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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Five Drinking Games to Play with Wine

by Rob Jones

Wine is a sophisticated tipple usually enjoyed with dinner or in moderation with family and friends. Drinking games are usually quite the opposite, but wine and drinking games do not have to be mutually exclusive. The truth is that while wine might not be the first tipple you think of when playing drinking games, it can be the perfect accompaniment. In fact, drinking games with wine are nothing new. One of Italy’s most popular and historic drinking games had refreshingly simple rules. Participants would drink as much wine as possible before stopping at regular intervals to insult each other.…

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A Tale of Two Chardonnays

by Susanna Gaertner

Summer! The season of al fresco dining with grilled meats, pasta, potato salads, and all manner of BBQ. And, of course, chardonnay, the white wine of choice for so many Americans. A perennial favorite, chardonnay can be crisp and floral or buttery and brazen; it should be an adventure to find the type that appeals to you. A good place to begin is with a brace of J. Lohr chardonnays, as different from one another as they are each perfect in their expression of the grape. I must confess that I am not a chard lover—my white wine preferences run…

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4 reasons to raise a glass to British wine

by Morgan Franklin

Bordeaux, the Napa Valley, Montepulciano, the Cape Winelands – there are some corners of the world which are synonymous with wine, Bognor Regis, the Brecon Beacons and Exeter are not usually amongst them. In fact, there are no regions of the UK with a particular global pedigree for wine. But this could soon change... Home-grown sparkling wines have been enjoying an especial surge in popularity in the UK over the past decade, thanks to our warming climate and the chalky limestone soils of many parts of southern England. But it's not just bubbles which are being brewed up on…

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7 Wine Walk Tips

by Sippin Somm

Tis the season for wine, who am I kidding...there is never NOT a season suited for wine. There's a wine for every season, occasion, day, hour, minute, etc. However, with warmer weather there are these wine crawls, ahem, I mean wine walks (keep it classy...this is wine after all), that start popping up in downtowns and city centers all over the place. What is a wine walk? In the general sense it is an event, usually held by a chamber of commerce or downtown association, that aims to expose local businesses, by way of fermented grape juice. There are…

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Sauvignon Blanc

by Catherine E. Fallis Master Sommelier-Planet Grape

Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which probably originates from the Bordeaux region of France. It is now planted in much of the world’s vineyards. Sauvignon Blanc, is, without a doubt, one of the most versatile of grapes. Sauvignon derives from “sauvage”, or “wild”, and is also the “mother” of Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, old records list these two as Sauvignon Blanc, and Sauvignon. Sauvignon Blanc’s unique methoxypyrazines (flavor compounds) manifest themselves as grassy, herbaceous, even cat pee like aromas at their most pungent. The riper the grape, the more the flavors move into the melon/tree fruit spectrum. The…

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