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Carl Walton

Owner & primary writer on PinotSquirrel.com. It is my goal to bring you the most useful and actionable guidance about wine storage there is online. I consult with industry experts to bring you only what you need to know.

When & Why Does Unopened Wine Go Bad [Simple Explanation]

There have been a few times in my life when opening a new bottle of wine has been rather unpleasant, with the wine somehow having gone bad inside the sealed bottle. So I set about finding out why this happens so that it hopefully doesn’t happen again.  Any unopened bottle of wine will eventually degrade …

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French vs. California Wines: Key Differences & Similarities

In the world of fine wines, France and California have emerged as powerhouses in the wine industry. At the Judgement of Paris wine tasting competition of 1976, two Californian wines beat the French wines. So, what makes French and Californian wines different? I went to a few tasting rooms to find out.  Californian wine is …

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Can You Drink Wine With A Cork In It? You Should Know This

Have you ever pushed a cork into a bottle of wine accidentally while opening it and wondered whether you can still drink the wine that has a cork in it? It has happened to me plenty of times, both accidentally and intentionally, when I haven’t had a corkscrew to open my wine.  It is entirely …

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All About Spanish Wines by a Local (Taste, Varieties & More)

When most people think of Spanish wine, they think of Rioja, Cava, and Sangria, though maybe not in that precise order. Spanish wine has a reputation for being cheaper and of lower quality than their French and Italian neighbors. However, while Spanish wine is cheaper thanks to mechanized farming practices, it is not lower quality. …

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Spanish Wines vs. Other Wines (French, Italian & More)

For a long time, I have wondered why Spanish wines had a bad reputation compared to neighbors France and Italy. The Spanish wines I have tasted are easily as good as more expensive French and Italian wines and in some cases tasted remarkably similar. Recently I got to spend 15 days at a Spanish winery …

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7 Main Factors That Makes Wine a Fine Wine (with 9 Examples)

Over the years I have had the opportunity to taste some really superb wines as well as a few that fell somewhat short of what their reputation promised. When it comes to the world of fine wine there are certainly key factors, not only in the sense of collectors’ value but also in the way …

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These 19 Wines Should Be Served Cold & Here’s Why

Ever since I first started wine tasting I have always heard people saying that Champagne, white wine, and rosé should all be served cold. The question for me was how cold? Some of my white wines seemed to lose flavor after a week or more in the kitchen refrigerator. Plus, what was the reason why …

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Estimated Costs to Repair Wine Fridge: Most Common Problems

Wine coolers are one of the best inventions for suburban wine collectors and restaurants that do not have the luxury of an underground wine cellar. However, not every wine cooler is good quality and can stop working at any moment. Some common problems can cause the need for repairs. The estimated cost to repair a …

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Simple Explanation: Mixing Red and White Wine [Tested]

There is a misconception that mixing red and white wine will produce a rose wine, but that is not at all the case. Taking individual red and white wines and mixing them will create a blend that is either intentional or for cooking, and this needs a simple explanation.  Mixing red and white wine is …

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DIY Guide: 5 Hacks on How to Get Wine Cork Back in Bottle

Millions of gallons of wine go to waste every year due to bottles being opened and the wine oxidizing before being finished. If you love wine but want to enjoy it over a few days, you’ll need to know a few simple DIY hacks to get that cork back in the bottle. The five best …

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