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  • May the spirit be with you — and enjoy the turkey, too

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    As we gather with family and friends to share the annual big meal, what could be better to share and enjoy a few bottles of wine? Obviously the amount of wine depends on how many people participate in the feast, responsible ...

  • Food and wine pairing; less and art than an experience to refine

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    Wine and food go hand in hand, or should we say mouth to stomach? The quintessential question always asked: how do you pair wine with food? Historically this was never an issue. Back in the days when wine was local, local fo ...

  • Under-discovered Portuguese wines, then and now

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    Every time I try to write about Portuguese wines I get stuck writing about Port and Madeira. But there is a whole lot more to Portuguese wines. Aside from Mateus Rosé in the uniquely narrow-necked, flask-shaped bottle and Vi ...

  • Australia’s position in the landscape of vineyards

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    The largest and most populous continent, Asia, does not have a strong wine consuming culture. Even as it is often seen as a large potential market and a growing demand for wine, especially for high-end wines in these boom da ...

  • The success of Bordeaux

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    The Bordeaux region of France is the third largest wine-growing area in the world with just less than 300,000 acres under vine. Only the Languedoc wine region (also in France) with over 600,000 acres under vine is larger an ...

  • Understanding the semi-generic wine names

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    Gallo can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It is the Italian and Spanish word for 'rooster'; it's also a beer in Guatemala and a Spanish slang word for marijuana. In the United States it's probabl ...

  • Wines from the island down under

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    New Zealand's wine production is relatively small, but of high quality wines evenly divided between domestic consumption and exports. The two main islands (North and South) are completely in the wine-growing latitudes of 36 ...

  • Vineyards in Africa face challenges in climate and culture

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    The continent of Africa has very little surface area suitable for wine-growing. Almost all is too hot or too humid to grow quality grapes with the exception of South Africa. In the parts of Africa that lie in the Northern H ...

  • Wine from “the land down under” holds impressive variety

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    Australia is the fourth largest wine exporter in the world after Italy, France and Spain; and the second biggest source of imports into the US after Italy by volume. By value it ranks third behind France, an indication that ...

  • Summer white wines by popularity

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    White grapes are actually green in color. Grapes that don't have red or purple pigmentation are called white, whereas 'green' grapes in wine terminology actually refer to under-ripe grapes. Among the white grapes and the wi ...

  • Frangrants of wine and perfume

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    The common wisdom is that wine and perfume do not mix, but perhaps they can? 'A masculine aroma that has top notes of sage, orange, lemon; blends into carnation, cinnamon, jasmine, geranium and heliotrope; and finishes wit ...

  • Labeling regional wine is highly regulated by not consistent internationally

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    AVA stands for American Viticultural Area and designates wine grape growing areas in the US, similar to regulations in other parts of the world such as French appellations of origin (AOC) or the Italian IGT (Indicazione Geog ...

  • 'Cognac': the most famous variety of brandy

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    Just north of Bordeaux is a wine region that actually does not really produce wine: surrounding the town that gives it its name Cognac is the most famous variety of brandy, a spirit produced by distilling wine. The word Bra ...

  • Vineyards expand perserving Vermont’s rural landscape

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    Rural land seems under threat from residential and commercial development all over the state and developing wineries and vineyards could be a good agricultural alternative to big box retail and self-storage buildings creepin ...

  • Winemaking requires patience and vision

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    Making wine is a little like predicting the future. It takes years for the vines to mature and bear fruit after planting. And once the wine is made and the vintage completed, that's it! Whatever the harvest, however many bot ...

  • Toast with Champagne for a magical evening

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    It's long been rumored to contain some aphrodisiacs and has the power to make an evening magical. Think of Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood glamour or wedding festivities and Champagne is in the picture. It is said that Champagne i ...

  • The successful story of two vineyards

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    Real people still make up the world of wine, starting with the winemaker to you, the wine drinker (or, should I say, enthusiast, lover, or consumer?)While there might be some industrialization techniques already employed in ...

  • Finding a favorite wine take a lot of tasting

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    There are thousands of different wines out there from all over the world, the choice is daunting, and no wonder one tends to play it safe. But do you remember the first time you tried that particular wine you like so much, t ...

  • Labeling wine: What’s in the bottle can be difficult to decipher

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    What's in a bottle of wine? Well, of course wine. At least that's what's to be expected - and to be clear, it typically is. But by looking at the bottle, the only information we have about the contents is what's listed on th ...

  • A toast to celebrate the New Year

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    As another New Year's Eve marks an end of the old and the beginning of a new, here's a toast to celebrate the occasion: May Champagne brighten the mind and strengthen the resolution! A toast to our ancestors that made this ...

  • Importers: Demystifying the process of choosing wine

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    Choosing wine is not that different from choosing a new shirt. It's all about your own personal taste. Most people stick with the tried and proven, whatever your shirt color, you'll probably stay within shades of it. This co ...

  • Wine and Religion intertwined through history

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    "He who drinks wine sleeps well. He who sleeps well cannot sin. He who does not sin goes to heaven." An Old Monk's Prayer says.  Wine and religion are inexorably intertwined. Christians know the story of the marriage f ...

  • What makes a great wine?

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    When did high alcohol content and dense color become the hallmarks of great wine? When did a sappy jammy texture of wine become the hallmark of great mouth feel? Today's wine world dominated by a few high profile critics see ...

  • Graham Beck’s cultivation of wine spurs from his passion and dedication

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    Most of today's successful wineries reflect the passion and dedication of one person: the owner, the founder, the one whose dream got it all started, keeps it together and makes it work. One of these guys is Graham Beck, wh ...

  • Food-friendly wines: The basics

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    So many different people and so many different wines! In all the years involved with wine, one thing became clear: very rarely is there an absolute perfect match in the many ways combining wine, food and people to create a m ...

  • Wine Experiments

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    Up in the hills of Castagnole Monferrato in the province of Asti in Piedmont, one of my favorite wines is made from 100% Grignolino grapes. Grignolino for some reason got a bad reputation for some inferior wines made with th ...

  • California and Oregon

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    The bulk of wine produced in the US comes from California, with Oregon closing in second. The California sunshine intensifies the sugar content of the grapes, so the wines tend to higher in alcohol and usually richer and bol ...

  • Burgundies

    'Bourgogne' as it's called in French is a historic region in central eastern France to the north of the city of Lyon. Burgundy's wines are varied, complex, human, and sophisticatedly homely. Although "Burgundy" means red, th ...

  • A Bit of Champagne History

    Champagne as we know it today exists since the early 1500's. The monk Dom Perignon is widely credited with the invention of sparkling wine about a hundred forty years later, but there are records of Benedictine monks of St. ...

  • Marilena Barbera, Winemaker at Cantine Barbera

    The town of Menfi is located about 40 southwest of Palermo on the northern west coast of Sicily. It is an amazing valley formed by the Belice River, which flows slowly into the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. The picturesque sc ...