies would embrace as brothers, every day would be 70 degrees and sunny. Everyone would get sports cars and huge mansions and nothing bad would ever happen again.

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What is the Best Wine for Valentines Day?

February is here, and for some that means old brown snow, not enough sunlight, and a nagging feeling that winter should be over already. But if you’re single, February isn’t just a bad month: it’s the worst. Valentines day, right in the middle of the month, is a reminder of how happy your friends with partners are and how you are alone. But all is not lost! You can still get a date in time, or at least in time for next year, if you can accurately pick the best wine for Valentines Day.

White Wine

White wine isn’t the most traditional wine for Valentines Day. Chilled, fruity, and buttery flavors tend to work better in the warmer months, and, as we’ll talk about later, red is the color of love! However, there is one type of white wine that is perfect for Valentines Day, and that is champagne, prosecco, or any type of sparkling white wine. A traditional celebratory drink, carrying a bottle of champagne around on valentines day will have you primed to immediately make a toast if a potential partner accepts your advances.

Red Wine

It’s hard to go wrong with a red wine for Valentines day, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t certain options that are better than others. I recommend something layered and complex with fruity notes, like a cabernet sauvignon. Recommending this wine to a potential life partner is almost guaranteed to net you a Valentines date, but if for some reason the cab sav lets you down you can tell them that red wine is considered an aphrodisiac, which is a fact and thus impossible for them to deny.

The Greatest Wine for Valentines Day: Rosé

There is a simple reason for this: Rosé is pink. Pink is the color of valentines day. You can’t get more on brand than that! If you’re single on valentines day, call up any eligible partner you know and offer them a bottle of rosé. It will work! I promise you!

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Wine Tasting Notes: What’s the Deal?

The world of wine can be intimidating sometimes. Maybe you’ve been invited to a wine tasting where the beverage that you love is treated with a degree of nuance that you just don’t understand. What do they mean it has legs? It’s wine! Why are they swishing it around? And why are they saying that it tastes like stonefruit and charcoal when it actually just tastes like wine? As it turns out, wine has something called tasting notes.

What are wine tasting notes?

Sometimes it can seem like people are just making stuff up when they talk about the tasting notes of a wine. Being able to draw complex, identifiable flavors out of essentially a single ingredient seems insane! But tasting notes are real, and you can experience them too if you work to refine your palate!

How do I do that?

It takes a lot of time to become a fully trained sommelier, but starting is easy. A major tip is that even though they are called tasting notes, the flavor is really in the smell. If you practice identifying the odors of common wine notes like fruit, oak, and grass you’ll have an easier time identifying them when you drink the wine. Also remember to compare wines against each other, and keep in mind the grapes that go into each. If you have a deeper familiarity with the taste of wine, you’ll find it much easier to find the notes lingering within.

Don’t put to much pressure on yourself!

You aren’t getting tested on this. There’s no reason to worry about guessing the ‘correct’ wine tasting notes. Next time you have a nice glass of wine, try to identify as many notes as you can, and maybe even compare thoughts with whoever you are sharing your bottle with. Wine tasting as a hobby has a snobbish reputation, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

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The Health Benefits of Rosé

We all know at this point that a lot of health trends are phony. One year the experts are telling you that you need to eat more eggs, the next a headline reads “eggs cause cancer, cease consumption immediately.” Nowhere is the health benefits of a food more heavily contested than in the world of wine. Some studies indicate a correlation between wine consumption and longer lifespans, but there’s nothing conclusive. Today, we are putting an end to the lies. We are cutting through the bullshit once and for all, to figure out the health benefits of rosé.

What are the health benefits of rosé?

As with any alcoholic beverage, the potential health benefits only outweigh the risks when consumed in moderation. Try to limit yourself to one glass outside of special occasions. With that said, there are some pretty significant upsides to drinking rosé! Better cholesterol is one thing. Chemicals present in rosé help your heart stay healthy, keeping your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels down at healthy levels. The same chemicals can also reduce your risk for certain types of cancer and will help you combat aging and cognitive decline.

How healthy is rosé compared to other wine?

You could make a solid argument that rosé is the healthiest of all types of wine! The chemical compounds that lead to the amazing health benefits of rosé are found in greater quantities in red wine and orange wine (white wine made with extra skin contact), which might lead you to think that those varieties are actually the healthiest. However, most rosés have a lower calory count than reds and oranges, and dry rosés also tend to be much lower in sugar. So if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to your normal wines and beers, try for a rosé!

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2024 Wine: What Are The Trends?

We’re a few weeks into the new year, and there’s one thing on everyone’s minds: What wines will define 2024? If you want to remain relevant in this fast paced age of tik tok, chatGPT, bitcoin, and other things that I have learned about against my will, you need to get rid of all that boring old 2023 wine and stock up quick on the HOT NEW TRENDS. But what are these hot new trends? How can we predict what wine will be all the rage in the near future? It may seem impossible, but there are actually a few tricks that can make it quite easy.

2024 Wine: How to Find It

An effective but expensive method to increase your chances of acquiring the hot new wines before everyone else is to buy literally every bottle of wine you can find. Will 2024 be dominated by dark, smoky reds? Maybe! Buy as many as you can find. What about buttery, oaky whites? The same. If you have the cash, this is the most effective way to make sure that you are stocked up with what you need to look cool.

Of course, there are more sophisticated ways to find 2024 wine. If you have your nose to the ground and know what to look for, you might be able to find the trendiest wine with the highest degree of accuracy. It may take a while to properly analyze all the various external factors that make a wine the next big thing, such as weather patterns, socioeconomic trends, national and international spiritual health, and more. But the results will be worth it!

That’s a lot of work.

It is! If you have neither the money to buy every wine, nor the time to develop a skill for trend-finding, then there’s still an option for you: Buy some rosé. Its good for every season, it’s loved by all, and it never goes out of fashion. The hunt for 2024 wine can be over with just a single purchase.

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Rice Wine: What’s the Deal?

You’ve probably heard of rice wine. While not technically ‘wine’ as it’s not made of grapes, rice wine is the staple alcoholic beverages of many parts of the world. While it’s likely that you’ve tried sake at a hibachi restaurant and have a passing familiarity with it, it might surprise you just how expansive the world of rice wine is! From Japan to India, the styles and varieties have almost as much variation as more familiar grape based wines.

How is it made?

Despite its alcohol content generally matching wine (most are actually a little bit stronger), the process for making Japanese sake or Korean Makgeolli is actually closer to that of beer. Rice and water is combined with a fungal culture that converts the starches and sugars into alcohol. The brewer can modify this process however they like to change taste, texture and alcohol content.

What are the varieties of rice wine?

Japanese sake is the most famous rice wine, and it comes in two general categories: a sweeter unfiltered variety and a smoother filtered variety. While it’s a little harder to find in the west, Korean Makgeolli can also be fairly easily acquired. It boasts a much lower alcohol content and has a thicker texture- while it is traditionally unpasteurized and thus continues to ferment in the bottle, some pasteurized varieties make up for the loss in flavor by introducing fruit juices and other outside flavors. If you’re interested in getting really deep into the world of rice wine, there are variations of it made and drank all across Asia: China, India, Vietnam, and more all boast several varieties that look and taste surprisingly different from the clear or milky liquid than you might expect.

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Winter Wine

Wine can be enjoyed at any time of the year, but if you’re like me you like to keep your beverages in a loose seasonal rotation. You can enjoy a hearty potato based stew in the summer but that doesn’t mean that it won’t feel a bit better in the fall or winter. The same is true of wine! As the nights get longer and the days get colder, you may find yourself taking stock of your wine reserves and thinking: What will warm me up best in this chilly, chilly season? Solid winter wines tend to be drier, higher in alcohol content, and often taste good heated or mulled.

How about a rich red?

When deciding on a wintery wine to pair with a seasonal feast, its usually pretty hard to go wrong with a full bodied red like a cab sav or a syrah. Not only do these pair well with richer, heavier winter fare, but the higher alcohol content will make your body think it’s a good deal warmer than it actually is. 

If you pick a red that has a little extra sweetness alongside its full body, you’ve found a perfect candidate for mulling. Great with a meal or as an after dinner treat, wine heated up with mulling spices is a divine experience, and can be done at home at little extra cost.

Are whites on the table?

You don’t normally think of white wine when you think of winter wine, but that doesn’t mean that they have no place in a seasonal meal. If you haven’t tried orange wine, this winter might be the time! Orange wine is made with white grapes, but like a red wine it allows the grape skin to remain in contact with the juice during the winemaking process. The result is a richer, fuller body, much better suited for a winter wine. Sort of like a reverse rosé!

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What is Natural Wine?

If you have your ear to the ground in the wine world, you’ve probably heard of something called ‘natural wines.’ But wait, aren’t all wines natural? Or do they mean naturally occurring wines, like grapes that crush themselves, ferment, and then miraculously flow together into the perfect blend? While that would be cool, unfortunately there are no documented cases of a smooth red blend occurring in nature. So what are natural wines?

Natural Wines: A Brief Explanation

The emergence of natural wine happened in the 1960s, when some winemakers decided to dial back on some of the modern complexities of the craft and get back down to basics. The result is natural wine, created without any of the additives or processing that modern wine uses to refine the look and flavor of their products. As a result of using traditional wine making techniques, the natural stuff is a lot more variable in quality than regular wines- which can be a good thing or a bad thing!

What Do They Look Like?

The first big difference you’ll notice is their cloudiness. The wines we know and love today are clear because of the purification and filtration processes that we use, but natural wines forgo these extra steps, leaving a lot of sediment behind to give the wine new and interesting flavors and textures. 

What Do They Taste Like?

If you’ve had a wild ale or a ‘sour’ style beer, you might have an idea as to the unique flavor profiles of natural wine. The extra ‘funk’ that the natural wine might develop might not be for everyone, but it certainly adds a new dimension to wine tasting. And while there’s no science right now to back this up, some people report that they don’t feel hungover after a night drinking natural wine. It could be nature’s loophole!

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Thanksgiving and Wine

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means wine lovers around the are once again faced with the life altering, world shattering question: What wine should you serve at Thanksgiving? Should you choose a buttery white to complement the white meat of the turkey? Should you opt for a dark red to match the grim approach of winter? Should you give up, admit that both the world and you have gone insane, and serve each guest at your dinner table a can of original-strength Four Loko? If you feel lost in the world of Thanksgiving and wine, worry no longer: Amarose Wine Through the Grapevine Blog has got you covered.

Option 1: A Single Bottle

If you take great pride in your ability to put on a dinner, there is nothing that says cool confidence more than offering only a single type of wine for your friends and family to drink. If you decide to walk this path, you should know that it is less about the type of wine you provide and more about the statement made by not giving your guests options. Whether you’re pouring a dry zinfandel or a light pinot grigio, you must commit to your choice 100%.

Option 2: Give the Folks Some Options

If you’re not up for delivering a bold, holiday-defining statement by only opting for a single type of wine, don’t worry! It’s perfectly acceptable, and usually even preferred, to offer some options to your guests. While this option is a little less gutsy than the first one, it requires more work than you might think. You should pick your wines prudently, so that while you’re accommodating several tastes you are also complimenting your dishes.Go for a refreshing, tangy white like a Chenin Blanc or a Riesling, as well as a lighter red like Pinot Noir or a Zinfandel. While you’re at it, maybe even sneak a bottle of Amarose in there. Thanksgiving rosé could be the next big thing!

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