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  1. Moscato Sparkling Wine Guide

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    Moscato wines tend to be polarizing in the wine community, adored by some and ignored by others. They’re sweet, fragrant, and have a fascinating history that’s perfect for reading about over a glass of—you guessed it—Moscato. Join us as we deep dive into all things sparkling Moscato. 

    What is Moscato Sparkling Wine? 

    Sparkling Moscato is one of the five primary types of Moscato. As the name suggests, Sparkling Moscato is bubbly and effervescent, layered in fruity overtones followed by a more subtle mineral finish. Sparkling Moscato The Italian wines of Moscato d’Asti (semi-sparkling) and Asti Spumante (sparkling) are two of the most prestigious examples of sparkling Moscato. Both Italian versions have Italy’s highest DOCG classification and have a protected guarantee of origin. For those seeking a top-of-the-line sparkling Moscato, we recommend Moscato d’Asti. Heralding from the Pied

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  2. What is White Blend Wine?

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    White blend wine is a white wine containing grapes from more than one varietal—Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, for example. Blending allows wine-makers to choose the perfect fusion of grape characteristics, developing a unique flavor profile that the producer couldn’t achieve with single-varietal wine. White wine blends are less fêted than red blends, but many superb white blend wines deserve the attention of wine enthusiasts.

    Some amount of blending is a standard part of the wine-making process: a winemaker might blend grapes from different terroirs or barrels to achieve the desired result. But in this article, we’re focusing on white blend wines that mix varietals. 

    The History of White Blend Wine

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  3. Everything You Need To Know About Chilling Wine

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    What temperature brings out the best in a bottle of wine? Wine chilling is a topic around which there is much myth and confusion. But, as you’ll discover in this article, a handful of simple wine chilling rules results in a perfectly chilled—or unchilled—bottle of wine, whether red, white, or sparkling. But before we delve into the specifics,  it’s worth considering why wine temperature matters.

    The short answer is that temperature affects taste. Wine is a complex mix of ingredients, and every wine has a unique chemical composition. These ingredients behave differently as their temperature changes, affecting how they interact with each other, our taste buds, and, most importantly, our sense of smell. Wine drinkers adjust the temperature of their bottles to achieve the perfect balance of flavors, aromas, and textures. 

    How Chilled Should White Wine Be? 

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  4. A Comprehensive Guide to Sweet Vermouth

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    In the 20th century’s middle decades, no cocktail bar or domestic drinks trolley was complete without a selection of vermouths, always including a sweet vermouth from France or Italy. Vermouth from producers such as Cinzano, Noilly Prat, and Martini and Rossi were huge sellers. Towards the end of the century, vermouth suffered a decline in popularity, but its fortunes have revived in recent years. 

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  5. The Comprehensive Gewürztraminer Wine Guide

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    Gewürztraminer wine, while less popular than more commonly drank Rieslings, Pinot Grigios, and Chardonnays, is an exceptional varietal. Gewürztraminer wine has been cherished in Italy, France, Hungary, and Germany for hundreds of years. Read on to learn more about Gewürztraminer grapes and wine, including why you should share a bottle at your next get-together. 

    How to Pronounce Gewürztraminer 

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  6. A Guide to The Spanish Wine Region of Ribera Del Duero

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    Ribera Del Duero has been producing wine for thousands of years. But, in just the last 40 to 50 years, the region has blossomed into a powerful wine producer boasting exceptional quality, views, and weather. Whether you’re planning a trip to Ribera Del Duero, or simply curious to learn more about this historic region and the wines produced there, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find everything you need to know in our Ribera Del Duero Wine Guide. 

    What is Ribera Del Duero? 

    Let’s start with the basics. Ribera Del Duero is a Spanish Denomination of Origin (DO), located approximately two and a half hours north of Madrid. The region is flat, rocky, and approximately 2500 feet above sea level. Soil structure is well suited to wine production, and the height above sea level creates a greater contrast in daily temperature highs and lows, which also assists with grape production quality

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  7. A Guide to Super Tuscan Wine History

    Super Tuscan Wine

    Super Tuscan wines are an excellent example of wine innovation. The Super Tuscan story is a classic success story; quality and innovation overcoming adversity and rising to the top. Super Tuscan wine is now a popular drink in Tuscany, Italy, and even around the world. But what is Super Tuscan wine, and how did it come to be? Join us as we dive into Super Tuscan wine’s history, food pairings, and a special recommendation of our favorite bottles. 

    What Is Super Tuscan Wine?

    Super Tuscan wine is a unique wine that was developed in Tuscany in the 1970s. It was an “unsanctioned” wine designation used by growers in the region who are producing high-quality wines that don’t fit the standards laid forth by the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) classification system. These wines are often a blend of Sangiovese mixed with a French grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. In addition to bein

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  8. Loire Valley Wine Guide: History, Tasting Notes, Food Pairings, and More

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    The Loire Valley is one of the largest wine regions in France, producing quality wines in many different varietals. Learn all about the fantastic wines and interesting history stemming from one of France’s most picturesque wine regions.

    What is the Loire Valley? 

    The Loire Valley is one of France’s many wine regions. It’s also one of its largest as it runs along the banks of the Loire, the longest river in France. Running from the Massif Central in the East all the way to the Atlantic at Saint-Nazaire, The banks of the Loire and its tributaries are dotted with vineyards along the way. Due to its immense size, this wine region is home to 87 different appellations that are each also known for their distinct qualities. 

    Loire Valley Wine History

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  9. Rioja Wine Guide

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    The region of Rioja has a long and storied history, one that is thoroughly intertwined with wine production in the area. Whether you are planning a trip to Rioja or simply looking to experience the region through the wine produced there, our guide to Rioja wine covers everything you need to know about the region and the wine produced there. 

    What is Rioja Wine?

    Rioja is both the name of a wine region and the name given to the wine itself.  These wines are primarily red, though they can also be white or pink. They are most commonly made using Tempranillo grapes, though this is only one of many varieties grown in the region, and almost all wines produced here are blends. 

    The name Rioja is derived from the name of a river in the region, the Oja River (Rio Oja). The name was established as a designation of origin for the prestigious wines

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  10. What is Malbec Wine?

    What is Malbec Wine?

    While less popular than varietals such as Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Chardonnay, Malbec wine is still loved worldwide. Known for its easy-drinking characteristics and high alcohol content, good Malbecs can be found around the globe, each providing a unique profile that is distinct to its terroir. Whether you’re planning a dinner party or simply brushing up on your Malbec wine trivia, you’re in the right place. Join us as we dive into everything Malbec, from its tasting notes to its interesting history.

    What Kind of Grapes are Used in Malbec Wine? 

    Malbec wine comes from the grape of the same name— Malbec. Malbec Grapes are dark, thick-skinned grapes that love the sun and higher elevations. You might also find these grapes under another name: Côt, pronounced (“coat”), is a name for these grapes that you’ll hear in France. Knowing these two are one and the same can save you time and confusio

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