Winemakers

Marlborough may be known for searing Sauvignon Blanc, but the region is emerging as a world class Pinot Noir producer. Dive into a look at New Zealand’s rising star. Pinot territory. Southern Valleys, Marlborough. Photo Courtesy of: Kevin Judd – Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Noir Marlborough turns out vibrantly textured, intensely aromatic wines. With its explosive
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Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon has become a real force to be reckoned with in the world of South American wine and beyond. Chile is considered an ideal place to grow many of the most popular Bordeaux-style grapes. So what are the details behind this South American refuge of Old World styles? In this final installment of
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When it comes to rosé, France is often the first place people think of. The ever-present, bubble-gum pink wines of Provence have seen to that. But some of the best rosé wines aren’t coming out of France. They’re coming out of Spain. Spanish Rosado is a rosé that wine lovers adore, and might just want
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You can taste a red wine and suddenly discover your mouth is sizzling – that spicy red wine has a whole world of delicious, zesty compounds that light up your palate and senses. Our quick guide will help you learn about what’s making you wave a hand over your tongue, and where you can look
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What if the French wine you’re tasting has a distinctly German vibe? You’re likely drinking Gewürztraminer. This week we’re going to find out how a German grape becomes most famous in a French region. What is the Tasting Challenge? The challenge is a way to improve your wine palate each week with 34 wines from
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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 region that shouldn’t be able to grow anything at all, let alone the grapes that create some of the richest, most memorable wines in the world! This week, we’ll be tasting Tawny Port, and discussing the
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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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