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When You Run Out of Wine: Rum for a Change

Have you discovered the joys of sipping your rum neat, or are you only mixing it into cocktails? Both are certainly delicious ways to enjoy rum. However if you’re not yet familiar with expressions that can be sipped much like one would scotch you’re missing out. I recently returned from spending some time in Venezuela visiting Diplomático, one of the world’s leading rum producers. Over a few days I toured their production facility and farm where they grow sugar cane. In addition to making delicious, world class expressions of rum, Diplomático is also doing things the right way. Some producers doctor their rum and what ends up in the bottle isn’t a pure expression, this isn’t the case with Diplomático. On top of that their farm and distillery are run sustainably. All of the waste from tu...

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There is Nothing Bourgeois about Cru Bourgeois

I did not really know much about wine when I started my junior year abroad studying in Strasbourg, France. At the time I was far more worried about the inebriating effect of wine than I was about a...

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New World Wine Secrets: Murrieta's Well

California’s Livermore Valley is entwined with the legacy of winemaking genius Carl H. Wente. He was among the first to harness Livermore’s unique geographical orientation and terroir for quality g...

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The Great Wine Grapes of Austria

It’s not shocking to imagine that one of the most overlooked wine regions would also be home to some of the most unnoticed wine grapes. While there is much to say about the wines of Austria, this e...

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The Ultimate Cookie & Wine Pairing Guide

May 26 at 12:00am
You’ve been down this crumb-lined road before. Pairing cookies and wine is not a unique endeavor, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy one. Sweet wines are an obvious choice, but you’ll need to make ... Read More »

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The Barolo Wine Wars Have Begun

May 18 at 12:00am
Barolo may be Italy’s most famous red but surprisingly it hails from a very small vineyard region. Tucked into the top northwest corner, just south of the medieval town of Alba in the heart the Lan... Read More »

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The Best Ribera and Rueda Wine Pairings in the World

May 17 at 12:00am
Don’t let anyone fool you: Perfect wine pairings do exist, but you must be mindful of the wine’s geography, terroir, and character. Strong indigenous grapes, ideal climate and potent soils make for... Read More »

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Thinking Pink: The Intricacies of Making Rose

May 10 at 12:00am
It’s summer. The weather is warm and if you are like me, your thoughts are turning to more white wines rather than the hearty reds of winter. There is one style which is making a statement this sea... Read More »

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Australian Riesling: No One Formula for a Great Wine

May 5 at 12:00am
Those who know Riesling intimately, and drink it often, can argue that the top Rieslings are some of the greatest white wines in the world. It is interesting to think about its greatness in compari... Read More »

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Pressing Issues: Exploring a Small Portion of the Maze of Winemaking Decisions

Apr 26 at 12:00am
To press or not to press? That is NOT the question. Rarely does anything in winemaking have an absolute however pressing is one of the few. Grapes must be pressed at some point in the process to re... Read More »

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Top Wine Vintages You Need to Know About

Apr 22 at 12:00am
It’s not malarkey. Weather conditions have a huge impact on a wine grape’s life, and vintage variations underscore the tie between winemaking and Mother Nature’s caprice. Just like your home cooked... Read More »

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Virtual Master Class: Wines of Roussillon

The Worlds Most Overlooked Artisanal Wine Region

Apr 21 at 12:00am
Think you know everything about wine in France? Think again. Here comes an unheralded region to titillate your palate in brand new ways. Roussillon has been a bastion of Catalan culture since the m... Read More »

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The Languedoc's Sparkling Wine Secrets, Revealed

Move over for Limoux.

Apr 19 at 12:00am
I have a theory. Easy to pronounce and easy to remember names help drive wine sales. Hence, Prosecco, the Italian sparkler has taken our shelves by storm, Picpoul de Pinet, the easy drinking white ... Read More »

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Spring Whites That Deserve the Hype: Rueda

Apr 15 at 12:00am
Call it what you’d like: An old routine, a daily pattern, your go-to basics. You’re stuck in a rut, and it can happen with your white wine choices, too. It’s ok, though, we can get through this tog... Read More »

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