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Penfolds Winemaker Steph Dutton Would Drink Chardonnay ‘Every. Single. Day.’

Penfolds Winemaker Steph Dutton Would Drink Chardonnay ‘Every. Single. Day.’

Behind every successful person is a tale of grit, sacrifice, and compromise. For Melbourne native Steph Dutton, the road to becoming a winemaker at Australia’s most iconic producer, Penfolds, meant leaving the country’s second-largest city for a quieter life in the country. It’s a challenge, and she’s still getting used to it. Dutton’s decision to […]

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Style Guide: The World’s Best Places for Growing Cabernet Sauvignon

Style Guide: The World’s Best Places for Growing Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is an international success story, planted in almost every wine region worldwide. Its widespread popularity is a result of the grape’s remarkable versatility. One of the nine noble red varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon is equally impressive in blends and single varietal wines, and produces remarkable wines across all price points. The Bordeaux-native variety was […]

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American Thirst: Three Homegrown Drinking Traditions We Think Are Foreign

American Thirst: Three Homegrown Drinking Traditions We Think Are Foreign

If you like shooting tequila with salt and lime, by all means go for it! Just don’t blame Mexico for your hangover. The trinity of tequila, salt, and citrus is one of many homegrown drinking customs Americans tend to think are foreign. We also assume locally brewed, cleverly marketed macro beers are shipped from far-away […]

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The Most Expensive Wine From Every Country in the World

The Most Expensive Wine From Every Country in the World

There are more than 70 countries worldwide producing wine. Historically, 90 percent of the world’s wine came from 15 countries, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. To understand the global spectrum, we analyzed data from Wine-Searcher.com and compiled the most expensive wine from every country. From the Old World usual suspects, to […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Riesling From Australia

An Illustrated Guide to Riesling From Australia

There’s a general rule that New World wines are more fruit-forward than Old World wines, which tend to be mineral-driven. Australian Riesling shatters that notion. While Riesling always has high acidity, Australia’s bottles can be straight-up piercing, practically shredding the enamel from your teeth. While a light white grape might theoretically clash with the massive, […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Shiraz From Australia

An Illustrated Guide to Shiraz From Australia

Many international grapes have slightly different names because they are grown around the world. French Pinot Blanc becomes Italian Pinot Bianco, while Tempranillo is known as Tinta Roriz, Tinto Fino, Aragonez, and more, depending on the part of Iberia where it’s grown. But Syrah and Shiraz are more than just synonyms for the same grape. […]

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6 Australian Whites For $20 And (Down) Under

6 Australian Whites For $20 And (Down) Under

When someone mentions Australian wine, brains tend to kangaroo-leap right to Shiraz. And not just because it’s fun to say, what with that exaggerated “aaaaz” (so to speak). Shiraz dominates the Australian export market, and the U.S. dominates those exports. So it’s forgivable, sensible even, if that’s what we reach for in the Australian wine aisle […]

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