The Cork and the Screw Top

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The cork and the screw top — is one better than the other? Here’s a quick overview of both. The Cork A cork is traditional and romantic — who doesn’t have memories of bungling an attempt to pop a cork at a most inopportune moment — or smile at the satisfaction of getting that “pop”…

Barossa Shiraz

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  Whether you call it Shiraz or Syrah (as it is known in some regions), it’s a big, bold wine. Shiraz is known for its spice and for big flavors. It’s a grape that, although it has always been one of the more popular varietals has not yet had its moment in the spotlight. Shiraz…

Pairing Wine with Take-Out Part II: Mexican, Pizza, Burgers & Fries

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Wine does not have to be reserved for special occasions – or even for a home-cooked meal! It can be enjoyed with any type of food, any day. As always, the number one rule of wine pairing is to make sure you like what you’re drinking. (A famous New York City chef only drinks red…

The Varietals and Sub Regions of Bordeaux

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Bordeaux is perhaps the most famous and prodigious wine region in the world. The five varietals of Bordeaux are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. For a long time there was a sixth varietal, Carménère, and it is still grown in small amounts in Bordeaux, but the grape has fallen out of favor…

Bordeaux

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All of the wines that Vine Talk tasted during our Bordeaux episode were from the prestigious Médoc region on Bordeaux’s left bank. Médoc produces not only most of the wines from Bordeaux – but also the best and most expensive ones. A wine can only be called Bordeaux if it is made in Bordeaux from…

Tips on Storing Wine

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Does proper wine storage really matter? YES! Wine storage has the ability to preserve, even elevate the quality of a great bottle of wine. Unfortunately, it also has the ability to destroy it. It’s important to note that not all wines are created equal in their storage needs. Different selections require different storage strategies. An…

An Overview of the French Wine Industry

France is the world’s top producer and exporter of wine in terms of value, and is internationally recognized as the leader in production of premium wines. The French produce between seven and eight billion bottles of wine per year–more than enough to supply every person on the planet with his or her own bottle! It…

Arriba! Sangria!

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Sangria. Sahn-gree-yah. It’s hard not to say the word without a fleeting inclination to do some flamenco. With a name that evokes the Spanish word for blood (Sangre), Sangria is a fruit-and-liquor laced wine punch beloved by Spaniards and…well, just about everyone else. The tradition of Sangria can be traced back only so far to…

An Introduction to Spanish Wine Classifications

Spain is organized into wine districts which are recognized on wine bottles by a label indicating the Denominación de Origen, or Designation of Origin. The DO system guarantees the wine’s precise origin, the grape variety or varieties used, and production methods employed. It is a quality control system put in place by law by the…

Rioja

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Riojas have a lot in common with Bordeauxs. Both wines are made from a traditional distinct and time-tested blend of a few different varietals. Any wine classified as a Rioja will be a Tempranillo-based blend that incorporates smaller amounts of Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Graciano grapes. Rioja is especially known for the notes of vanilla and…