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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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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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Why We Just Can’t Get Enough of Argentina’s Wines

It has been barely a decade-and-a-half since wines from Argentina began to show up in the United States in quantities large enough to be noticed by anyone but collectors. Since then, they’ve become hugely popular thanks mainly to one variety:

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Malbec: Easy-Drinking, Spicy Pleasure in a Glass

Malbec had always played a supporting role in the great red blends of Bordeaux, but during the 20th century, its role had steadily diminished to the point that many French estates were no longer including it in their blends. Then,

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5 Reasons We Love Australian Wines

When I was first learning about wine during the early 1980s, the wines of Australia were just beginning to be noticed here in the United States. Through a lot of tasting and one memorable visit (how I survived driving on

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Exploring New Zealand’s Wine Regions

When I was in elementary school, I always seemed to gravitate to kids who didn’t seem to have a lot of friends, or were on the quiet side, or came from a different part of the world. I don’t really

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What Sets Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll District Apart

With fewer than 25 active wineries in the entire Napa Valley in 1968, the Trefethen family rehabilitated a “ghost winery” and began replanting the vineyards. That year, residents established the Napa Valley Agricultural Preserve to permanently protect more than 38,000

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Alexander Valley’s Ascent to Wine World Star Status

In 1841, Cyrus Alexander arrived in an untamed valley to manage the Sotoyome Rancho, a Mexican land grant owned by a San Diego sea captain, Henry Delano Fitch, and his wife, Josefa Carrillo. As payment for his services, Alexander received

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Rheinhessen: Lovely Wines from a Lovely Place

The largest of Germany’s 13 wine regions, Rheinhessen, lies in a valley of gentle rolling hills. While vines are virtually a monoculture in the Rheingau or along the Mosel, they are but one of many crops that share the fertile

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Wines That Are Uniquely Marlborough

Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest winegrowing region, accounting for 75% of the country’s total wine production. It has been said that there is no wine anywhere in the world that tastes like the

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