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The Ultimate IPA Flavor Map (INFOGRAPHIC)

The Ultimate IPA Flavor Map (INFOGRAPHIC)

India Pale Ale, or IPA, is inarguably the most sought-after style of craft beer in the country. It’s also the most misunderstood. For many, hearing ”IPA” causes a knee-jerk reaction that sends them running for the hills, or for a glass of wine. The acronym is often associated with ”hoppy,” and therefore bracingly bitter, offensively […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Pinotage From South Africa

An Illustrated Guide to Pinotage From South Africa

Love it or hate it, most can agree that Pinotage is distinctive. After all, it isn’t a naturally occuring grape variety. This crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault (at that time called Hermitage, hence the name “Pino-tage”) was created in 1925 by scientist Abraham Perold in his personal garden. Why? Nobody knows — Perold left […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Nerello Mascalese

An Illustrated Guide to Nerello Mascalese

If you don’t already know Nerello Mascalese, you should. It stars in some of Sicily’s most exciting reds, thriving in the region’s volcanic soils on the eastern side of the island. Many liken Nerello Mascalese to the Pinot Noirs of Burgundy, praising its lingering minerality and bright acidity, but the wines can actually be quite […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Viognier From France

An Illustrated Guide to Viognier From France

It doesn’t get much more aromatic than Viognier, a white grape known for its intensely fruity, floral, exotic notes. The nose may smell sweet, but the palate is typically dry and full-bodied, and its lower acidity gives the impression of softness. While Viognier is grown in much of southern France, its most famous iterations come […]

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The Definitive Guide to Oregon’s Willamette Valley (INFOGRAPHIC)

The Definitive Guide to Oregon’s Willamette Valley (INFOGRAPHIC)

The Willamette Valley put Oregon on the wine-drinking map. This 120-mile-long region, flanked by Portland and Eugene, is responsible for 72 percent of the state’s wine production and all of its most revered wineries. As the region’s reputation has soared, oenophiles have championed the particularities of the region as a whole, as well as the appellations […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Pinot Noir From New Zealand

An Illustrated Guide to Pinot Noir From New Zealand

Pinot Noir is found in most of the world’s major wine regions, but it only really succeeds in a select few. One such region is New Zealand, which produces slightly different Pinot Noir iterations in various areas of the country, from dark and savory to round and perfumed. New Zealand Pinot Noir bears quite a […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Chardonnay From the Côte d’Or

An Illustrated Guide to Chardonnay From the Côte d’Or

As its name might suggest (it translates to “golden slope”) the Côte d’Or is the crème de la crème of Burgundian wines, the heart of the region. Pinot Noir is actually planted heavily throughout the Côte d’Or, but the Côte de Beaune — the more southern of the region’s two pieces — is home to some […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Montepulciano From Abruzzo, Italy

An Illustrated Guide to Montepulciano From Abruzzo, Italy

Not to be confused with Tuscany’s Montepulciano region, the Montepulciano grape finds its home in warm central and southern Italy, most famously from the region of Abruzzo. Its wines tend to have plenty of color and body, with ripe fruit and earth, offering great ability to pair with a range of foods or sip solo. […]

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