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A taste of the New World : the Marlborough region in New Zealand

Marlborough is by far New Zealand's most important wine region. Situated at the northeastern tip of the South Island, this dry, sunny region produces - three-quarters of all New Zealand wine. It is particularly famous for its zesty Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

The region consists of two parallel valleys, the Wairau and the Awatere. The long, straight Wairau Valley is slightly longer-established

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A guide to Sauternes, the liquid gold

Thanksgiving was right around the corner!
Being away from home, I got nostalgic about the dinner. The best part of the family dinners of course is dessert which becomes better when accompanied with the perfect wine. This is why today I decided to talk about Sauternes- That delicious appellation that pairs perfectly with dessert and has potential to even replace it!


What does Sauternes taste

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A guide to the perfect Thanksgiving dinner!

The pressure is on when it comes to choosing wine for the holiday. We want something everyone can start drinking early and keep drinking late—just to, say, survive any family issues that may arise. 
Leaving the latter aside for the moment, the former is fairly easily solved. To taste good with the range of flavors turkey and all the fixings include, wine (red or white) needs to have generous fruit

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The Ultimate Dolce Vita Vibe : Chianti!

There is more to Chianti (Kee-Ahn-tee) than the classic bottle in a straw basket, known as a fiasco, made famous by old school Italian red sauce joints in the ‘70s and Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs.


Like most other wines made in the Old World, Chianti derives its name not from the grape used to make the wine, which is Sangiovese, but from the region where it is made. The Chianti reg

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The Big Bad ‘B’ from Italy

Step aside, Bordeaux and Burgundy — there’s another bold “B” on the block that’s just as big and bad as you are. We’re saying au revoir to our French bottles and benvenuto to the Wine of Kings, Barolo. Equally noteworthy and just as delicious, Barolo is considered the cream of the crop when it comes to Italian reds. So what makes Barolo ‘The wine of kings, the king of wines".


All great wines h

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Inside the mysterious designation of Pessac Léognan

Once known as ‘Haut Graves’ (High or Upper Graves), Pessac Leognan was created in 1987 as a break away from the Graves AOC and is centered around the villages of Pessac, Talence and Leognan. This is the reason why chateaux such as Smith Haut Lafitte, Carbonnieux still bear the title of Grand Cru Classé du Graves though they now lie within the Pessac Leognan area. Pessac Leognan is north of Graves a

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10 reasons to love Red Wine more

The French population as a whole tends to consume a good bit of cheese, butter, bread and red wine and yet maintains relatively low levels of cardiovascular issues as a nation, along with smaller waistlines in general. What is the reason of this French Paradox?


Resveratrol has been suspected to be one of the “magic keys”, the miracle compound of red wine, one the primary anti-oxidants that is

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Respect the Grape

If you were to open your fridge and take a look at the food in your home, 50-60% would most likely be organic, free range, or fair trade products. Just as we take care of ourselves from the inside out and try as best we can to do our part in helping make a difference in the world by purchasing smarter, we also need to think about buying smarter when it comes to our wines. A simple read of the bac

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Classically Blended and Perfect for South East Asia

When living in a hot tropical climate such as South East Asia, I find myself drinking lighter style whites as they are refreshing, easy drinking and perfect for sharing. When I look to relaxing with a glass of white or entertain with a poolside BBQ, I like to pull out one that not only is refreshing but also has good balance that will please with or without food. There is one style that I have re

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The secret of these Zin-licious Californian wines !

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Zinfandel was often known as the box of cheap, pink ‘White Zin” back in the 80’s. It lined the bottom shelves of grocery stores and was the main crowd pleaser at any house party you went to. However, this grape variety is making a comeback. Winemakers are producing quality Zinfandel that is medium to full-body, bold, spicy and delicious.

Red Zinfandel’s DNA has confirmed it co

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