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How ‘Terroir’ Impacts the Perception of Wine

When I first discovered the wonders of wine back in the 1980s, I encountered a lot of wines that I liked a lot. Various bottlings of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewuztraminer, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon grabbed and

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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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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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French Wines: A Long History of Excellence

Terroir is important when talking about the wines of France, and so are vintages. Perhaps more than in any other winemaking country, vintages matter in France because an important part of terroir — the climate — can vary widely from

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New Zealand: The Home of Expressive Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough is New Zealand’s flagship wine region that, in combination with its expressive renditions of Sauvignon Blanc, has elevated the country to the international wine stage. But as we’ve learned in recent years, Marlborough offers depth in both grape varieties

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Zinfandel: A California Original That’s Worth Championing

It’s hard to believe that nearly a quarter-century has passed since ZAP was formed. “ZAP” may sound like a sound effect from the campy “Batman” television series, but in this context those letters are an acronym that stands for Zinfandel

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