An Illustrated Guide to Carménère from Chile

An Illustrated Guide to Carménère from Chile

The signature grape of Chile, Carménère actually got its start in Bordeaux. Those Bordelaise roots explains the intense green aromas and flavors that shine through alongside ripe black fruit. Today, the category spans unoaked, easy-drinking wines, as well as rich and Bordeaux-like bottles. As Chilean winemakers further enhance their expertise with their adopted grape, the […]

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Does a Good Restaurant Wine List Need to Be Up to Date? Yes and No.

Does a Good Restaurant Wine List Need to Be Up to Date? Yes and No.

It’s finally time for the long-anticipated dinner reservation at the best new restaurant in town. After poring over the wine list at the table, you proudly state your carefully chosen bottle selection to the sommelier. “I’m sorry,” the sommelier responds. “We don’t have that bottle right now.” Wait a minute. Isn’t the bottle listed on […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Grenache from France

An Illustrated Guide to Grenache from France

While Syrah is king in the northern Rhône, Grenache rules its southern sphere. There, it is produced as either a blended or varietal wine. The hardy grape adapts well to the region’s warm, dry climate, producing wines that are light in color but full-bodied and fairly alcoholic. Grenache generally brings ripe and jammy red fruit, spice, […]

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Big-Ticket Bottles: 5 of the World’s Most Expensive Wine Sales

Big-Ticket Bottles: 5 of the World’s Most Expensive Wine Sales

How much money would you spend on a bottle of wine? Most would probably keep that figure in the double-digits, perhaps inching into the low triple-digits. For a select few, wine budgets are much, much larger. Purchased at auction, through specialty stores, or even paid out by insurance companies, these five bottles (plus one honorable mention) […]

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