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Exactly How Do Professional Critics Rate and Rank Wine?

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

While many people enjoy wine, there is a very select group who enjoy it professionally. If you’re an aficionado looking to elevate your wine drinking experience, there is no shortage of resources on the best practices for tasting wine and helpful tips for creating the illusion of understanding what wine tasting is all about. While these are noble endeavors in their own right and excellent ways to appreciate the nuances of a quality glass of wine, amateur or hobby wine critics are no replacement for the real thing.

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The Secrets to Pairing Wine with Thai Food

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

There's a lot going on in Thai food. This aromatic cuisine has everything from spices and herbs to fish sauces, coconut milk, and fragrant rice, but it has also mastered the delicate act of flavor balance. Each bite reveals a new and complex taste. It is this very complexity that often makes Thai food seem such a challenge for wine lovers. The good news is that matching wine with Thai food can be an utter joy. You can discover new Thai food and wine combinations, delight the senses, and add more wines to your collection, all at the same time.

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What You Should Know About German Riesling, Part 2

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

German Riesling is available in a very wide variety of profiles and styles. Riesling can be picked very low in sugar, very high, or anywhere in between. Finished wines range from bone-dry with high acid to lusciously sweet with balancing acidity. German Riesling is a great food-pairing wine and often presents tremendous value too. It’s important to understand the many classifications of German Riesling so you know what you’re getting.

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What Makes Champagne Fizzy?

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

Used for toasting everything from life's greatest accomplishments to its simplest pleasures, Champagne has become synonymous with celebration. Champagne is a French sparkling wine that is often used to refer to other bubblies from other places, but don't be fooled — not all sparkling wine has the honor of being a true Champagne. This classic wine can only earn the moniker of if it is from the Champagne wine region of France. Master winemakers create the renowned bubbly under strict guidelines, through carefully honed grape-pressing methods and time-consuming secondary fermentation...

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