The Cheapest Airbnb Accommodation for a European Wine Tour

by Morgan Franklin

Flights to Europe at the moment are really good value. That means, if you can be relatively flexible about when you travel, you can get a return flight to almost anywhere in Europe for an amazing price. This is great news if you want to embark on a wine tour in Europe, tasting the best the continent has to offer. But what about accommodation? Any savings you make on the flight can quickly be lost when it comes to finding an affordable place to stay. So, we thought we’d do a little research to try and find some Europe’s best…

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Prosecco bottling dates for NV wine

by Bernard Kenner

There is something about Prosecco that has bothered me for years. It has nothing to do with the product itself, but rather to better inform the consumer about what they can expect from bottles they purchase. I believe there is a simple remedy, but first some background information for context. Prosecco has become the sparkler of choice for many, as evidenced by the widely promoted statistics mentioned in a flood of recent press releases and articles. This is due to good marketing and promotion of a very friendly, moderately priced, value wine, with festive bubbles as a bonus. As…

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The Okanagan is a Great Place to Visit

by Bernard Kenner

If someone told me a few years ago that I could go to British Columbia, and have a Pinotage of better quality then I have ever had from South Africa (even if you are not a fan of the grape), or a wonderful Verdejo/ Albarino blend, much less a stunning Pinot noir, I would have said you were crazy. Yet, the Okanagan Valley region, either an hour's flight or four and a half hour scenic drive, east of the city of Vancouver, delivers that and much more. Sampling these wines far away from their home is not easy because production…

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Snowbirds Vintners Debuts Vacation Inspired Wines

by Cassandra Rosen

Snowbirds Vintners announced the addition of a new Rhône-style rosé to their sustainable, American wine portfolio. To date, award-winning Chef Jamie McFadden and veteran winemaker Norm Saley have also produced two sustainably made vintages for Snowbirds - a 2015 Grüner Veltliner, from the Lake Chelan AVA, in Washington, and a 2013 Merlot from the Monterey County AVA, in California. Inspired by Chef McFadden’s childhood winter vacations to warmer climates, Snowbirds Vintners was created to make food and wine pairings easier and more approachable. The label and look for the brand are whimsical, with a nod to the joy of…

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Insuring Your Wine Collection & Choosing Your Wine Appraiser or Wine Appraisals Expert.

by Tom DiNardo - The Wine Zealot, sommelier, and CEO Winery & Wine Appraisals

This article offers all spirits and wine drinkers some terrific advice for protecting their wines and wine collection. Virtually all insurance companies will require a wine appraisal prior to issuing a wine insurance policy for your valuable wine collection. God forbid you should wait until your wine collection has possibly been compromised, or worse destroyed, by heat, freeze, flood, fire, tornado, earthquake, home repair, and or other wine damage. When searching for a qualified wine appraiser or wine appraisal expert for your wine collection you will want to ask the following questions from your potential wine appraiser. (1) Are…

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300 Years Later: Burgundy Unmasked

by Rachel Croft

Château de Pommard’s New Wine Experiences Explore The Mystery of UNESCO’s World Heritage Climats POMMARD, FRANCE (April 19, 2017) – Since 1726, the families of Château de Pommard have led the estate through some of Burgundy’s most inspiring evolutions. Famille Carabello-Baum, the fifth family to steward the domain in three centuries, are now doing the unthinkable – making it possible for wine lovers everywhere to decipher the mosaic of terroir that is the Côte d’Or. “As if 100 AOCs in Burgundy wasn’t confusing enough, now we have 1,257 different UNESCO World Heritage Climats of Burgundy! As a Grand…

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Master Sommelier Michael Jordan Recommends New Wines to Try

by NAUSHAD HUDA - I Like this Grape

You read that correctly: Michael Jordan! But not the hall-of-fame, NBA legend who was arguably one of the best to ever pick up a ball. This Michael Jordan is a legend in wine and arguably one the best sommeliers to ever pick up a glass. Jordan is a certified wine educator with the Society of Wine Educators and a Master Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers — one of only 15 people in the world to hold both diplomas! Thus, when he recommends wines, we take notes! Question: Michael, if you were to advise young wine drinkers…

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What is "fine wine"?

by Stuart George

At Vins Extraordinaires we offer fine wines by the glass. But what is “fine wine”? Supermarkets define fine wine by price: Anything and everything above £10 or so is on the shelving section labelled as “fine wines”, opposite the sub-£10 stuff. In my local supermarket it’s about 30 wines out of 650 in total, so about 4.6% of all wines sold here. The supermarket sells a well-known Marlborough sauvignon blanc brand at £21, ergo it is a fine wine. It has an “iconic” (= well-designed and eye-catching) label and, in its way, is an historic winery – it…

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