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What You Should Know about the Oakville AVA in Napa Valley

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Oakville is among the most important regions of Napa Valley, especially with respect to Cabernet Sauvignon. Oakville has a very long viticultural history and is home to some of California's most respected vineyards and producers.

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Are Expensive Wines Better?

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

This may be the wine question I’m most frequently asked by consumers. The question is broad, so a simple “yes or no” answer doesn’t work, but the short answer is “usually.” ...In objective terms, wine quality tends to go up with price. ...Some regions are famous for producing wines which offer an excellent quality-price ratio.

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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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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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