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Wine Journal
What is Bordeaux Supérieur?

In the hierarchy of Bordeaux wines, the Bordeaux AOC category offers nice expressions of the region's wines, made to be enjoyed in their youth with relatively fruit-forward characteristics. They are generally not aged that long in barrel and offer easy-drinking personalities. Take it one step further and you get a bit more quality—or at least the promise of—than Bordeaux AOC wines: Bordeaux Supérieur....

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Explain Biodynamic Wine, Please!

What are you getting yourself into when you a buy a biodynamic bottle?...

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Everything You Think You Know About Prosecco Is Wrong

“Generic sparkling wine” and “poor man’s Champagne” are probably just a couple of the ways you’ve typecast—if not altogether dismissed—Prosecco. But if your primary belief is that it’s a budget-friendly stand-in for the good stuff, I’ve got some unfortunate news: everything you think you know about Prosecco is wrong....

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A Lesson in Barrel Tasting with Moshin Vineyards

While barrel tasting is an activity that wine lovers only do on occasion, it’s actually a very frequent activity for winemakers. Once grapes have finished fermenting and are transferred into barrels for aging, winemakers have to track the development of their wines by tasting samples directly from the barrel....

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Perfect Wine and Cheese Pairings from Trader Joe’s

The go-to grocery chain has just about everything, including your your next cheese board. And we have the perfect wine pairings....

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Five Books That Should Be On a Wine Lover's Shelf

While there’s always something to learn, connoisseurs who’ve long graduated from Wine 101 may want an altogether different kind of read, a book filled with philosophical musings or gripping anecdotes about this ancient and sensual drink, or simply with words that evoke the joys (and sorrows) that can flow from a glass....

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A Look Inside Ishikawa Brewery, One of Japan's Top Sake Operations

Our reporter brings us a glimpse of the magic behind the scenes....

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Why Sweet Wines Deserve Your Attention

Although sweet wine styles are amongst the oldest in winemaking culture’s millennia-long history, these days they’re often overlooked. But this is a mistake....

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A Rooftop Vineyard Grows in Brooklyn

Up a flight of stairs in New York City's Brooklyn Navy Yard, a rooftop door opens to another world. There, set against an expansive view of the Manhattan skyline, rows of twisted grapevines dance in the brisk breeze coming off the East River: Rooftop Reds, New York City's first commercial urban rooftop vineyard....

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Drink Ice Wine While It's Still Winter

When the charms of deep winter are beginning to run thin, we can at least thank the cold for bringing us ice wine. Made from naturally frozen grapes that have been left on the vine far into winter, ice wine is one of winter’s most warming—and spirit-lifting—offering. Here’s what you need to know before you pour your new favorite winter wine....

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