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This Italian Grape Is Back From Near-Extinction, Thanks to One Winemaker

This Italian Grape Is Back From Near-Extinction, Thanks to One Winemaker

Wine experts believe that Italy is home to more native wine grapes than any other country in the world. Yet many Italian wine lovers can’t name more than a handful of the estimated 2,000 varieties of Italy, sticking to their preferred Nebbiolo or Sangiovese. Some of the country’s most interesting grapes remain under the radar […]

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You Aren’t Imagining It. Many Famous Wine Varieties Smell Like Salad.

You Aren’t Imagining It. Many Famous Wine Varieties Smell Like Salad.

If you nose a wine and get a distinctive whiff of salad, don’t be alarmed. A green, vegetal aroma that presents itself as bell pepper, jalapeño, or grass is characteristic of some of the world’s most famous wine varieties. These aromas can be fresh, spicy, overripe, or stinky, depending on how the wine is made. […]

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What Is Muscadine Wine?

What Is Muscadine Wine?

While it may not be the most popular wine on the market, Muscadine is a must-try for all American wine lovers. Why, you may ask? Believe it or not, Muscadine is one of the most patriotic wines of them all; that’s to say, it is one of the only wines on the market made with […]

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The 3 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Cabernet Franc

The 3 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc, the quiet parent grape of flashy Cabernet Sauvignon, plummy Merlot, and tannic Carménère, deserves far more attention than it gets, especially during the holiday season when wine recommendations reach a fever pitch. Not only does Cabernet Franc create wines of exceptional character, but it matches beautifully with fall comfort food, and will never, […]

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The Definitive Guide To Champagne + Map

The Definitive Guide To Champagne + Map

Not all bubbly is created equal, so while ”champagne” is often used as a general term to describe all sparkling wine, true Champagne can only come from the small northern region of Champagne, France. Born largely by accident and, more accurately, climate, Champagne was considered to be a faulty wine hundreds of years ago when […]

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