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Wine Trends that Matter - Climate Change

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

In a new series of articles, I’ll be highlighting several important, ongoing trends related to wine. I’ll tell you how each affects avid wine consumers personally. Today’s article addresses climate change, which is changing wine styles in pretty much every region of the world.

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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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A Champagne in Any Other Glass...

by Chuck Hayward

Champagne has long been on the receiving end of rules—ones about how it is made, how it is labeled, and how it should be drunk. Over the years, we have come to accept those regulations and perhaps even find it comforting that they don't fluctuate often. But today, champagne is witnessing revisions to concepts that were before considered sacrosanct, and they have nothing to do with grapes or labels. The change has to do with glass vessels.

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The Fizz Biz

by Chuck Hayward

The Institute of the Masters of Wine is a London based organization devoted to the education of the wine trade which culminates in the famous Master of Wine exam, a rigorous four day series of tastings and essays. Equivalent in study to a Ph.D., there are currently 289 members who have completed the study program and are involved in the wine trade in occupations as varied as journalists to grape growers.

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