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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 Clubs Whiz Out of the Woodwork

I don’t know about you, but a quick scroll down my Facebook page a moment ago brought up ads for no fewer than 13 online wineries or wine clubs: Buy Wines Online – Dry Farm Wines – Duckhorn Vineyards – Empathy – Firstleaf – Justin Vineyards & Winery – Last

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You Like Italy? Jump Over to Sicily!

Italy is (a) wine country. So of course, surely, you’ve heard the names of these wines and the (grapes) from which they’re made: Amarone (Corvino, Molinera, Rondinella), Barolo and Barbaresco (Nebbiolo), Barbero, Brunello (Sangiovese), Chianti (Sangiovese), Montepulciano, Negroamaro, and Primitivo (Zinfandel in California!). Less well-known but equally delectable white Italian

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A Meritage by Any Other Name…

California Cabernets, especially from Napa, are well known for their power, richness, tannin, high alcohol…and too often, astronomical price. Those in the “cult” category such as Screaming Eagle or Harlan Estate can fetch hundreds of dollars or more per bottle, and are difficult or impossible to get unless you’re a

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SLOW Wine? These Rosé Wines Will Convert you FAST.

When I received an invitation to the Slow Wine 2020 US Tour stop in New York City, I asked myself if I understood when “Slow” means with regard to wine. I didn’t. I still don’t. But I went to the show on February 24 and enjoyed a great seminar and

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A Barolo of Monkeys: Great Piedmont Wines

The Barolo region of Itlay’s Piedmont is home to one of the world’s most distinctive wines…and often one of its more expensive. There are 59 wine regions in Piedmont (Pee-ah-mon-tay) and it’s home to a lot more great red wines: Barbera, Brachetto, Dolcetto, Friesa, and Grignolia, but for my money,

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How Many Brunello Di Montalcinos are Enough?

On January 27 I spent a couple hours at NYC’s Gotham Hall at Broadway and 36th for Benvenuto Brunello, a grand tasting of Brunello Di Montalcino wines. Put on by The Consortium of the Brunello of Montalcino Wine, established in  1967 on the day that the region gained DOCG (Denominazione

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Many "#wine clubs" have popped up in the last 3 years, often driven by gimmicky #algorithm-based quizzes. Often their marketing tactics are aggressive, customer service lacking, and wines, well, less than decent. @nytimes looks at one: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/blog/winc-one-of-worst-wine-clubs-we-tested/

LOVE #DOGS? Well, the "Dogumentary" series THE CANINE CONDITION hits the screens today. Learn about what shelters, rescues, and kind people aross the #USA are doing for homeless doggos (and much more is needed): https://bit.ly/3djrQDm

I'm reading that #Cava, #Spain's answer to #Champagne, is working to upgrade its "reputation." May be, but I was tasting great Cava years ago: https://www.wine-flair.com/2013/10/04/cava-is-cool/

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