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I really do try to understand why some people rely so much on wine critics. As if one person’s taste could be the same as yours, and everyone else’s! Have you ever gone to see a movie that some critics loved, but you walked out, shaking your head, thinking: “Why did I just waste two hours watching that?” It’s the same with wine. I taste a wine that I think isn’t worth the bottle it’s in, and I find that some exalted writer has given it a high rating. Or, I’ll taste a wine that sells for $25 and know that it’s really worth about half that ... and, again, read a stellar review of it somewhere. How about the time that one well-known wine critic told everyone to mortgage the house, raid the saving account and buy, buy, buy as much of one newly released wine that they could get their hands on. Two days later, the wine maker recalled the wine, taking back and destroying every bottle. The wine had become infected with brettanomyces, a type of yeast infection, which made the wine smell like Read more »

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  • Italians love Champagne. They enjoy an age-old custom of beginning a meal with a conversation and an apertivo. Very often this apertivo takes the shape of an effervescent wine. It has come about that the sparkling wines from Italy’s premier bubbly zone, Franciacorta, emerged from a passion for true French Champagne. We are speaking of the “Champ... Read More

    From the article Franciacorta is the Next Champagne


  • Discovering a good wine bar at London Wine Week can be like a treasure hunt.  Earlier this week, United Kingdom-based newspaper The Telegraph offered readers an X-marks-the-spot list of top wine bars at London Wine Week (LWW). Three days remain in the week-long event.  “It’s London Wine Week, and bars and restaurants all around the capital are p... Read More

    From the article Searching for a Solid Quaff: Telegraph Maps London Wine Week


  • Wine is not the first pairing that comes to mind when you’re talking about Brazilian cuisine. Coffee, fruit drinks, cachaça, and beer are all more traditional and have longer histories with the food. Portugal has a long history of wine production, but the first settlers in the 1500s found the northern regions near the equator too hot and too wet... Read More

    From the article Brazilian Cuisine is Begging for Wine


  • Believe it or not, it’s a good time to be a winemaker in Russia. That’s according to a recent Bloomberg Business story, in which reporters Ilya Khrennikov and Jason Corcoran detailed the state of the country’s wine industry, noting a resurgence.  “Spurned over Ukraine and squeezed by recession, Russians are starting to measure patriotism by the ... Read More

    From the article Mother Russia: Wines on the Rise in Land of Putin


  • The bubbly stuff’s influence on the world’s palates seems to have no end.  This past Monday Business Korea reported the results of a blind tasting event tailored for members of the hospitality industry at the 13th annual Seoul International Wine and Spirits Expo. The results? Sparklers win. “Even light drinkers give two thumbs up. As sparkling w... Read More

    From the article Sparklers Win at South Korea International Expo


  • How brutal was winter? Just forget it. Forget how cold it was, forget how much snow you had. Let your mouth tell you as your brain convinces you to push past cases of luscious and full-bodied red wines that are aching for you. I’m reaching past them, into the remnants of mixed cases for the delightful wines of summer. Patio wines, front stoop wi... Read More

    From the article Top Ten Spring Wines Under $25


  • Wine geeks are sometimes told to lighten-up. Wine is “just a drink”; “just a grocery”. When it comes to serving whites at 42° F versus 47° F, matching wines to specific glasses and pairing Assyrtiko rather than Sauvignon Blanc with crudo, I agree. However, I suggest you don’t tell a Georgian to chill about wine. In this dramatically rugged Cauca... Read More

    From the article A Reverence for Georgia Wines


  • The middle of February has long been a time to celebrate love. The ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals to honor fertility and marriage. The fourteenth century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote of love birds choosing their mate on St. Valentine’s Day. During the same period in France, King Charles VI issued a charter directing members of h... Read More

    From the article Wine & Chocolate Pairings (in a Love Emergency)


  • Sounds like you may be suffering from my affliction - $100 palate and a $10 budget.But seriously, Mark is right on, the best way to discover what you really like is through lots of research, lots of tastings, lots of winery visits, more tasting, ...If you'd like, folks here are more than happy to offer suggestions for wines you may like that you... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Do You Also Have Problems...


  • So my friends and I were talking. I have the WORST luck finding wines I love at any (normal) price point.  Most of the time I drink wines that are just-OK, and it seems like most of my friends have the same experience.I was wondering if everyone else had the same problem we do so I’m taking a poll:What percentage of those are wines you absolutel... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Do You Also Have Problems...


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