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Parallels Happen

Rudy Kurniawan fooled many noted wine experts and enthusiasts with counterfeit wines, netting him millions of dollars. It happens. Read Full Article

A Journey Into Port

Follow the story of Port wine and how an effort to protect it during its voyage from Portugal to England earned the Brits their just desserts. Read Full Article

Talk About a Garage Sale

Like that Bordeaux you’re sipping? Thanks, I made it in my basement. Learn why it’s actually not weird that some of the most expensive wine is born in garages and cellars throughout Bordeaux. Read Full Article

Get a Crush on Portugal

If you’ve ever seen that episode of “I Love Lucy” when Lucy frantically crushes grapes with her feet at the Italian vineyard, you know the wrong way to do it. Here’s how it should be done. Read Full Article

Sancerre

You really need to be more Sancerre about your wine. Learn about the village that produces some of the raciest and most elegant wines on the planet. Read Full Article

This is About a Galet I Used to Know

If The Flintstones had been French, they may have named their daughter Galet instead of Pebbles. Learn about the seemingly spontaneously occurring rock that helps the Rhone Valley give Châteauneuf-du-Pape its expression. Read Full Article

Tiny Sparkling Wine Crystals

“Waiter, there’s glass in my wine!” Chances are, you’re not at any risk of tearing your mouth to shreds on that bottle of Bordeaux. Discover why crystal floating in your wine is a good thing. Read Full Article

What’s up, dog?!

A winery without a dog is like peanut butter without jelly. Like cereal without milk. Like a library without books. Like Hollywood without plastic surgery. You get the idea. It’s just not normal. Read Full Article

Cabernet Sauvignon: A Love Story

The story of the romance that bore Cabernet Sauvignon is a juicy one, which you might expect from a tale of two grapes. Learn how a taboo union resulted in one of the world’s best loved wines. Read Full Article

Fumé Blanc

White Smoke. An 80s hair band or Mondavi’s Sauvignon Blanc translated to English? Learn how the California winemaker turned a made-up term into a legend. Read Full Article

Funky Cold Txakolina

Anyone up for a big, frothy glass of…Txakolina? If you’re unfamiliar with the Spanish wine that was practically made for enjoying with tapas, it’s time you two should meet. Read Full Article

Santenots is Coming to Town

The story of this French wine is much like a Russian doll situation – an appellation within an appellation. It’s a truly captivating example of how the French appellation system works. Read Full Article

The Mistake on the Hill

If it looks like a Grand Cru, acts like a Grand Cru and talks like a Grand Cru, it’s probably a Grand Cru. Unless, of course, the French government decides otherwise. Read Full Article

What the Cork is That Smell?

That is one funky cork. And we don’t mean it knows how to get down. One foul cork can ruin a bottle of wine—and that romantic moment with your special someone. Don’t let a bad cork spoil the mood. Read Full Article

Tiny Crystals in the Wine...

“Waiter, there’s glass in my wine!” Chances are, you’re not at any risk of tearing your mouth to shreds on that bottle of Bordeaux. Discover why crystal floating in your wine is a good thing. Read Full Article

Makin' French Bubbles

If I could save time in a bottle, I’d be Jim Croce. If I could save bubbles in a bottle, I’d make Champagne. Learn the somewhat surprisingly complex process of making the classic bubbly. Read Full Article

Chablis

Chablis imposters have tainted the wine’s good name, and they must be stopped. Get to know the real Chablis and how to spot it. Read Full Article

The Tasty Tongue

What’s on the tip of your tongue? Taste buds. The receptors that make you swoon with pleasure or cringe in disgust are pretty misunderstood. Learn why Read Full Article

Noble Rot

There’s something rotten in your dessert wine. Discover how shriveled, fungus-infested grapes make your wine all the more sweet, and have resulted in what is possibly the greatest wine in the world. Read Full Article

What is a Supertuscan?

What happens when you combine a French grape with a couple of rebellious Italian winemakers? The Supertuscan. Sometimes making superior wine means breaking all the rules. Read Full Article

From Where Does Cork Come?

You’ve probably spent countless hours wondering what you’re going to do with the hundreds of wine corks you have collecting in your kitchen, but have you ever wondered where those corks originated? Read Full Article

Bottle Sizes

The bigger the bottle, the bigger the name? When it comes to assigning nicknames to wine bottles based on their size, things get downright biblical. Read Full Article

Wine's Color

Something magical happens when there’s skin contact. In the case of humans, the result is usually a warm, fuzzy feeling. In the case of wine, white juice turns red. Read Full Article

Sweet vs. Dry

Dry is just the opposite of sweet, right? Well, it’s not quite that simple. But the difference between the wines does have to do with sugar (not to mention alcohol content). Read Full Article

Cork Smell

That is one funky cork. And we don’t mean it knows how to get down. One foul cork can ruin a bottle of wine—and that romantic moment with your special someone. Don’t let a bad cork spoil the mood. Read Full Article

Terroir

Terroir is neither the result of watching a slasher film nor is it a small, wiry dog. Find out why winemakers in Burgundy never call a vineyard a vineyard. Read Full Article

Judgment of Paris

In a famous moment in wine competitions, a British wine dealer sought out experts to conduct a blind tasting aimed at proving French wines were superior to all others. But the Americans had a surprise. Read Full Article