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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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Posted in Wine Buzz, Wine in the Glass

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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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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Posted in Wine in the Glass, Wine Region Profiles

4 Wine Reasons to Look Forward to 2017

I’ve been looking forward to 2017 for a lot of reasons, and at least four of them have to do with wine… 1. It should be a great year for Pinot Noir. As this outstanding Pinot Noir collection demonstrates, Pinot

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How to Open a Bottle of Champagne — Safely

We want you to have not only a festive and fun New Year’s Eve, but also a safe one. A bottle of Champagne — whether it’s a vintage wine like the floral, fruitful and fresh 2009 Cristal by Louis Roederer

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Posted in Wine FAQ, Wine in the Glass

Why the Grocery Store Is the Last Place You Want to Shop for Champagne

The headline says it all. Here are four reasons you’re much better off putting your trust in the Champagne experts: Most grocery stores stock their wines standing up. They age more gracefully when laid on their side. Most grocery stores

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Posted in Wine in the Glass

Test Your Knowledge of Sparkling Wine

Before you know it, corks will be popping, froth will be flying and the season of celebrations will be in full swing. While sparkling wine makes a refreshing beverage choice at any time of the year — not to mention

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How to Stock Your Home Wine Cellar (or Rack)

When you’re first “getting into” wine, learning about all the different varieties and growing regions and aging regimens and customs can be a daunting experience. At the very beginning of what, for many, becomes a life-long journey, all that most

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A Surprising Discovery at Michigan’s Warner Vineyards

For visitors to Paw Paw, Mich., a stop at Warner Vineyards is a must — and not just because my Dad’s name was Warner. For one thing, the grounds are gorgeous, with lush landscaping, its own little “river,” bridges and

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Posted in Editor's Journal, Our Wine Travel Log

Test Your Wine Knowledge… and Make Me Feel Smarter!

It has become a regular weekday evening ritual for my new bride and her daughter (a freshman in college) to watch Jeopardy! together, often while we’re eating dinner. It is a humbling experience for all of us, simply confirming how

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