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Wine Journal
The Life of a Cheesemaker

Ever wondered what it's like to produce hundreds of thousands of pounds of cheese a day? Get to know these three cheesemakers who found their true calling....

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Chinese Cuisine: More Than Peking Duck

As an important part of culture, food is never easy to understand, and Chinese food is even more complicated....

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The Four Waves of Coffee, Explained

What you need to know about the past, present and future of coffee culture....

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Get to Know the Alsatian Auxerrois Grape

It’s not an easy task to find an Auxerrois table wine (or Crémant) in Alsace, even though the variety’s origin is—almost always—Alsace-Lorraine. On the other hand, it’s not any easier to find an Alsace Pinot Blanc that does not contain a more or less prominent amount of Auxerrois. In fact, for Alsatian wine producers, both varieties are not the same, even though “the name Auxerrois has been given to several distinct varieties of Northeastern France“ (Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson, Julia...

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A Brief History of the Sylvaner Grape

In Germany, Sylvaner is anything but a rare grape variety. In fact, this centuries-old cross of Traminer and the now largely unknown Österreichisch Weiss played a prominent for during hundreds of years in Germany—as well as in Alsace, Switzerland (where today it is better known as Johannisberger), the Val d’Isarco of Alto Adige (Northern Italy) and certainly Austria....

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Top 5 Italian Grape Varieties for Rosé

Italian varietals are a-plenty across the vast appellations of the country. And while most of the red varietals are made for red table wines, there’s actually quite a few that are used for Rosé production as well....

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Obscure Wine Grapes You Should Know About

We asked our wine experts for their top picks in their regions. Here are the varietals to put on your radar....

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Scotch + Oysters: The Dynamite Pairing You Should Know

Lessons were learned at a New York City restaurant as they unveiled a limited pairing menu featuring an unlikely duo....

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Coffee and Wine: How Your Two Favorite Beverages are Similar

Speaking of aromas and flavors, this is perhaps one of the most obvious similarities. Just like wine, coffee has a unique bouquet of aromas that are specific to its variety, terroir and roasting process—the same can be said for the coffee’s flavors and textures....

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The Bright World of Orange Wine

Where did this misleadingly-named beverage come from, and why are both winemakers and wine drinkers curious about it?...

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