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Bordeaux

Most wine drinkers have seen the movie Sideways (2004) and know that Miles Raymond (the main character – Paul Giamatti) just about killed the Merlot market in the US as he continually demeaned that grape while touting Pinot Noir. Actually, market analysis shows that Merlot sales were already in decline, although that trend accelerated after the movie – quite a feat for a fictional character.

Given his incessant praise of Pinot Noir, one might expect that Miles’ dream wine would be a Grand Cru Red...

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In France..

If you’re drinking someplace, and you’re drinking wine, you may well be drinking wine from France, because unlike here in the New World, the wines of France are usually named for the place from which they come, rather than the grapes from which they are made.

In the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, wines are named varietally (that is, after the predominant grape in the bottle), or proprietally, like The Prisoner or Conundrum (that is, a random name given by the producer to a ble...

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Alternative Whites

The fall and winter are the seasons of red wine…unless you are one of those people who only drinks white wine, really loves sparkling wine, or eats lots of seafood/sushi. So, cold weather or not, let’s talk about white wines – alternative white wines.

For many people, white wine is somewhat boring. We think that might be because they limit themselves to three varietals – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio. Who would want to live in a world where there was only Vanilla, Chocolate and St...

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