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Our Love Affair With Pinot Noir: It’s All About Flavor

Critics who praise the “complexity” of red Burgundy and Champagne are absolutely, 100-percent on target. A few years ago, a team of French and Italian researchers mapped the genome of the Pinot Noir grape, used to make bubbly and many

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France’s 4 Best Wine Regions

Listing or naming the “best” anything can be a daunting exercise in subjectivity, and that’s particularly true when it comes to types of wine, wine-producing countries and wine regions. That said, lists are fun, so I’ve decided to go out

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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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An Inn and a Restaurant for French Wine Lovers

Because so much of wine’s history is linked to France, that country will always hold a special place in the hearts of wine lovers. Today, I’d like to tell you about a French inn that’s attracting foodies from around the

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5 Fascinating Facts About French Wine

The French are amazingly resilient people, an assertion underscored in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris last November. I happened to be covering an important global bowling tournament, the QubicaAMF World Cup in Las Vegas, for Bowlers Journal

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Why Are Most French and Italian Wines Named After a Place Instead of a Grape?

In telling the story of my “epiphany wine,” I have mentioned the period of time when I used to have a glass of “Chablis” with my steak at the local Sizzler restaurant. I knew nothing about wine then. First, I

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Cruising Europe in Search of Wine

Viking River Cruises, Emerald Waterways and Uniworld are among the cruise lines offering wine-themed river cruises, and all are worth checking out if you’d like to experience European wine regions at a nice, slow, casual pace. Yet another option is

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