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Franklin’s Wines most Asked Questions


Wine can be confusing to those who are not familiar with it. So in this article, we will look at some of the most common questions we get asked regularly.

How do I start learning about wine?

Joining one of our tasting events is a great way to get started. We always have experts available to walk you through each tasting. Check out the latest events here, or just come in and ask some questions, we are always happy to teach and impart some of our expert knowledge.

What is the Difference Between a Vintage and Non-Vintage Wine?

Vintage wines are made from grapes that are grown in a single year. Whereas non-vintage wines are made from grapes that are grown over years.

What does it mean if wine is corked?

Corked wine is a term used to describe wines that have an unpleasant musty, wet cardboard smell. It is caused by the wine being contaminated with TCA (trichloroanisole) or other similar compounds that cause mould to grow within the cork.

What does Premier Cru mean?

Premier Cru is a term used to describe wines that are the best of their kind. These wines are typically from the best wine regions in France. Premier Cru wines are rare and expensive because they have very limited production.

The term Premier Cru comes from the French word for "first growth" or "first-class." This is because these wines are considered to be the best of their kind.

What is the difference between Cava and Champagne?

Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine that was first made in the 1850s. It is a cheaper alternative to champagne generally speaking. Champagne comes solely from the Champagne region of northeastern France. The process to make the two sparkling wines are very similar in terms of how they are fermented but to be a Champagne the wine must come from the North East of France.

What's the best temperature for serving wine?

  • Red wine: 18C

  • White & rosé wine: 12C

  • Sparkling wine: 7C

How do I best store wine at home?

Check out this blog post we wrote!

Have another question?

Comment below if your wine question hasn't been answered and we will get back to you. Or if you cannot wait, come and see us in person at Franklin's Wine Notting Hill . We look forward to seeing you soon!

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