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How much wine?

What's a Jeroboam? What's a Rehoboam? How much wine does an acre of vines produce?
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Acte 12 of 1619

The Roots of American Wine

Wine and democracy grew up together in the New World. In fact, so hostile were the fresh waters of Virginia to the first English settlers that they had no choice but to turn them into beer and wine.
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The Blind Can't Lead the Blind Tasting

The Blind Can't Lead the Blind Tasting

Claims of rigid impartiality when it comes to wine tasting don't really stand up, Oliver Styles maintains.
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Top 10 Wine Trends of 2018

The Top 10 Wine Trends of 2018

From emerging wine regions to canned wines taking off, here are the top trends and news stories that most impacted the industry in 2018.
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Wine in America

Scratching the Surface of Wine in America

I was busy this winter speaking at national and regional wine industry gatherings here in the United States: the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento (the western hemisphere’s largest wine industry meeting) and smaller but equally ambitious wine business meetings in Colorado, Idaho, and Washington State.
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Tasting Room Etiquette

The Unwritten Rules of Tasting Room Etiquette

Showing up in a party bus, making faces after sampling a wine or bragging about your 4,000-bottle cellar will not put you in the good graces of any winery. Here are tips on how to avoid the most irksome tasting room behavior.
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Winery Visit

15 Steps to a Successful Winery Visit

Winemakers and winery owners are among the world’s most charming and interesting people, and they often give away samples of their art for free. Why wouldn’t you go? If you do, here are some tips on how to visit wineries, with some suggestions for winery etiquette.
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How to Taste Wine

How to Taste Wine

Learn how to taste and evaluate a glass of wine like an expert by following our wine tasting tips. First step? Find out the right environment for tasting.
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Roots of Virginia Wine

The Roots of Virginia Wine

From tales of mountain music on the Crooked Road, to stories of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith, to the founding fathers and historic moments that have shaped our country. In Virginia, our roots run deep.
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Wine and Food Pairings

Wine and Food Pairings

Pairing wines and food is too often stressed about (and debated). True, in these days we no longer abide by rules like “ONLY white with fish” (ever had a coriander and coffee encrusted ahi with Syrah? Amazing!) but we are often confused about how to pair certain flavors and elements of a dish. The following are some guidelines for pairing a few common wines.
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The Judgment of Paris

Great Moments in Wine History: The Judgment of Paris

For most of the 20th century, nothing from nowhere could beat the wines of France. The 1976 Judgment of Paris wine tasting changed all that. In one fell swoop, two California wines soundly beat the best France had to offer, and the reverberations of that tasting can still be felt today.
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What’s the Difference Between Dry Wine and Sweet Wine?

One of the first things a sommelier attempts to determine during a deductive wine tasting is the sweetness level of the wine he or she is drinking. At the most basic level of its classification, a wine is typically placed in either a dry or sweet category.
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