Topic: Varietals-and-Wine-Styles

Sparkling Secrets of Dom Pérignon

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When Moët et Chandon tour guide Véronique Foureur was baptized as a baby in the Champagne region of France she, like all other Champagnois children, was a given her first few drops


Méthode “Home-penoise”

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In Champagne, the French make bubbly using the méthode Champenoise. In your home, use this method.

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Riesling Lessons of the Mosel Masters

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German wines, particularly great German Rieslings, are unlike any other wines in the world, with unmatched fruit intensity, striking minerality and remarkable aging potential. Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked, and soon the

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Making Port-Style Wine Kits

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“Port is not for the very young, the vain and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and the philosopher.” – Evelyn Waugh Drinking Port can


French Colombard: Varietal Focus

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Fresh, floral, citrus flavors with crisp acidity at a value price are the benchmarks for Colombard (pronounced Cole-um-bar or kahl-um-BARRD). It was the most widely planted white grape vine in California until


Norton Grapes: An American Original

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Learn about Norton grapes, an American original, plus how to make Norton wine.


True Champagne: Tips from the Pros

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Two professional Champagne-makers share their secrets for home winemakers.

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A Rosé by any Other Name

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In 1963, I first experienced the romance of wine in the form of a basket-covered Chianti bottle stuffed with a candle and covered in dripping wax. It sat on a red and


Fruit Port

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Port wines are steeped in history and date back to sometime in the 17th century. It is said that a partnership between the British and Portugal and a shortage of wine from


Concord: Varietal Focus

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Just about everyone, wine consumer and abstainer alike, knows the name Concord. It may have been the first sip of wine to pass the lips of many beginner wine drinkers. Over 300,000


Cool Refreshing Riesling

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In her exhaustive survey of grapes and grapegrowing, “Vines, Grapes and Wines,” Jancis Robinson ends the chapter on Riesling with a summary that’s all-too-true: “Unbeatable quality; indisputably aristocratic. Ludicrously unfashionable.” Recognized by


Super Syrah!

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 Syrah can do well in a wide variety of climates and produces wine in a number of styles, from drink-it-today fruity to structured and age-worthy. Syrah also blends well with Rhône varieties,


Pinot Noir: Varietal Focus

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Pinot at a Glance Pinot Noir is a heralded red table wine. It is usually made in a dry style that features delicate fruit aromas and flavors. The wine typically has a


Luscious Port Wine

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Learn to make your own Port-style wine at home.


Gewurztraminer: Varietal Focus

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Like the proverbial little girl with the curl, when it’s good, Gewürztraminer is very good; but when it’s bad, it’s awful. This noble white variety with the pinkish grapes can produce spectacular


Grenache: Varietal Focus

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In Spain, where many historians claim the variety originated, this versatile grape is called Garnacha. The rest of the world calls it Grenache … and home winemakers call it a great grape


Marechal Foch

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Marechal Foch, named after a famous French general in the First World War, has proven to be a worthwhile red grape variety for many colder regions of the world. Technically identified as


The ABCs of Making Z

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It’s difficult to walk through a wine aisle in the supermarket, or to browse through the kit section in your favorite winemaking store, without coming across a wide selection of Zinfandels. Red,


Riesling: Varietal Focus

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A phrase we’ve often heard in recent years is, “A. B. C. — anything but Chardonnay.”  As many consumers set down the Chard and start searching for alternative white wines — and

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Seyval Blanc: Varietal Focus

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The Seyval Blanc (Seyve-Villard 5276), a cold-climate white grape variety, is the leading choice for many winemakers who live in the chilly eastern and northern regions of North America. This hardy varietal

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Sauvignon Blanc: Varietal Focus

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During the mid 1980s in New Zealand, when the Cloudy Bay Winery captured the attention of the world marketplace with its version of Sauvignon Blanc, a new era was born. Today, many


Zinfandel: Varietal Focus

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Learn about Zinfandel and find instructions to make Zin in three different wine styles.


How is Fume Blanc made? I would like to make some at home!

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Dear Wine Wizard, I have a 2003 Chardonnay aging in my garage. I have about 65 gallons, which I initially fermented at about 40 degrees F (4 degrees C) for four months

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Great Gewurztraminer from Grapes

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Why make a wine you can’t even pronounce? If you’ve ever tasted a Gewürztraminer, you already know the answer. At its finest, this most distinctive white wine has an exotic, spicy flavor

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All Hail Cabs!

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Most winegrowers and connoisseurs consider Cabernet Sauvignon the king of the red wines. Genetically, its parents are Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. The exact birth of Cabernet Sauvignon is lost in legend,


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