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One Magic Vintage Is Producing Exceptional, Affordable Bordeaux

One Magic Vintage Is Producing Exceptional, Affordable Bordeaux

At the Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux, a series of tastings held earlier this year, the 2015 Bordeaux vintage inspired strong reactions. Bursting with ripe fruit and structure, these wines are regarded as the region’s best since 2009 and 2010. Or, to put it less delicately, people are freaking out about the 2015 Bordeaux. […]

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Cousiño-Macul ‘Finis Terrae’ 2012

Cousiño-Macul ‘Finis Terrae’ 2012

In typical stuck-up sommelier fashion, I’m always skeptical of big-name wineries. If a winery has gained acclaim among the masses, does it really produce high-quality wine, or has it drifted across the line into large-scale production devoid of character? Knowing the prevalence across the U.S. of Cousiño-Macul, one of the first Chilean producers embraced by American […]

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You Aren’t Imagining It. Many Famous Wine Varieties Smell Like Salad.

You Aren’t Imagining It. Many Famous Wine Varieties Smell Like Salad.

If you nose a wine and get a distinctive whiff of salad, don’t be alarmed. A green, vegetal aroma that presents itself as bell pepper, jalapeño, or grass is characteristic of some of the world’s most famous wine varieties. These aromas can be fresh, spicy, overripe, or stinky, depending on how the wine is made. […]

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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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An Illustrated Guide to Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux

An Illustrated Guide to Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux

When listing the classic wines of the world, Bordeaux ranks pretty close to the top of the pack. While Bordeaux is typically a blended wine, Cabernet Sauvignon is the key grape, particularly in regions on the left bank of the Gironde river. What characterizes this bold, complex, ageable wine? Check out our illustrated guide for […]

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What Makes Bordeaux So Special? A Man-Made Forest Planted in the 1800s

What Makes Bordeaux So Special? A Man-Made Forest Planted in the 1800s

Bordeaux is renowned for having one of the finest terroirs in the world. But did you know that one aspect of this terroir wouldn’t exist if humans hadn’t built it? The man-made Landes Forest, located just southwest of Bordeaux, is a huge contributor to the region’s ideal climate. And until two centuries ago, it hadn’t […]

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Ask Adam: Can I Bring My Expensive Beer to a Dinner if I Don’t Plan to Share It?

Ask Adam: Can I Bring My Expensive Beer to a Dinner if I Don’t Plan to Share It?

Send all queries to: advice@vinepair.com A guy at a party I attended brought his own beer. But he only brought enough for himself. There is no way he could have brought enough for everyone, since there were 30 people at the dinner, and it’s a really expensive beer that he has imported. Was this a big […]

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