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Chateau Musar Jeune Red 2013, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Chateau Musar Jeune Red 2013, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Beyond the everyday challenges of growing grapes and making wine, Chateau Musar has faced something exceptionally difficult: war. The famed property in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley has survived the many conflicts that have raged around it over the years, producing outstanding wines that are coveted throughout the world, most notably its Chateau Musar Red.

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Terre Brûlée ‘Le Rouge’ 2016, Swartland, South Africa

Terre Brûlée ‘Le Rouge’ 2016, Swartland, South Africa

The winelands of South Africa, as they are called, are among the most stunning landscapes in the world. Most are located in the mountain valleys and coastal areas of the Western Cape, not more than a couple hours’ drive from Cape Town. Within the region, there is considerable climate and soil variation from district to […]

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Chilean Wine

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Chilean Wine

Chile may be a New World country, but don’t call its wine industry young. While there has been an explosion of quality Chilean wine appearing stateside over the past 30 years, its first grapevines were planted as early as the 1500s. European immigrants brought more varieties, particularly from Bordeaux, to Chile in the 1800s. Until […]

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Six of the Biggest, Boldest Red Wines to Drink Chilled This Summer. No, Seriously.

Six of the Biggest, Boldest Red Wines to Drink Chilled This Summer. No, Seriously.

The idea of drinking red wine when it’s hot outside can seem counterintuitive. Who on earth would want to pop open a red when the grill is going? A glass of white or rosé seems so much more refreshing. The problem is, red wines go so much better with what’s on your grill than the […]

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Here’s Your Drink Pairing for Your April Horoscope

Here’s Your Drink Pairing for Your April Horoscope

Is it spring yet? Whether the start of April brings you warm temperatures and sunny skies, or yet another snowfall from a cold snap that just won’t quit, take heart. We’ve got your drink pairing for your April horoscope right here, brightening up whatever is out your window and in your glass. Aries: Rum Punch […]

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Twelve Bottles That Prove New Zealand Is More Than Sauvignon Blanc

Twelve Bottles That Prove New Zealand Is More Than Sauvignon Blanc

Love it, hate it, or love to hate it, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a powerful thing. The grape occupies two-thirds of the country’s vineyards, accounting for a whopping 86 percent of its wine exports. And as a New Zealand national, no wine has ever invoked the feeling of home for me quite like a grassy, […]

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Review: E. Guigal Côtes Du Rhône Rouge 2012

Review: E. Guigal Côtes Du Rhône Rouge 2012

At this point, the wines of E. Guigal – the negotiant and winemaker who is partly responsible for putting France’s Rhône wine region on the map – have become ubiquitous across the United States, with offerings at the high end as well as the low. But unlike other massive producers whose introductory, more affordable bottles […]

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Review: Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem By Michel Chapoutier 2014

Review: Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem By Michel Chapoutier 2014

We first wrote about winemaker Michel Chapoutier here on the site in relation to his efforts to place Braille on wine bottles. In 1993, when Chapoutier was only 29 and had been the main winemaker in the family business for only three years, he turned on the television to watch his friend and musician Gilbert […]

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