15 Helpful Words for Talking About Wine

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  • July 16, 2019
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Here is a practical lexicon that helps to describe the elusive characteristics of wine, without eliciting eye rolls and forehead slaps.

The Rules of Bordeaux: Demystifying France’s Classic Wine Region

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  • July 14, 2019
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During a PowerPoint presentation at the Ecole Du Vin in Bordeaux, a mild-mannered but somewhat intense little argument has broken out regarding the calculus of terroir-specifically, between people who feel strongly that the human hand is, versus isn’t, part of what creates it. It’s not a new debate; wine nerds nerd out about this sort of question all over the world every day. But this is France, and there are rules.

Why don’t we drink dessert wine?

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  • July 12, 2019
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Dessert wine is one of those things that wine aficionados love in theory but not in practice. Sure, we all know that Sauternes, Madeira, Tokaji and German TBA can be some of the greatest wines in the world. But how often do we actually drink them?

YOUR GUIDE TO BECOMING A ROSÉ EXPERT

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  • July 8, 2019
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The weather is warm and that cold, pink wine you passed up all winter is starting to look very appealing. Rosé season has come as it always does—first as a trickle, and then a tidal wave.

The maker of Corona is pitching wine in a can to football fans

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  • July 4, 2019
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The maker of Corona beer and Svedka vodka is betting football fans are the right crowd for canned wine.

9 BBQ-Friendly Wines To Serve At Your Next Cookout

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  • July 1, 2019
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With the laid-back vibe, paper plates, and no-fuss dishes associated with a cookout, washing down your meal with an ice cold brewski probably feels like muscle memory. But a well-paired glass of wine can be the key to turning your casual grilled meal into a next-level gastronomic experience.

California wine sales reach $40 billion in United States

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  • June 26, 2019
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Despite a slowdown in overall wine sales, shipments of California wine grew 3% last year in the United States to a total of 248 million cases, an industry trade group announced Monday.

Dave Matthews Wines, Tasted and Rated by a Sommelier

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  • June 23, 2019
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Love it or hate it, the Dave Matthews Band is part of our pop culture fabric. From humble beginnings invading 1990s MTV with its unlikely blend of roots-adult-contemporary-mumble rock to selling out stadiums, the band has become a cultural force unto itself. Now, “Dave” has invaded the liquor cabinet.

What is Acidity in Wine?

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  • June 20, 2019
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Ever pull a bottle of wine out of the refrigerator and notice what look like little glass shards swirling around the bottom or stuck to the underside of the cork? It’s freaky, yes, but they’re actually harmless tartaric acid crystals. Welcome to the strange world of acidity in wine.

How to Throw an Epic Wine-Tasting Party That’ll Impress All Your Friends

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  • June 18, 2019
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I LOVE wine-tasting. I plan many of my vacations around it, and my travels have taken me everywhere from Mendoza in Argentina and the Willamette Valley in Oregon to smaller, more off-the-radar regions like the North Fork of Long Island (not far from where I grew up) and the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario (yes, as in Canada, and yes, their stuff is totally kickass).