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Ever felt awkward when ordering wine at a restaurant? Ever walked into a wine store and had no idea where to begin, what to buy or how much to pay?

Ever looked at a European wine label and wondered what’s in there? Then Wine-Flair.com is just for you. It’s all about wine education and appreciation, written in plain language.

Wine Tasting: You’re as Good as an Expert

I built this website to help you de-mystify the world of wine, so that you can try new stuff at your local retailer, or order confidently in a restaurant. And this little article should also give you some gumption when you attend your first, or 20th, wine tasting. So –

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A Little Bit About Burgundy: Great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

France, and specifically Bourgogne, what we in the great USA call Burgundy, is where the world’s best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are grown. And I say “grown” because Burgundy is all about the vineyard rather than the chateau or winery. Not to say that there aren’t some excellent Pinots and

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A Trip to Chile…in Manhattan

At a lunch last week hosted by Cooking by the Book , I was reminded why I like Chilean wine so much.  Or at least I was reminded that I like Chilean wine so much.  And I was also reminded that wine and food “matching”  (as wine writer Randy Caparoso likes

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Wine of the Week: Banfi Chianti Superiore DOCG 2012

This Chianti, mostly from the Sangiovese grape, is a classified wine, and the DOCG means Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita.  That ought to mean something but it doesn’t mean all that much. Still, this is a very nice bottle of wine, especially for 11 bucks, which is about what

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Wine of the Week: Avante Mencia 2009

Spain grows great wines—Grenache and Carignane from Priorat, Tempranillo from Rioja and Ribero del Duero, and Albarino from Rias Biaxas to name a few. But Mencia is a grape you’ve probably never tasted and maybe never even heard of.  This 100% Mencia is from the large Castilla y Leon region, but

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The latest, outrageous #wine #fraud comes from Zhangzhou, #China, where cops seized 40,000 bottles of falsely-labeled wine and counterfeiting gear, including bottles labeled as #ChâteauLafiteRothschild and Australia's @penfolds. https://www.winespectator.com/articles/counterfeit-lafite-penfolds-seized-in-150-million-fake-wine-bust

There's a reason why gas and diesel still costs what it does: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/25/chevron-announces-75-billion-stock-buyback-dividend-boost.html

If you owned a #winery, would you hire an investment banker to make your wine? #Sonoma winery @HirschVineyards did--with nepotism, too--and it's working out great! @Esther_mobley gives us the story: https://www.sfchronicle.com/food/wine/article/jasmine-hirsch-winemaker-17743972.php

Not a bad list of #wine #trends, although some observers say #millennials and #GenZ-ers aren't taking to it the way Boomers and #GenX did: https://www.wine-business-international.com/wine/analysis/seven-wine-trends-watch

.@EricAsimov of @nytimes says American #Wine industry has an old people problem; I think it has a young people problem! Cites State of the Wine Industry 2023: more choices, poor #marketing, and need to message sustainability and social responsibility. https://nyti.ms/3Rr8qA1

More people-especially younger ones-are choosing to cut down or give up #alcohol entirely. Reasons are many, including health, safety, focus, less peer pressure. But some say alcohol "turns down" the pre-frontal cortex and increases creativity. Read more! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/jan/15/last-orders-how-we-fell-out-of-love-with-alcohol?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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