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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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Napa Valley Cabernet: If You Think It's All Alike, Think Again

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Since the Judgement of Paris in 1976, if not before, Napa Valley has been recognized for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, it’s clearly the most famous wine region in America and one of the most popular tourist destinations in California, seeing over 3.3 million annual visitors as of 2014. Yet the success of Napa Valley, in both winemaking and branding, has led to a broad perception that its most famous commodity, Cabernet Sauvignon, is homogeneous and predictable. In reality, Napa Valley is one of the world’s most diverse, small wine-growing areas...

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Wine Ratings: What Do They Mean and How Do I Use Them?

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

In Part 1 of my two-part series, “Wine Ratings: What's the Point and Should You Pay Attention?”, I explained why rating systems were created, how various types of publications approach tastings differently, and why reviewers don’t always agree with each other. In Part 2, we’ll take a look at the 100-point scoring system and how to evaluate wine ratings in the context of your own palate and wine preferences.

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Wine Reviews - What's the point of points?

Wine Ratings: What's the Point and Should You Pay Attention?

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Whether you call them ratings, scores, or points, wine "grading" isn't going away any time soon. But you can, and should, use the information to your benefit. In Part 1 of my two-part series, I'll explain why rating systems were created, how various types of publications approach tastings differently and why reviewers don’t always agree with each other.

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