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.

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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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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A sense of place…in #wines from two places, 7500 miles distant…https://www-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/06/18/dining/drinks/wine-of-the-world-penfolds.amp.html

An interesting perspective from @timatkin--#wine (to a point) makes you more #creative? https://mailchi.mp/timatkin.com/does-wine-make-you-more-creative

Just realized that @OpenTable erased 6,700 points of mine back in April, for no reason. They make #frequentflyer programs look generous. And the App is down right now. #unhappycustomer #fail #PutMyPointsBack

Resolving the @Airbus and @Boeing dispute over commercial #airliner subsidies is good for #EU #wine exporters and US retailers and importers: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/17/1007493979/wine-industry-benefits-from-resolution-of-the-airbus-boeing-trade-dispute

Someone asked about a #winery to visit in #Stellenbosch? Try @MulderboschV and its #CabernetOfRose! https://mulderbosch.co.za/portfolio-items/cabernet-sauvignon-rose/

Dr. Kenechukwu Mezue: "There is a benefit for #cardiovascular disease when #drinking moderately." #wine #hearthealth #stressrelief https://www.winespectator.com/articles/is-that-glass-of-wine-good-for-your-mind-and-heart

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