Alphabet Soup: Decoding Appellation Acronyms from 10 Major Wine Countries

Alphabet Soup: Decoding Appellation Acronyms from 10 Major Wine Countries

Ever look at a few wine labels and find your eyes swimming in what looks like code? You’re not the only one. Among the myriad pieces of intel crunched onto each label (producer, grape variety) is the wine’s appellation, usually designated by a two-to-four-letter acronym. Written as abbreviations such as AVA, AOP, and DOC, appellations […]

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Why Finicky Field Blends Offer Peak Terroir

Why Finicky Field Blends Offer Peak Terroir

There are certain truths wine drinkers hold self-evident. We know, for example, that every wine is either a varietal bottling or a blend. (The difference there is simple. Varietal wines consist of one single grape variety, while blends are comprised of multiple types of grapes.) Regions like Burgundy are known for their single-varietal bottles, whereas […]

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You Don’t Need To Leave Paris To Step Inside A Working Winery

You Don’t Need To Leave Paris To Step Inside A Working Winery

It looks like any other winery: grape press, steel tanks, label machine, the works. Everything is right where it should be, albeit slightly cramped in such a small space. The winery representative, a bespectacled man named Matthieu Bosser, sits at a desk scattered with papers, wine labels, and pens. Through the glass window at his […]

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A 5 Bottle Intro To Assyrtiko From Santorini

A 5 Bottle Intro To Assyrtiko From Santorini

Summer’s finally here, and all we want to be drinking is something thirst-quenching and cold. Next time the craving for a chilled glass of white strikes, forget your go-to Sauvignon Blanc and spring for something more interesting instead; think, a bottle of white that transports you to sandy beaches, salty air, and nothing but sunny […]

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For an Italian Wine Region That Does It All, Turn to Sicily

For an Italian Wine Region That Does It All, Turn to Sicily

What’s large, in-charge, and home to some of the greatest wines in southern Europe? Welcome to Sicily, home of orange trees, olive groves, and more vineyards than you could possibly imagine. While we might think of Sicily as being small, it’s actually the largest island in the entire Mediterranean Sea, giving way to a serious […]

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