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

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

Zinfandel is a vitis vinifera red wine grape that produces deep robust wines, most famously from California. You’ll find my most recent Zinfandel reviews and ratings here. Surprising Facts about Zinfandel: 1. Zinfandel’s high sugar content means it can be fermented into highly alcoholic wines sometimes in excess of 15%.  Zinfandel is generally early ripening as compared to other grapes and grows in very tight bunches. These tight bunches are prone to bunch rot and uneven ripening. Zinfandel grows best in warm climates but there is cool climate Zinfandel. 2. The origin of Zinfandel seems to be Croatia where Zinfandel... learn more  

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Panettone Brie Tower Recipe Paired with Merlot Wine

Panettone Brie Tower Recipe Paired with Merlot Wine

Panettone Brie Tower The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Holiday Entertaining Made Easy Can you feel that? It feels like the holidays are here. There is an exuberant amount of energy that surrounds us as people rush to finish last-minute shopping and prepare for their upcoming family festivities. It’s an exciting time of the year, and one that calls for a recipe that’s packed with pleasure and deliciously creamy Canadian Brie. Hopefully, this simply delicious recipe for Panettone Brie Tower will be the perfect little dinner party dessert idea. If you’re not familiar with Panettone, it’s a traditional Italian cake... 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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How Sweet is My Wine? What do Sugar Codes Mean for Wine?

How Sweet is My Wine? What do Sugar Codes Mean for Wine?

How sweet is your wine? Have you ever wondered what those sugar codes mean on the liquor store shelf? There are several different sweetness charts and coding systems on the market, but they’re not that far apart from each other in describing the residual sugar level in wine. I believe that it’s critical to list the sweetness level of a wine with every review that I write to give more information about each wine to my readers, some of whom look for a bone-dry wine while others have a sweet tooth. Posting the sugar codes are also vital for health... learn more  

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A full-bodied, mouth-filling white wine blend from the Rhone Valley that offers excellent value. Pair with roast chicken or turkey....

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Crisp, dry and fresh with a lemon-lime lift through the core of this California Sauvignon Banc. Robert Mondavi devised the name Fume Blanc for Sauvignon Blanc. Very deft/light use of oak preserves the refreshment of this wine and its versatility with food. This wine is mostly Sauvignon Blanc and with a splash of Semillon. Sixty percent of the wine is barrel fermented, and then it's all aged on its own yeast (sûr lie) in French oak for 9 months to add extra richness, creaminess and lovely dimension. The grapes are grown in the Stags Leap and Oakville vineyards. Try this wine with pasta or seafood in a cream sauce....

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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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