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

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

Barbera is both the name of a grape and of the red wine it produces. Its ancestral home is in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, from the vineyards around the towns of Asti, Alexandria and Casale Monferrato. You’ll find my Top 10 Barbera reviews and ratings here. 5 Surprising Facts about Barbera: 1. Unlike Barolo and Barberesco, Barbera is not considered a classic grape. It is Italy’s most common red grape. 2. In 1985 Barbera producers added methanol to their wines. Thirty people died as a result, and many were left with affected sight including blindness. The fallout from bad... learn more  

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Recipe: Blue Cheese Hamburger with Red Wine Pairing

Recipe: Blue Cheese Hamburger with Red Wine Pairing

In celebration of National Hamburger Day, pair this savoury recipe for Blue Cheese Hamburger with the full-bodied red wine, such as Shiraz, Cabernet or Malbec. Please feel free to share this on social media with the hashtag #nationalburgerday Prep time: 30 minutes Total time, including cooking: 2 hours and 30 minutes Serves: 6 Ingredients: 1.5 pounds of lean ground beef 2 ounces of crumbled blue cheese ¼ cup of minced fresh chives 1/8 teaspoon of hot pepper sauce ½ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce ½ teaspoon of coarsely-ground black pepper ¾ teaspoon of salt ½ teaspoon of dry mustard 6 hamburger buns   Directions:... 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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Getting Graphic with Wine and Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly

Getting Graphic with Wine and Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly

Would you like to learn more about wine regions, but find it difficult to keep them all straight? We know that tasting wine is a great way to learn about it, but did you know that the power of visuals can really accelerate your learning? That’s exactly what we’re going to learn tonight with our guest who joins me live from Seattle. Our guest this evening is Madeline Puckette, author of the New York times best-selling book Wine Folly! Click on the arrow above to watch the video. P.S. Join us Sunday November 5, at 6 pm eastern with Dr.... learn more  

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Attractive baked fruit on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, layered Spanish red wine. The grapes for this wine are sourced from low-yield vines, which results in a deeper, darker concentration in the flavour of the grapes and final wine. The winery is located inland in southeastern Spain: Jumilla is actually a semi-desert with a continental climate that produces very intense red wines....

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A lovely, mature rose Champagne from one of the region's most respected producers. Aromas of field berries and dried flowers with some cherry on the finish. Enjoy as an aperitif or companion to salmon. MINE: The 2006 vintage of the Brut Rosé Grand Vintage is a robust rosé Champagne with tremendous balance the structure. The Grand Vintage Rosé is a blend of 47% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier grapes. There was 23% still Pinot Noir in the blend to add richness. The dosage was 5 grams per litre. OTHER: Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 93/100 with the following review: Pretty in pink with a flare for the dramatic. A backbone of strawberry and raspberry with some toast and jam on the side. A little perfume emits via the bubbles that tickle your nose. Perfect aperitif or try it with pigeon breast in Reims. I did! Tasted: March 6, 2016 in Reims, France Restaurant Le Parc des Crayeres. OTHER: Hints of honey and toast enrich flavors of crushed black cherry, raspberry, singed orange peel, mineral and licorice snap in this bright, spiced rosé. Shows lovely integration. Vibrant acidity drives the lingering, smoky finish. Drink now through 2028. Score - 93 (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Nov. 30, 2016)....

Top 20 LCBO Wines Under $20

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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