Welcome to Wine Flair!

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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Legendary #wine expert @JamesSuckling says something I've never heard before: "I have been tasting new barrel samples in France’s most famous wine area (#Bordeaux) for 39 years now and I have never encountered something like 2021. Amazing.
https://bit.ly/3welcIR

#ChinaLockdown, a 600% increase in container shipping costs, and even stranded #wine corks are hitting the wine industry hard: https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/supply-chain-bottlenecks-spoiling-napa-valley-wine-country

#Wine luminaries are offering in-person and #online fine and rare wine auctions in regular and large formats, dinner experiences, and winery tours to raise money for for victims of #RussianWarCrimes and @WCKitchen. https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/drinks-industry-ramps-up-efforts-to-raise-money-in-aid-of-ukraine-crisis-479869/

#BoxedWine is increasing in popularity, and ultra-premiums from #Napa are gaining traction with consumers and producers! https://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/article/industrynews/rise-of-california-north-coast-ultrapremium-boxed-wine/

Researchers at @dartmouth say they've written an algorithm that writes #wine reviews. They're not bad...but they have to scrape info and keywords from existing "people" reviews. #Software can't taste wine. Not yet, anyway. https://www.foodandwine.com/news/artificial-intelligence-sommelier-writes-wine-beer-reviews

Been there. Love them. Much prefer right-bank wines especially those from #StEmilion. https://twitter.com/jgreco/status/1521131937452249088

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