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What is an AVA? 11 Things You Should Know

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Most high-quality, U.S. wines identify an AVA of origin on their label. The number of AVA’s is growing rapidly too. There are five new AVAs in the works just in the vicinity Willamette Valley, Oregon. But what is an AVA? What does an AVA designation tell us about a wine?

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What You Should Know about the Wines and Wine Regions of Argentina

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

To most American wine drinkers, Malbec is almost inextricably linked to Argentina—like Zinfandel with California. It’s hard not to love Argentina’s take on the dark purple wine, rich on the palate and bursting with ripe blackberries—especially if you’re a carnivore. But, as with New Zealand and Sauvignon Blanc, which we covered last time, there’s much more to Argentina’s wine story than one variety.

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12 Things Wine Lovers Should Know about New Zealand

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Now’s a perfect time to boost your Kiwi wine knowledge. Spring foods pair very well with crisp, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. And May 4 is International Sauvignon Blanc Day. So pour yourself a glass and drink up while you read up on New Zealand and its wines.

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How Critics Approach Wines They Review

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

How do critics avoid being caught up in the immediate deliciousness of wines and evaluate them objectively? This seems a simple question, but there are many parts to the answer.

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