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A bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon wine

Cabernet Sauvignon 101: Your Complete Guide

Did you know that Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted red wine grape in the world? This beloved red wine is celebrated for its rich flavors and more. Known as the “King

Malbec Wines 101: Your Complete Guide

Are you a seasoned sommelier? Or perhaps a curious newcomer? Welcome, wine enthusiasts,to this exciting guide to Malbec wines.  Grab your corkscrews and prepare your palates for a thrilling ride packed with bold

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Spätburgunder: Germany’s Hidden Wine Gem

Spätburgunder, also known as Pinot Noir in other parts of the world, is a red wine grape variety prized for its elegance and complexity.  Although it’s relatively unheard of at the moment, I

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Pinot Noir: Your Complete Guide

Pinot Noir is one of the great grapes of the world. It’s incredibly expressive of the terroir, has the ability to age, and can be made in a wide range of styles, allowing

Spanish White Wine - Verdejo in Rueda

Spanish White Wine: A Refreshing Escape

Spanish white wines are like a refreshing breeze from the vineyards of the sun-kissed Iberian Peninsula.  Imagine sipping a glass of Albariño, Verdejo, or Godello – these are just a few gems in

Red wine being pulled from a barrel in Spain

Spanish Red Wine: Your Complete Guide

Spanish Red Wine Spanish red wines present a remarkable blend of quality and affordability. They’re a particularly distinctive entry into the realm of European red wines. You can find delicious fruit options for

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Spanish Wine: Types, Regions, & More

Let’s dive into the world of Spanish wine! Spain, a country known for its vibrant culture and rich history, has a wine tradition that dates back centuries.  From the lush vineyards of Rioja

Tempranillo Wine in a glass held by a hand

Tempranillo Wine: Your Complete Guide

What is Tempranillo Wine? Tempranillo is a type of red wine grape that originally comes from Spain. It’s a famous grape used to make some tasty wines. The name “Tempranillo” comes from the

Is Pinot Noir Sweet or Dry - Paige sipping Pinot Noir out of a wine bottle with a straw

Is Pinot Noir Sweet or Dry?

Is Pinot Noir Sweet or Dry? Unveiling the Secrets Behind this Elegant Red Wine If you’ve ever found yourself pondering the question “Is Pinot Noir sweet?”, you’re not alone. This captivating red wine,

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Exploring the World of Blue Wine: From Bottles to Hues

You’ve probably seen wines bottled in stunning cobalt blue glass, but have you seen blue wine? The strange and stunning color is unexpected and radically different from everything on the market, but you’ll

White merlot wine being poured into wine glass

White Merlot: An Unexpected Favorite

When it comes to the world of wine, you may have heard of Merlot, the celebrated red wine known for its smooth, velvety flavors. But have you ever ventured into the enchanting realm

Paige leaning on a truck drinking a glass of dry merlot wine

Is Merlot Sweet or Dry?

When it comes to the world of wine, there’s an incredible variety of options to explore. Among the red wines, Merlot often stands out as a popular choice. But is Merlot sweet, or

Paige surrounded by Merlot bottles, drinking red wine

Merlot 101: A Grape with a Story to Tell

Each October, I rejoice as the temperatures cool and leaves begin their transition into bright auburn colors – luscious reds, fiery oranges, golden yellows. Harvest comes to a close here in wine country

Should Chardonnay be chilled? Paige drinking chilled Chardonnay on patio with food pairing and sunflowers on table

Should Chardonnay Be Chilled?

Ah, Chardonnay – the queen of white wines. Its crisp and refreshing character makes it a favorite for many wine enthusiasts. But here’s the million-dollar question: should you chill your Chardonnay, and if

A glass of Chardonnay surrounded by vines

Chardonnay 101: Your Complete Guide

Everything you need to know about Chardonnay. Chardonnay is one of the most versatile and expressive grapes out there. It’s one of the first varietals that came into my awareness, thanks to an

A glass of unoaked Chardonnay next to a bottle on a kitchen counter. A couple stands in the background

Unoaked Chardonnay: Crisp and Unforgettable

If you’re new to the world of white wines, you might have heard the term “unoaked Chardonnay” thrown around. But what does it mean, and why is it making waves in the wine

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Is Chardonnay Sweet or Dry?

Is Chardonnay Dry, Sweet, or Somewhere in Between? Unraveling the Chardonnay Mystery Chardonnay, the quintessential dry white wine, often finds itself at the center of a taste debate: Is Chardonnay sweet, is it