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Tasting 13 Vintages of Joseph Phelps Insignia

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Phelps Insignia is one of the most iconic wines of Napa Valley. It’s track record of high scores and collectability has been built not just on lip-smacking drinkability, but also complexity and consistency. And, though it is a wine that drinks well young, it can age magnificently.

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Is Vega Sicilia the Chateau Petrus of Spain?

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

For decades, Vega Sicilia has produced wines of one variety at a quality level so high as to transcend national boundaries. Like Chateau Petrus for Merlot, Vega Sicilia Unico is typically considered not just the best Tempranillo in the Ribeira del Duero region, nor in Spain overall, but in the world.

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2013 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage Report

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

“Ideal” is the single word I’ve heard the most with respect to the 2013 vintage in Rutherford. One winemaker said “the wines could be extracted without worry due to long hang times and moderate temperature. The result for him was concentrated fruit with refined structure.” For most producers, harvest came about two weeks earlier than in 2012 with slightly lower yields.

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5 Surprising Facts About Champagne

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

With the holidays already in full swing and New Year's Eve on the horizon, it's a good time to talk bubbly. In this post, I discuss five common misconceptions about the wines of Champagne, including which grapes are allowed to be bottled as Champagne, which are the most-planted, aging non-vintage Champagne, and what glass is best for fully enjoying all that Champagne has to offer.

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16 Essential Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

A great meal isn’t the same without delicious wine. But, with all that prep-time, family time and other hubbub, there isn’t a lot of time to ponder wine pairings for Thanksgiving—and choosing wines for such a rich and varied buffet can be a real challenge. These 16 wines for Thanksgiving are delicious, fun and crowd-pleasing!

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