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Stunning Sea Life Captured by the University of Miami’s 2015 Underwater Photo Contest Winners

The winners of the 2015 Underwater Photography Contest hosted by the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science have just been announced! Since the contest's inception in 2005, each year the school invites amateur photographers from around the world to submit their …

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Best Napa Valley Wineries to Visit

The best Napa Valley wineries to visit feature a tasting room in a cave, artisanal cheese pairings, on-site sommeliers and more <i>—Megan Krigbaum (with</i> …

The Underdog American Wines that are Competing with the World's Best

F&W’s Ray Isle has become a convert to wines from once-unpromising states like Arizona. He pits the top bottles from “the new America” against …

Ugni Blanc in Michigan, Riesling by the Finger Lakes and What You'll Find at Manischewitz HQ

Turns out they do make wine in Michigan, and plenty of it, too.<p><i>Dan Dunn is taking an extensive road trip across America to research his forthcoming</i> …

Bringing Wine Country Living to South Carolina's Lowcountry

I grew up spending two weeks each summer going to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina with my family. The Lowcountry is a special place for me. Those summers were idyllic. I love the beauty of the marshes and the long, wide sandy beaches with sand dunes and sea oats. This is my second home (thanks …

A New View for Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley will be forever known as the winery that beat the French. Many people know the role that the winery's 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon played in bringing worldwide attention to America's premier wine country. This wine beat the best of the French Bordeaux in …

7 Under-The-Radar Wine Regions You Need to Visit

<i>By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/Chuck Abbe</i><p>Sure, everybody knows Napa, Bordeaux, and Tuscany. But if you want to really impress potential overnight guests (and the waiter), you'll need to up your oenophilic game beyond the usual suspects.<p>To help you do that, we've rounded up seven …

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Wine Tasting in the Finger Lakes: 7 Must-Visit Artisanal Wineries

Formed by the dramatic action of retreating glaciers about 10,000 years ago, the Finger Lakes, with their spectacular gorges and waterfalls, take visitors on a walk through geological time. Despite their proximity and great natural beauty, they somehow seem to remain one of New York State's …

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How Long it Really Takes to Chill a Bottle of Wine

F&W chilled red and white wines in the fridge, the freezer and an ice-water bath to determine exactly how long each method took to do the job.<p>F&W …

Virginia Wine Country Has a Chef Mega-Fan

Chef José Andrés can’t hide his enthusiasm: for soccer, grape shoots and the extraordinary potential of Virginia’s wine.<p>"People of America!” José …

Mastering My Mistakes in Wine

F&W's Dana Cowin reached out to Aldo Sohm, the phenomenal sommelier at New York City’s Le Bernardin and the upcoming Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, for some of …

Does Italian Food Really Pair Best with Italian Wine?

F&W’s Ray Isle finds out at a new cooking school in Puglia, where he compares the best local bottlings to a few New World ringers pulled discreetly …

An Italian White that Smells Like Fresh Herbs and Ripe Peaches

If you've ever struggled to identify the smell of herbs in wine, you should try an Insolia.<p><b>2012 Cusumano Angimbé:</b> If you've ever struggled to …

Napa Valley, Perfect Weekend Getaway

The recent 6.0 earthquake that shook the Napa Valley left in its wake $1 billion dollars worth of damages and lost revenue. Much of that lost revenue stems not from businesses that closed, but from the loss of valuables wines, and of course, the tourism industry. It seemed inevitable that visitors …

Reader Recs: World's Best Wine Regions

Travel<p>The best wine regions around the world, as recommended by the NatGeoTravel Facebook fans.<p>We recently asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their favorite places to enjoy a taste of vino around the globe. Their recommendations, from California to South Africa, are sure to inspire a …

Why I Teach My Kids About Wine

How do you talk to your kids about drinking when they regularly see you enjoying a glass of wine with dinner?<p>Most parents would rather avoid the subject until the tween/teen years. But as a trained sommelier/wine shop owner--and mother to two young boys--I've chosen to face the topic early, through …

8 Wine and Fish Pairings that Will Go Down Swimmingly

This week, we’ve revealed this easiest way to score and season fish, the top 6 fish cooking tips from chefs and the 10 best quick sauces for fish. …

Shenandoah Valley's Godfather of Barbera

Before moving to the California Gold Country, I had probably had Barbera wine two or three times. I enjoyed it, but aside from grabbing a bottle on sale at Whole Foods, I had no idea how to buy it or appreciate it.<p>These days I don't let out of town visitors leave without a trip to Shenandoah Valley …

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Don't Forget Bordeaux Blanc, A White Wine Essential

A dry white wine, as satisfying as any for the money, beckons wine lovers in shops and bistros around the world.<p>White Bordeaux, enjoying a resurgence in midwest markets, is in stock and perfect for the sunny days of summer.<p>Put aside the thoughts of another New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for a few …

How to Not Embarrass Yourself While Talking About Wine

If you've ever choked up at a restaurant when the sommelier asks if you've had a chance to look over the wine list, or developed an immediate vendetta against anyone who claims to be a "wine expert", then fear and hate no more. While your vino knowledge may be lacking, read up on these nine …

Joe Girardi Proving to Be One of MLB's Best Managers with 2014 Yankees

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi operates in a city that overrates athletes, coaches and executives on a routine basis. Yet, despite succeeding at a high level in the media capital of the world, the 49-year-old skipper doesn't get enough credit for just how valuable he is to the Yankees success.<p>…

2014 Preakness: Odds and Predictions for Top Favorites Among All Entries

After an exhilarating Kentucky Derby less than two weeks ago, it's almost time for the second round of the Triple Crown.<p>With the 2014 Preakness Stakes set to start on Saturday, the field is nearly set. Out of 14 horses ready to trot out at Pimlico, only one horse is garnering much of the attention …

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Kentucky Derby 2014 Betting Preview: California Chrome Top Pick

Favorite California Chrome looks to become the first California horse in a half century to beat the Kentucky Derby odds and win on the First Saturday in May.<p>The Kentucky Derby has been providing horse bettors with some big payoffs in recent years.<p>Will the 140th edition of the Run for the Roses, …