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An Illustrated Guide to Barbera From Italy

An Illustrated Guide to Barbera From Italy

Barbera is quite the comeback story. Once the redheaded stepchild of Piedmont winemakers, relegated to the lesser vineyards behind its golden-boy brother Nebbiolo, Barbera is now known for making easy-drinking, acid-driven, everyday reds that pair with everything from pizza to barbecued meats. Some winemakers are even planting Barbera in top vineyards throughout the Langhe subregion […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Gamay From Beaujolais

An Illustrated Guide to Gamay From Beaujolais

November may be the traditional season for Beaujolais, but this somm favorite is suitable for sipping all year round. Always made from Gamay, Beaujolais got a bad rap for years because of the barely fermented, thin Beaujolais Nouveau. Excellent Beaujolais, particularly from the region’s 10 crus, can maintain its drinkability while being complex, versatile, and […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Pinot Gris from Alsace

An Illustrated Guide to Pinot Gris from Alsace

While Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris may be the same grape, it’s somewhat fitting that two different names exist, as the grape can make two wildly different styles of wine. While Pinot Grigio from Italy is often simple and refreshing, Pinot Gris from Alsace is intensely concentrated and multifaceted, with flavors that include white flower, […]

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An Illustrated Guide to Riesling from Alsace

An Illustrated Guide to Riesling from Alsace

Those who think of Riesling as light, delicate, and sweet have probably never experienced the Rieslings of Alsace. A sunny, dry region located on France’s border with Germany, Alsace is known for white wines. Its Rieslings often marry the opulence of all that sunshine with taut acidity and intense minerality. While some Alsatian Rieslings have […]

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10 Perfect Provence Rosé and Fall Food Pairings [INFOGRAPHIC]

10 Perfect Provence Rosé and Fall Food Pairings [INFOGRAPHIC]

Seasons may change but what’s in your glass doesn’t have to. Rosé (especially those pale-pink beauties from Provence) is the perfect wine to pair with your favorite fall dishes because it’s dry, light, and vibrant like no other wine. Whether you choose a wine from Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence or Coteaux Varois en Provence, you’re […]

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An Illustrated Guide to the Most Important Wine Soils You Should Know (Infographic)

An Illustrated Guide to the Most Important Wine Soils You Should Know (Infographic)

Wine nerds are often also soil nerds. Soil directly and indisputably affects the wine that is produced in a given region. In addition to climate and aspect, soil is part of what makes a region’s terroir and can separate mediocre winemaking areas from superior ones. The Dirty Guide to Wine, a newly published book by […]

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