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Vintages

Vintages

The other night, I taught a class on vintages, and if they really matter anymore.  The evening turned out to be quite interesting, particularly with the wines we tasted, so it seemed worth sharing.   Vintage is, quite simply, the year the grapes in the bottle were harvested and made into wine. (Though in most […]

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Wine Apps

Wine Apps

Within hours of each other, two people excitedly asked if I’d heard about the wine app Bottlestock.  Given that neither is particularly app-savvy, it seemed time to start paying attention to what was happening in this little corner of technology.   It’s one I haven’t explored much since about five years ago, when a wine […]

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Holiday 2013 Gift Guide

Holiday 2013 Gift Guide

Many of this year’s gifts focus on the theme of keeping your wine around longer – whether enjoying a bottle everyday wine throughout the week, or taking a glass from a special bottle without risking the rest of the wine.   There are lots of other great ideas in here as well, from indulgences like […]

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Chinese Wine

Chinese Wine

Depending on whose statistics you find, China is either the fifth or sixth largest wine producer in the world.  It’s nothing to sneeze at either way, but it doesn’t mean you’re likely to see any on your retailer’s shelf any time soon.   At least, that’s according to Dr. Baudouin Neirynck, author of The Grapes […]

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What's an Appellation?

What’s an Appellation?

Quite simply, an appellation is a legally defined and protected geographic area used to identify where the grapes in a wine are grown.   So in California, for example, if a bottle says “Coombsville” or “Napa Valley” then at least 85% of the fruit must come from the stated area.  If the label says “California” […]

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