Wine is a great way to enjoy food, social functions or even a simple outing. If you are just starting to get into wine, however, it is likely that you may have quite a few questions that you find yourself asking. In order to help you sort out and answer some of those questions we’ve taken the time to answer just a couple of those common questions you may be asking yourself about wine.

1. What is the meaning of “vintage”? Vintage simply refers to the exact year grapes were harvested for any particular wine. Most vintage wines only include grapes from the exact vintage specified, while some regions actually allow a small percentage of an adjacent vintage’s wine to be combined to a particular blend while still being called a vintage wine. Typically non-vintage wines are blends of multiple vintages. Some wines that are produced in Europe actually have to label bottles as non-vintage wines since the grapes being used are not authorized for that particular region or country.

2. How should my wine be stored? It is important that wines be kept out of heat, light and even vibration. Fortunately there are just a few basic steps to help you store your wine to ensure that it will last. For starters, wine should always be kept in a cool place where the temperature does not exceed more than 75 degrees Fahrenheit since it can cause the wine to spoil. In addition, wine should also be kept in a dark place since wine is sensitive to light. Furthermore, wine should always be left to lay on its side while it is being stored. This allows the cork to stay moist. Lastly, the wine should be left alone and undisturbed all the way up until you plan on actually opening it up to drink.

If you ever have any other questions about the wines you are tasting or just wine in general, feel free to ask the Temecula wine tasting hosts of Ponte Winery. Ponte Winery is one of the finest Temecula wineries in Southern California. As a fine Temecula winery, Ponte Winery can offer you and your friends and family an abundance of knowledge when it comes to wine, wine tasting, wine pairing and so much more. So the next time you are in the area, be sure to visit Ponte Winery to enjoy a relaxing day filled with mouthwatering wine.

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Plan your next Southern California winery tour by visiting beautiful Temecula wine country. Take the time to experience a Temecula Wine Tasting at a wonderful Temecula Winery like Ponte Winery. As one of the finest Temecula Wineries, Ponte Winery is proud to be a green winery. They make it a point to do everything in their power to maintain a green and sustainable winery