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All About Zinfandel, California’s Favorite Wine

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Let’s Learn About Zinfandel!  Zinfandel is a wine truly made famous by California although it has it’s roots in Croatia. Planted in over 10 percent of all Californian vineyards, the Zinfandel grape is an important player in the California red wine industry. The big, ripe red wine that comes from these grapes  has some of […]

All About Riesling: The Most Versatile White Wine

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Riesling is one of the world’s most misunderstood and under appreciated wine grapes. (So is Chardonnay, but that’s another story.) This brilliant wine has unfortunately been associated with Germany’s mass exports of the 1970s and 1980s, or more recently with brands like Barefoot, and is typically assumed to be sweet. But while Riesling can make some of the […]

Carmenere, Chile’s Favorite Grape

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Carménère is to Chile as Malbec is to Argentina. It’s a unique wine that was born in France, but never truly found its place there, instead finding fame and fortune in the climate of a South American country. Carménère is now considered the national grape of Chile, known as a great wine the world over for meat […]

Everything You Need to Know About Cabernet Sauvignon

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Sought after by both serious collectors and wine novices alike, it’s no secret that Cabernet has won the popularity contest hands down in the wine world. Grown in nearly every wine-producing region Cabernet is perhaps the most widely recognized varietal. It commands some of the highest prices per bottle, think First Growth Bordeaux or Napa […]

Uncommon & Rare Wines You Need to Try

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Cabernet….Chardonnay…. There’s a reason these tried and true varietals are the most popular in the world. But with thousands of different varieties in existence it’s worth it to venture outside your wine tasting comfort zone now and again and try some uncommon wines. We’ve created a guide of our favorite off-the beaten path varietals from all […]