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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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This #delonghi “Magnifica” isn’t; it’s just become a #doorstop again. Doesn’t ANYone make a #coffee appliance that doesn’t fail?

#ClimateCrisis and #globalwarming are changing viniculture everywhere. What #wine grapes will producers be growing in just 5 or 10 years? Where? How will winemaking have to change? https://knowablemagazine.org/article/food-environment/2022/climate-change-altering-chemistry-wine

Wine Media Is Broken: A Case Study - (It’s not broken. It’s corrupt) https://www.everydaydrinking.com/p/wine-media-is-broken-a-case-study

#NJ just issued a ruling that allows 3rd-party delivery --e.g. #DoorDash, #Instacart, and #Amazon Flex to deliver alcoholic beverages, including cocktails, from restaurants, bars, and liquor stores to customers’ door! https://tinyurl.com/mv5b3cvu

I've had way too many #restaurant experiences ruined by a #noise level that made it impossible to share a conversation, and was downright dangerous to one's #hearing. It's a trend, and a very bad one. @TheAtlantic lays out the why and how: https://tinyurl.com/2p9dnk94

#Sauvignon Blanc ranges from the #NewZealand style-grapefruity, herbaceous, and bracing, to #France's Loire style-greenfruity, ageworthy and rich. In between? SB from Chile! https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2022/08/chilean-whites-bring-coastal-chill

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