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Susan Connolly

Susan is a wine consultant in the business for 15+ years working in all aspects of the business including: as a wine wholesaler for a large corporation representing wineries large and small, a go-between working directly with winemakers and multi-generation wine families, selling small boutique wines to retail as well as restaurants, hotels, and other venues, conducting wine dinners and writing wine lists for restaurants, and teaching wine education classes at a local university including Wine 101, Wines around the World, Food and Wine, Champagne for the holidays, among others.

Putting Wine Glasses in Dishwasher: Good or Bad Idea?

It is generally considered a good idea to put wine glasses in the dishwasher. Using a dishwasher can save time and energy compared to washing the glasses by hand and also help ensure that glasses are cleaned thoroughly. However, it is essential to note that not all glasses are dishwasher safe, and some wine glasses …

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6 Reasons Why You Should Buy Stemless Wine Glasses

Stemless wine glasses have become increasingly popular because they are more stable, easier to handle, and take up less space than traditional stemmed glasses. They are also more casual and versatile, making them suitable for formal and informal occasions. As a wine drinker, stemless glasses can be helpful to you if you prefer a more …

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Is Buying Wine at the Vineyard Cheaper? [Definitive Answer]

The price of a bottle of wine reflects several things, like the cost of production, the raw materials of grapes, barrels, and bottles, plus utilities and labor – administrative, marketing, and sales costs are a factor. The wine can be cheaper when sold directly to the consumer at the vineyard. This is because distributors, wholesalers, …

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Bringing Wine on a Cruise: Different Cruise Lines Compared

Bringing wine on a Cruise is favorable to some people because they would instead bring wine they have purchased from home that they know they like!  A few things to consider when comparing different cruise lines regarding their policies on bringing wine on board: quantity allowed, fees, type of wine allowed, storage, and onboard consumption. …

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Disposing of Old Unopened Wine & Bottles (5 Proven Tips)

Knowing how to dispose of old unopened wine and bottles can be challenging. While you don’t want to drink it anymore because it doesn’t taste good, you don’t always want to pour it down your drain either. In this article, you will learn about several alternatives to disposing of your bad wine down the drain …

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What Makes a Good Year for Wine? Focus on These Indicators

What year wine is best? This is a question many novices ask themselves. In this article, we will guide you to the wine’s best periods with an overview of vintage years. But before diving into the subject, let’s understand what vintage means. When it comes to the subject of wine, one of the terms that …

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Simple Reasons Why Wine Bottles Have a Dent in the Bottom

Pick up your latest wine purchase and examine the bottle. Besides a long, elegant neck, a screw-capped or corked top, and an eye-catching label, what else do you spot? Hint: check the bottom of your bottle. If you answered a “dimple,” then you just singled out one of the most mysterious features of the wine …

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Should Wine Glasses be Chilled or Not? (Facts & Cautions)

Behind closed doors, we all have our unique preferences for the ideal temperature of wine including whether or not to chill the glass. But when it’s time to throw on your best face and serve up an elegant evening for your friends, you probably would like to know the rules when it comes to chilling …

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4 Crucial Factors that Determine Good Wine (be like a PRO)

There are many crucial factors that determine good wine. For example, high-quality wines will express intense flavors and a lingering finish, with flavors lasting after you’ve swallowed the wine. Flavors that disappear immediately can indicate that your wine is of moderate quality at best. The better the wine, the longer the flavor finish will last …

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Explained: 2 Reasons Why Some Wine Bottles in Plastic Wrap

Wine collectors and traders commonly wrap their high-end bottles with plastic wraps, such as Saran Wrap, etc., to protect the labels from scrapes and scuff marks that could significantly reduce their resale value.  In my opinion, there isn’t a downside to wrapping bottles in clear plastic or keeping them wrapped long-term. The Saran Wrap is …

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