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How a World War Forever Changed the Way France Pairs Wine and Cheese

How a World War Forever Changed the Way France Pairs Wine and Cheese

White wines pair beautifully with cheese. Liz Thorpe, author of ”The Book of Cheese,” says serving oaky Chardonnay with creamy havarti is “crowd-friendly cheese and wine 101.” The Kitchn swears by floral Gewürztraminer with gooey, pungent morbier. And Loire Valley chèvre is “perfect” with local Pouilly Fumé and other Sauvignon Blancs. Yet the French, masters […]

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The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2018

The 25 Best Rosé Wines of 2018

With skyrocketing sales and tireless marketing, rosé is a 21st-century American success story. Previous generations of star-spangled wine consumers dismissed it as too French, too gendered, or too reminiscent of black-sheep White Zinfandel. Of course that’s all grainy, black-and-white history now. In our rosy-hued present, pink wines have come to symbolize “all that is good about […]

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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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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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A Look Inside the Ancient Underground Tunnels Housing Some of the World’s Finest Champagne

A Look Inside the Ancient Underground Tunnels Housing Some of the World’s Finest Champagne

A hundred and six steps below the Maison Charles Heidsieck in the city of Reims lies a vast underground world. The crayères — a network of cavernous chambers hewn from ancient Gallo-Romain quarries — is the prized place for aging Champagnes in perfect conditions (dark, humid, and a constant 10 degrees Celsius). Today these crayères are home to […]

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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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This French Wine You’ve Never Heard of Is Perfect for the Holidays

This French Wine You’ve Never Heard of Is Perfect for the Holidays

If you haven’t heard of Rivesaltes, Maury, or vins doux naturels, you’re not alone. Despite their rich history, these jewels from the South of France get almost no press — especially compared to other dessert wines like port or sherry. But Rivesaltes deserves a closer look. It has a Grenache base, warm amber color, and flavors perfectly suited […]

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You Should Be Drinking Coffee Like the French

You Should Be Drinking Coffee Like the French

Here in America, we’re sometimes obsessed with the French: their style, their cuisine, their simple joie de vivre. We just can’t get enough of their every move, from baguettes to bistros, from lunch wine to lavender, they seem to do everything right. Between moving a little slower yet still remaining effortlessly elegant, we all secretly strive to be […]

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