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Producers Declare 2017 Vintage Port

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

It is very rare that two consecutive vintages are widely declared. But that is the case with 2016 and 2017. Though very different from each other, both years produced exceptional fruit.

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Wine Alcohol Content From Light to Strong

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

You want to add a bottle or two to your wine collection, but this time you’re interested in something new — a varietal or brand you haven't tried before. When you've never tried a particular kind of wine before, you might not know what to expect from its alcohol content. Here's a quick guide.

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On Cos d'Estournel & Tasting 9 Vintages

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Cos d'Estournel has emerged as one of the best and most consistent producers of Bordeaux. This article details the changes there over the past 20 years and covers a tasting by Fred Swan of nine wines with technical director Dominique Arangoits.

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An Introduction to French Sauvignon Blanc

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

Hailing from Western France in the Loire Valley and the general Bordeaux region, Sauvignon Blanc is known for its herbaceous, grassy notes that blend with tropical fruits and tart citrus. Its overall crispness often becomes a bit juicier in warmer climates. Most Sauvignon Blanc ferments in stainless steel vats rather than oak barrels, which gives it a straightforward flavor. Those versions that age in oak take on dill, nutmeg and coconut notes, along with a customary vanilla and butter combination...

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What Makes a Wine Great? The Top 10 Qualities

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

What separates truly great wines from those which are very good, but somehow less memorable? Famed wine writer and educator Karen MacNeil has identified nine attributes. This article explains each.

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