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.

What’s in a Wine Word?

 The world of wine has a lot of terms, and an awful lot of them aren’t too familiar even among frequent wine drinkers. Some are downright silly.  Some are helpful. But in any event, I’ve built a pretty extensive wine glossary to help you unravel the mystery…and to find it, go

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The Organic Contessa

It’s always great fun to meet with a winemaker.  And it’s especially fun when the winemaker is a woman—in a somewhat-still male dominated field—and when she’s also an owner of an estate that goes back well more than a thousand years.  And she’s a Contessa! So I was very much looking forward to a

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Eye On Iberia!

I recently had the pleasure of tasting a bunch of Spanish wines, courtesy of Wines from Spain USA.  More Americans are drinking Spanish wine these days as far as I can tell just from what I’m served in friends’ houses, what I see on wine store shelves, and what people

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Happy Birthday United States Marines!

   The United States Marine Corps Celebrates its 239th birthday today, November 10, 2014   As we enjoy our freedoms and a lifestyle envied the world over, please remember that U.S. Marines are fighting and dying in wars that our nation sent them to fight.     The Original Resolution of

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Wine Term(s) of the Week: Spain

The Spanish take their wine aging very seriously–they are truly concerned with not releasing a wine “before its time.”  So much so that they’ve written it into their wine laws: A Spanish quality wine labeled Crianza (red wine) must be aged a minimum of 2 years, with at least six

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Stellenbosch Vineyards: South Africa Comes Out to Play

South Africa is one of those wine regions that a lot of people have heard about, but few people–too few, anyway—have taken the time to discover and explore its wines.  I’m a little bit in that category; I’ve tasted some of its stuff from time to time, particularly Chenin Blanc,

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Italy’s Wonderful Whites

When you think of Italian wine—and I’m just guessing here—you probably think of reds. Dr. Hannibal Lecter aside, Chianti is the wine everyone knows best, made from Sangiovese grapes grown in Tuscany, and it’s a truly great food wine.  Amarone, one of my favorites, is lush and powerful, with a

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Iberian Wine for 2015!

I recently had the pleasure of tasting a bunch of Spanish wines, courtesy of Wines from Spain USA. More Americans are drinking Spanish wine these days as far as I can tell just from what I’m served in friends’ houses, what I see on wine store shelves, and what people

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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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