Business Insider UK spoke to Amelia Singer, a wine expert. Singer is a TV presenter on The Wine Show and writes for Waitrose Food Magazine. She told us about the most common mistakes made when serving wine.
Foot treading, stomping grapes by foot to extract the juice, is at the heart of the making of authentic port wine. It is a very traditional and labor-intensive method, yet it is still the one producing the finest ports. We visited Quinta de Vargellas, a wine estate owner by Taylor's, one of the founding port houses.
Although port wine bears the name of the seaport city of Porto, it is actually in the steep hillsides of the Douro Valley in northern Portugal that it has been made for centuries. The region was legally demarcated by the Portuguese government in 1756, meaning that authentic port can only be made here.
Mark Oldman is a celebrity in the wine tasting world and has been named “the top personality in the wine business.” His best selling book describes “How to Drink Like a Billionaire.” If you actually are a billionaire, or at least a celebrity or Manhattan socialite, you can purchase a private tasting with Mark and gain access to some of the rarest wines in the world.
The exclusive tasting is tucked away in Oldman’s secret wine vault (he lovingly calls his Wine Sanctuary) where he thinks up the perfect food pairings for bottles priced at thousands of dollars. We try a tasting in this luxurious and secretive vault and learn from Mark what it takes to “drink like a billionaire.”
Champagne is only true champagne if it's made in the Champagne region of northern France. All other sparkling wines made outside of this region, even those from neighboring parts of France, must be labeled differently. Champagne often costs double the price of other sparkling wines, such as prosecco or cava. A decent-quality bottle of it can cost you anywhere from $50 to $300, and vintage bottles often sell for thousands.