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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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F*ck Vintages: How Winemakers Are Conquering the Vintage Chart

F*ck Vintages: How Winemakers Are Conquering the Vintage Chart

Do you like to feel mystified, intimidated, inadequate? Then walk this way! I have a vintage chart to show you. Down the left hand side there’s a list of regions — you know, California, France, Italy. Ha, just kidding. There are 20 different classifications in California alone, plus another half-dozen in Oregon and Washington. Make […]

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The Difference Between Vintage and Non-Vintage Champagne

The Difference Between Vintage and Non-Vintage Champagne

The holidays are a time for celebration. Dishes, passed down from generations, are shared with family and friends, and wine — sipped or gulped — ushers in the New Year. For many, these celebrations wouldn’t be the same without glasses of Champagne, raised in honor of family traditions and new beginnings. But which Champagnes should […]

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Don’t Let Anyone Tell You A Wine Vintage Is Bad (Or Good)

Don’t Let Anyone Tell You A Wine Vintage Is Bad (Or Good)

Making wine is risky business. Not only does it take costly equipment, from temperature-controlled tanks to pneumatic presses to oak barrels; it also includes some high stakes real estate and often-unpredictable biochemical reactions that keep winemakers constantly on their toes from fermentation right through to bottling. The biggest risk factor of them all? Mother Nature.

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What In The Hell Is Vintage?

What In The Hell Is Vintage?

You read it on the bottle. You hear it from fancy-sounding friends. But what in the loving hell is “vintage”? Or “a vintage”? Before you freak out, vintage is important, but it also isn’t. Yeah, we said it. Vintage essentially means the year in which the grapes were picked. Anything that was going on in […]

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Works Of Wine Art We Wish Were On Our Walls

Works Of Wine Art We Wish Were On Our Walls

While nothing beats drinking wine, we are fond of more than a few wine-related activities: repurposing (our sizable pile of) leftover corks, recycling wine labels, reading about wine, and writing sentences about wine. We also love wine related art, including the six prints and paintings below. We think they would all look wonderful on our walls or […]

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