Winemakers

When tasting Sauternes, many people focus on this legendary white wine’s sweetness and concentration. They’re generally not thinking about the main thing responsible for the golden wine: a fungus called Botrytis cinerea. In this week’s Tasting Challenge, you’ll discover how the Sauternes region of France can go from moldy grapes to one of the most
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Everyone said we were crazy when we first started this project. That didn’t stop us. [embedded content][embedded content]Say hello to dynamic wine guides with the Walla Walla Valley. Say Hello To Dynamic Wine Guides Region Guides offer comprehensive explorations of a wine region that explain how the environment and culture influence the style. But that’s
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It’s easy to look down on Oak aging in wine – the technique has been criticised for years by Sommeliers who find over-oaked wine to be saccharine and often too heavy on fruit. But we’re here to tell you it’s okay to like oaked wine, especially in the hands of great winemakers. Spain’s famous region
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If Hawkes Bay is New Zealand’s greatest wine region, that would make it one of the world’s. Jump into the Hawkes Bay Wine Guide and discover a new favorite wine region. Hawkes Bay from Te Mata peak. Image: Te Mata Estate Guide to Hawke’s Bay Although New Zealand’s known for zingy Sauvignon Blanc and pristine
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Bright and juicy, warm and creamy – there’s a grape that makes wine that will transport you to the warm South African coast: Chenin Blanc. One of the most versatile grapes out there, it makes everything from delicate sparklers, to bold and sweet dessert wines all over the world. What is the Tasting Challenge? The
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Carménère is often overlooked by some wine enthusiasts due to its heavily vegetal nature. It’s brazen, it’s brassy, and it can be tough to pair with the right food. But a well crafted bottle of this Chilean classic can offer up complex aromas at a fraction of the price of its Bordeaux cousins. Let’s have
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This week, we’re tasting Pinot Grigio: one of Italy’s most storied white wines. When you think of Italian wine, your mind immediately conjures up some of the biggest and boldest reds in the wine world: Chianti, Barolo, Super Tuscans. Italy has staked its well-earned reputation on some of these wines, but anyone who wants to
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Is it true that Syrah by any other name would taste as… uh… good? We’re going to put that to the test today with Syrah’s Australian nom de plume, Shiraz. That’s right: like Zinfandel (Primitivo), Grenache (Garnacha), and Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris), Shiraz is one of those grapes that has an alias depending on where
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When it comes to French sparklers, Champagne gets all of the attention. But anyone who’s looking for sparkling wine that’s just as lovingly crafted can find it all over France in the form of Crémant. And while Crémant is often largely known for being a more affordable alternative to its expensive cousin, its many styles
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Is there any wine in the world more argued over than Chardonnay? It’s one of the only grapes that has a cleverly negative acronym assigned to it: ABC (“Anything But Chardonnay”). And yet, it’s responsible for some of the greatest wines in the world (Chablis, Champagne, etc.). Let’s taste one of its more popular iterations
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Pairing wine and spaghetti is one of the best food experiences you could possibly hope for – rich spices, fresh vegetables, endless variety. It’s delicious eating Italian for the day, so dive in and explore the best wines for spaghetti. The Best Wine For Spaghetti Of course, you don’t need a holiday like National Spaghetti
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Different countries and cultures ring in the New Year with the same hopes for luck and prosperity, and each has delicious traditions that demand a perfect wine. Find your favorite New Year’s wine pairing tradition! Try pairing wine to these classic New Year’s cuisines. New Year’s Wine Pairings From Around The World Every culture around
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Drinking deliciously aged fortified wine sounds great, but what happens if you haven’t had a bottle in the cellar since you were a teenager? Not to fear, because the makers of Tawny Port have done the aging for you. All that’s left to do is choose the style that fits your palate. How To Choose
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When you look back on 2020, you may not be able to fight the urge to drink directly from the decanter. No one’s judging you. [embedded content][embedded content]What really happened in wine in 2020? Reality is stranger than fiction. There’s Never Enough Wine – Year of Wine In Review (2020) You can’t hurry through a
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This 12-bottle wine advent calendar of France doesn’t have a fancy box, but it’s not about the box–it’s about the wine inside! [embedded content][embedded content]The secret to French wines starts with the regions. Discover France with Wine Folly Madeline Puckette from Wine Folly and Master of Wine Vanessa Conlin from Wine Access worked together to
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Few things are as exciting as the come-from-behind winner, the one you didn’t expect – the dark horse. In that spirit, these red wines from Southern Italy aren’t well-known, but once you’ve tried them, you just might give them the crown. 8 Dark Horse Red Wines From Southern Italy This region is where Greek and
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Wine body is defined by how heavy and rich a wine tastes. It’s a combination of several factors: grape variety, alcohol level, and even sweetness level. If you’re trying to find new favorites, wine body is a great way to differentiate grape varieties to find your style preference. Let’s break down the different body styles
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Expand your palate with Spain’s answer to Champagne: Cava. This week’s tasting challenge explores a delicious bubbly that offers surprising value. What is the Tasting Challenge? The challenge is a way to improve your wine palate each week with 34 wines from 12 countries — The Wine Tasting Challenge. This week we taste a Cava
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Despite what might look like a classic dogs vs cats alley fight to some, wine people vs beer people actually have plenty in common. But you can’t deny that these two tribes have some pretty obvious differences. In the interest of not taking either of these libations too seriously, let’s take a look at 7
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For a wine region built on tourism, Napa Valley has had a rough vintage. Let’s take a deeper look into what happened this year and how to help. (PS it involves our favorite thing: wine!) Napa Valley: Quench The Wildfires With Wine In Napa Valley, COVID-19 shuttered businesses for 81 days straight. Then, tourism was
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