Wine and Walnuts

A blog about eating, drinking, cooking and reading in the not so Deep South

Wine Basics: Acidity

Kimberly Houston | April 10, 2011

Aah, acidity. Once I understood this concept, so many other things about wine, especially food and wine pairing, made so much more sense.
Let’s break it down, simply ~
• All wines contain some level of acidity.  You’ll notice it most in tart wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Chianti, and light reds like Beaujolais.  (And others besides, but [...]

Wine Basics: Tannins

Kimberly Houston | March 17, 2011

(So what’s the deal with that pic of tea up there? Not to worry, all will become clear.)
Today we’re going to tackle an often little understood wine basic: tannin.
Oh, how many times have I heard tannin dissed by wine shoppers who don’t understand its reason for being, or heard at a wine tasting, “I don’t [...]

Wine Basics: Dry Versus Sweet and What It All Means, in 5 Easy Steps

Kimberly Houston | January 20, 2011

OK. I feel compelled to write this specific post because I need to get a couple things off my chest.  Yes, that’s right, I’m taking to the blog to work out some of my recent (wine-selling) frustrations.
To be clear, these aren’t frustrations having anything to do with you, the ever awesome readers of Wine and [...]