Winemakers

It’s a beautiful thing to taste a wine that transports your senses to its place of origin. That unique sensation on your palate tells you a story of where a wine is made and all the challenges it faced. This week we’ll be tasting Greek Assyrtiko, a wine that truly tastes of the world in
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As far as fortified wines are concerned, Port is probably the most famous. And all this from a climate that was originally so inhospitable that to hear of it, you would think it shouldn’t be able to grow anything at all, let alone the grapes that create some of the richest, most memorable wines in
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When it comes to red wine, many people think of the lush, dark wine that comes out of warmer climates like California and Bordeaux. But what happens when red grapes are grown in higher altitudes and cooler climates? To find out, you need to taste Austrian Zweigelt. This week we’re talking about Zweigelt: Austria’s flagship
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When it comes to wines that are tough-as-nails survivors, you might not immediately think of the fresh, flowery aromas of Viognier. But the truth is that Viognier was nearly extinct 50 years ago! And after a few glasses of this perfumy white wine, you’ll wonder how we were meant to live without it. During this
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When it comes to the great fortified wines of the world, Spain’s Sherry is going through a bit of a lull at the moment. But the truth is that Sherry is one of the most distinctive wines in the world. Whether you’re drinking dry or sweet Sherry, it’s going to be unlike any of the
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There’s a wine that truly represents the complex, collector-worthy reds coming out of Greece – Xinomavro. Tasting Xinomavro packs a real punch – one of the reasons it’s often compared to the far more expensive Barolo and Nebbiolo in general. But what makes it unique? During this week’s tasting challenge, we’re going to find out
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This month’s wine club shipment theme is “Bold Red Wines.” Well be tasting four exceptional bold red wines to learn more about things like tannin and under-the-radar varieties, like Aglianico. Wine Club 001: Bold Red Wines [embedded content][embedded content]Vanessa Conlin introduces this month’s wine club. If you start something, you might as well go big.
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In any given time or place, if a person’s reaching for a sparkling wine, the odds are that they’re grabbing a Prosecco. Some would say this has everything to do with price, but Prosecco is about way more than just cheap bubbles. During this week’s challenge, we’ll be tasting Prosecco, talking about how it’s made,
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All too frequently, Cabernet Franc is left in the shadow of its ultra famous and more popular children: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. But that doesn’t mean Cabernet Franc hasn’t got anything unique to offer. During this week’s tasting, we’ll drink a Cabernet Franc from a corner of the world well known for boisterous reds, and
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This week, we’re going to taste one of the boldest rosé wines out there. For many, rosé is a wine that is light, simple, and not too interesting. Clearly, those people haven’t been tasting Tavel rosé. We’ll see who makes it, who loves it, and what makes it so rich and complex. What is the
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Having a bad reputation doesn’t mean you can’t turn over a new leaf. This is the theme that everyone needs to remember while tasting Pinotage. After all, if Scrooge, The Grinch, and Severus Snape can change their colors over time, why not wine? What is the Tasting Challenge? The challenge is a way to improve
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When it comes to the New World vs Old World argument, terroir really makes a difference in the wine you’re experiencing. And that goes double for lesser-known varieties that still might have something to prove in the popular wine consciousness. That’s where the Roussanne blend comes in. In this weekly wine tasting, we’ll be trying
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It’s time to know everything you need when popping cork on the bubbly. The greatest drink for marking a celebration is Champagne – a classic – but even being a popular and well-known sparkling wine, there are a lot of questions about Champagne. Should you pair a sweet Champagne with the fantastic meal you’ve prepared
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When you’re tasting Italian Primitivo, it might be surprising to find out that it comes from the same grape as Zinfandel: a favorite in California. It might be even crazier to find out that both of these grapes were originally called Tribidrag in their homeland of Croatia. So what’s in a name? With today’s tasting
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When you think of New Zealand wine, does lip smacking Sauvignon Blanc come to mind? Brace yourself, Chardonnay is the island nation’s best kept secret. New Zealand Chardonnay is generally characterized by an elegant balance of minerality, fruit purity and crisp acidity. Due to to the varietal’s shapeshifter ability, however, there are plenty of stylistic
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Some wines start in one location and then gain even more acclaim in another (see Carménère or Malbec), but Grüner Veltliner is one of those grapes that begins and ends in the same place: Austria. In this week’s Tasting Challenge, you’ll learn about what makes Austria’s signature grape so unique to its homeland. What is
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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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