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California's other wine countries

Everybody knows the justifiably famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys. If you're looking to take the next step, venture into California’s less-famous wine regions, where family-owned wineries welcome novices and experts alike, and tasting fees are low to non-existent. Most of these well-hidden wine …

20 red wines for Christmas

Reds under £10<p><b>Morrisons Signature Côtes du Rhône Villages Séguret, France 2011</b> (£5.99, Morrisons)<br>A cut-price alternative to overpriced Châteauneuf-du-Pape produced by the local co-operative in the village of Séguret in the southern Rhône, this classic grenache-syrah blend is just excellent value, …

Ask A Sommelier: What's the Best Wine for Pizza?

GalleryAsk A Sommelier: What's the Best Wine for Pizza?<p>How do you make pizza—a near-perfect food—even better? By drinking the right wine with it. If you think of wine as a sauce for your food, you'll want to make sure it's a sauce that works with the dish: complementing the earthy flavors of …

Ten wine apps to help you buy the perfect bottle

When it comes to wine apps, the Americans are miles ahead of us. Having spent several hours scrolling through the vinous offerings in the Android and Apple stores, it seems that roughly 90% of wine apps have been created by US developers with American users in mind. Perhaps not surprising when you …

How To Buy A Decent Bottle Of Wine For Under £10

Most of us know so little about wine that we just grab the best-looking bottle on offer in the supermarket, without knowing whether it will be any …

High on Wine in New Zealand

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>I love <b>New Zealand</b>: small, manageable, mountainous, trout-dense, agricultural, hospitable.<p>I took part in an extraordinary blind tasting here of Pinot Noirs from four continents, and the good news for everybody (except maybe the Burgundians) is that New Zealand’s lot surpassed …

A Country-By-Country Wine Lover's Guide To Europe

Ever need a crash course on what to drink with what to eat? Especially while you're traveling in, say, Italy, amongst some of the world's most famous (and fabulous) vineyards?<p>Look no further. Here's your go-to guide for European wines thanks to CheapFlights.<p>A Wine Lovers Guide to Europe …

Wine Startups Harness The Cloud To Bring Cabernet To The Clueless

Millennials are confused by wine, apparently. The thousands-of-years-old practice of fermenting grapes and putting it into bottles needs to be completely re-imagined for the ever-connected and social-media-obsessed ‘Amazon Prime generation.’ This demographic, loosely characterized as aged 22 – 32, …

Sparkling wine: decoding the labels

By Dave McIntyre<p>Dave McIntyre<p>Bio Follow<p><i>A previous version of this column incorrectly stated that the sparkling-wine label notations “extra brut” and “extra dry” both mean not so dry. In fact, “extra dry” is sweeter than brut, while “extra brut” is drier.</i><p>Sparkling wine could grace my table every …

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How Does Wine Affect My Esophagus? Insights On Marketing In China

Imagine you’re a wine producer in Portugal. You’ve come across a supply of 150-year-old Port wine. You choose to export this unique product to Asia, where demand is high for niche, luxury goods. You bottle a very limited quantity and export it via your enthusiastic buyer in China, who has exclusive …

Dessert Wine Win: Vote for Pedro... Ximenez

<b>Note from the author:</b> There are 1,368 varieties covered in <i>Wine Grapes</i> by MW Jancis Robinson, MW Julia Harding, and Dr. Jose Vouillamoz. Let's try them all.<p>I'll be honest with you. I didn't know anyone who loved Pedro Ximenez. Poor Pedro Ximenez. Even Jancis, Julia, and Jose, the trio of Masters of …