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The New Sparkling Wine Taking on Champagne

Spain is about to “take on” France in the realm of world-class sparkling wine. France has always taken Champagne-making seriously, and has worked diligently to protect the “Champagne” designation in the global wine marketplace. As a result, with rare exceptions,

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Wine Showdown: Australia vs. New Zealand

Head-to-head encounters in cricket, rugby, hockey and netball have been known to evoke heated exchanges between Aussies and Kiwis. The sports fans of Australia and New Zealand love their teams, and aren’t about to back down from some friendly banter

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The Under-Experienced Beauty of Black Muscat

You’ve no doubt heard of Riesling, the delightful wine that’s most commonly associated with Germany. You may even have heard of Torrontes, the alluringly floral wine of Argentina. However, you may not have heard of Black Muscat, which is part

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Drink These 3 Wines All Winter — You’ll Kick Yourself If You Don’t

In case you hadn’t heard, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day. As we know, that means we’re in for more winter. Six more weeks, as of February 2. In my mind, I imagine a legendary cartoon character, Bugs

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British Fizz: The Next British Invasion?

I have to admit it: When I first heard the phrase “British Fizz,” the first thing that came to mind was that Alka-Seltzer must be undertaking a brand extension in England. Remember that antacid product’s iconic theme song? If not,

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TMZ Says Wine Is on the Way from Lady Gaga

Based on her performance during half-time of Sunday’s Super Bowl game, one could get the impression that Lady Gaga is capable of pretty much anything. And that would include making wine, according to TMZ. “Grigio Girls” was a bonus track

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Rooting for the Falcons? Open a Bottle of Merlot

I am a life-long Green Bay Packers fan. My Dad was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. But even though they obliterated the Packers in the NFC Championship Game, I will be rooting for the Atlanta Falcons in this Sunday’s Super

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Celebrating Australia’s Cutting-Edge Wines

Today is Australia Day — the “National Day” of Australia — which marks the arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships in New South Wales in 1788. It was known as New Holland back then, and the Brits sent

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Everything You Need to Know About France’s Wine Regions

For centuries, France has set the benchmarks for virtually every type of wine you could imagine, developed through a generations-long focus on the concept of terroir. In a nutshell, “terroir” is about matching the right variety to the right type

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3 Great Reasons to Stock Up on Syrah While You Can

More and more, it’s looking like it’s going to be a long winter. For that reason alone, this is a perfect time to stock up on Syrah, the wine that goes by the name of Shiraz in Australia. But there

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