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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.

Valentine’s Day Bubbly

It’s been my mission to make Champagne and sparkling wine something not-too-special. And by that I mean that it’s so good, you won’t—and shouldn’t—wait for some “special” occasion or holiday to drink it! Having said that, I DO recommend that you pop open a bottle for Valentine’s Day. It’s the

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Prosecco for 2014!

New Year’s Eve is always a great occasion to enjoy some sparkling wine—of course any night is. And it’s a good time to try some things beyond Champagne, such as Cava, or perhaps Prosecco.

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Cava…is Cool

Sparkling wine is viewed all too often as a luxury, a “wedding wine,” or something to be saved for a special occasion.  What’s wrong with Friday night?  Or after work on Tuesday?  After all, sparkling wine, including Champagne, is just “still” wine, (literally) that has just been fermented twice. And

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Tuscany Comes to Soho

The world of Italian wine might be more complex and mystifying to most Americans than any other wine region, including France or Spain. Yet it’s only been the last 25 years or so that Italian wines have really taken off here, due in large part to a couple things—one, a

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Last Wine of Summer: Banfi Tuscany Centine Rose 2012

There’s a chill in the air and it’s probably time for many if not most people to break out some reds. But maybe one last bottle of Rose will go down nicely, sitting on the deck after a football game this weekend.  Just got a bottle of Banfi’s Centine (Chen-teen-eh)

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The “A.P.” Number on German Wine

German wines carry an “A.P. number,” which can give you a lot of information if you’re so inclined to parse the number and do the research. Frankly, I’m not. But if you must know, the AP number is like an Internet IP address, but with five sets of numbers rather than

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Like to Cork…or Screw (cap)?

People ask me all the time about screwcaps on wine. Now, most people don’t think much about the science of wine; they just want to know one thing: can a bottle of wine with a screwcap be any good? Simple answer? Yep. Lots of really good wines today are closed

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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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