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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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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