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Dear Wine Ladies,

How does one know when or not to cellar a red wine? I have quite a few that have collected over the years in cold storage in my basement.

John, Austin, Texas


Read more: When should I cellar a red wine?Ask The Wine Ladies November 2013

 Dear Wine Ladies,

Over the last couple of years I've been enjoying Zinfandel more and more, particularly the ones that indicate coming from old vines. I've only ever seen them from California and was wondering if it is a grape that orginate's from there or if other places make them? Speaking of "old vines" how old do they have to be, to be able to claim that on the label?

Graham, Vancouver.


Read more: How old is the vine of an "old vine"wine?Ask The Wine Ladies October 2013

Dear Wine Ladies,

I've heard you talk about enjoying wines with chocolate many times and have dabbled in finding appropriate pairings. I'd love to throw a small party featuring the two but am not really sure where to begin. Could you offer me a couple of suggestions as to how many wines and how many types of chocolate I should offer, as well as the format the evening might take?

April, Oakville, Ontario

Read more: Sexy, seductive chocolate wine pairing party for two! Good for the heart in love and health. Ask...

Dear Wine Ladies,

I tasted a delicious Vidal Icewine which I learned was aged in oak. Is this typical? Are Icewines ok to age or should they be consumed when young?

Barry, Toronto

Read more: Icewine, drink it now or later? Ask The Wine Ladies January 2013

Dear The Wine Ladies,

We have been invited to my month-in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner, and I would like to surprise her with a decanter as a gift. She is just getting into wine and I thought she might enjoy this surprise instead of flowers or chocolates.

Would I be able to find one that would fall into my limited budget of around $35-$50? I'd like to share a few words of wisdom with my gift as well, if you wouldn't mind offering a few tips it would be greatly appreciated.

Should all red wines be decanted and what are the main reasons for decanting?


New York, New York

Read more: Let's Talk Turkey! To decant or not to decant that is the question!Ask The Wine Ladies December...

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