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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.

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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2 Reasons Why My Wine Fridge Is Ice Up (+ How to Fix It)

Are you a wine lover? Well, keeping an open wine for a long time can be challenging if you don’t have a wine fridge. A wine cooler can improve the lifespan of an open wine bottle.  A wine fridge is not just for wine lovers, though. They have many other benefits that you might not …

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Why Are White Wines in Clear Bottles (Simple Explanation)

You may notice that white wine is sometimes contained in darker-colored bottles. This is because it is better for the wine to limit its exposure to light – especially sunlight. However, if a wine company chooses to display the nuances of their wine’s color in clear glass, then they may face a challenge with consumers. …

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Champagne vs. Sparkling Wine: Differences You Should Know

Many people do not know the answer to this question: What is the difference between Sparkling Wine and Champagne? Is there any difference between them at all? Sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it comes from the region of Champagne, France which is located just outside of Paris. Furthermore, Champagne can only be …

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Simple DIY Guide: Opening a Wax Sealed Bottle Properly

A wax sealed bottle is a beautiful addition to your wine collection and looks great on your wine rack, but it can be intimidating when it comes time to open it. In a restaurant, wax wine bottles can sometimes help a customer distinguish between regular and reserved wines. Opening one of these bottles is easier …

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Lambrusco Storage (Opened & Unopened): Simple How to Hacks

It’s easy to indulge with a great bottle of Lambrusco when you’re enjoying great friends and good food, but what to do with the Lambrusco that’s left? Do most people assume that storing Lambrusco in the kitchen fridge is the best way to keep it fresh for extended periods, but is that actually the case?  …

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Riesling Storage: 5 Simple Hacks (Opened & Unopened)

The query of storing a slightly sweet white wine such as Riesling has its challenges. Whether opened or unopened, there are some simple hacks that can be used to maintain its fresh condition.  Storing opened or unopened bottles of Riesling (or all light white wines for that matter) are pretty easy concepts once you gain …

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Storing Ice Wine (Opened & Unopened): Simple How to Hacks

Anyone who has had ice wine before is most likely a fan due to its bright, complex flavor, the interesting way it is crafted, and its popularity among after dinner drinkers. Ice wine is named after the state the grapes are in when they’re harvested (they are frozen). The grapes are kept on the vine …

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Sauvignon Blanc Storage: Simple Hacks (Opened and Unopened)

The question of storing a white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc has its challenges. Whether opened or unopened, there are some simple hacks to preserve your wine.  Storing an opened or unopened bottle of Sauvignon Blanc is pretty straightforward once you learn the main principles. They are…avoiding sunlight, storing your bottle on its side, and …

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Buttery Wines Explained: What It Means & How It Tastes

How does a flavor such as butter get into your wine? If you don’t happen to be a wine expert or a chemist, it’s not a bad question.  Buttery can refer to a flavor, smell, texture, or some combination of all three and it is most commonly associated with Chardonnay. Buttery flavors usually come from …

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