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Why It's So Hard to Identify Aromas in Wine

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

With the quickest of glances, we know if the vehicle ahead of us is a sports car or a sedan, a pickup or hatchback. When we hear a siren, we instinctively know whether or not it’s a police car, a fire truck or an ambulance. Why then, is it so hard to identify what we smell in a glass of wine? There are three primary reasons: the way our brain works, our vocabulary and the complexity of wine.

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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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