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10 Best Carignan Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Carignan

10 Best Carignan Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Carignan

It’s hard to imagine that the Carignan grape used to play such a big role in France’s wine history, yet most wine drinkers have never heard of Carignan. Today, this red wine grape is mostly used as a blending wine, known for its rich dark color. You’ll find my Top 10 Carignan reviews and ratings here. 5 Surprising Facts about Carignan: 1. In France, Carignan was the most planted grape variety from the 1960s to 2000.  In fact, in the late 90s there were more than 150,000 acres of Carignan vines planted in France. 2. Why so popular?  Two words: large... learn more  

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Warm Cheddar Pretzels Recipe Paired with Merlot

Warm Cheddar Pretzels Recipe Paired with Merlot

Cheddar Pretzels Find Comfort in the Cold And just like that, the holidays are over; they’re gone as fast as they came. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing else to look forward to this winter. It may be cold and snowy, but that means you can have fun sledding in the park and skiing. And the best part about that is: you get to have some après-skiing snacks. Like this yummy recipe for Cheddar Pretzels. They’re easy to make, and so, so delicious. Made with Canadian Medium Cheddar, they are the perfect salty, sharp, and savoury snack to warm you... learn more  

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Wine's Finest Moments in the Movies ...

Wine's Finest Moments in the Movies

We chat about how Hollywood's most memorable characters, from James Bond to Hannibal Lector, have always had a little help from the wine bottle. How wine is portrayed in the movies is often revealing about our wine culture. Sit back, open a good bottle and ... learn more  

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Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2012

Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2012

This is what elegance and restraint tastes like from Australia: French grammar school, Australian graduate studies by the consummate gentleman winemaker Peter Gago. This wine was matured for a year in French oak, 26% of which was new. Lovely aromas of mint ... learn more  

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Box Wine: Good or Grim? How to Drink Inside the Box

Box Wine: Good or Grim? How to Drink Inside the Box

“Where do you keep your boxed wine?” I ask the liquor store clerk, brushing away the loose strands of the auburn wig from my face. “You mean the two bottles of wine we sell in the gift box?” she asks, peering into my dark sunglasses. “No, the stuff that comes as a bag in the box,” I snap back. (I’ll throw away pretension, but not my reputation.) “Ah, follow me” she says, taking me to the back section that has the same social approval as where they keep the adult flicks in video stores. In 1967, an Australian invented the... learn more  

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Mint and blackberry aromas on the nose, with a laser-like focus and cleanness on the palate: well-structured and balanced, not flabby. Terrific winemaking here. Loaded with dark fruit depths and concentration of flavour. Smart use and integration of oak, with this wine having spent 18 months in barrel. A great wine for both proposals and sealed deals! This full-bodied red wine pairs well with lamb....

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This blockbuster Australian red wine is big and bold with tarry black fruit and lots of toasty oak. Black pepper finish. Pair with grilled meats. Despite being a heavyweight, this wine is also balanced and offers great layering of flavour and complexity. Polished tannins and a velvet mouth-feel. The lackey is a person who is treated as a servant and rarely gets paid what he or she is worth. Presumably this wine is underpriced and works hard as well. Points for trying hard....

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In my ongoing quest to find the world's best bargain bottles, I select new wines weekly that represent the best value under $20. These are wines that taste twice as expensive as they cost ...

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