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Let's talk wine. Tasting notes and wine reviews from experts and casual wine lovers alike.

See why everyone’s talking about Portuguese red wines. (psst… you’ll want to make note of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.)

Move over custom-designed handbags, celebrity wines are having a moment! We’ve reviewed and ranked the top celebrity wines. Check out these refreshing, sometimes classy, and always fun wines of the stars.

How did Snoop Dogg’s Wine, Cali Red from 19 Crimes, hold up in our #gassstationwine tasting series? Read the review.

Is canned wine good, or just the latest gimmick forced on unsuspecting wine drinkers by a winemaking industry always hungry for new customers? Find out in this roundup of canned wine.

We all know and love Rosé as a perfect companion for a long summer day. But don’t sleep on these 6 great alternatives.

Never tried Icewine? After reading this you might be willing to start a fight over the last glass. Learn what it is, how it’s made, and which bottles you should start with.

Taste Wine Like A True Armchair Sommelier

Spice up your next party with our FREE wine tasting guide! Learn what to look, smell, and taste for while appreciating your favorite bottle. We’ve also included a printable tasting notes template and a tasting wheel.

What is Madeira and why did the founding fathers drink so darn much of it. Learn about the interesting place of Madera Wine in American history.

What’s the secret sauce that has made Apothic Red one of the best selling red wines in America?

From The Blog

champagne tasting

The One Where I Taste Not-Champagne*

There are two kinds of sparkling wine in this world.  Champagne and Not-Champagne.  Only Champagne is Champagne. Flashback:  There was a time in my life (back in my early 20s, when I knew everything), when I would have said...

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Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Notes: 2016

I have a love-hate relationship with Instagram.  I love seeing everyone’s photos, but I hate that I can’t use Instagram on my laptop.  Typing with my index finger on my phone, is so t-e-d-i-o-u-s. I mention this...

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blind tasting

Blind Tasting like a Master Somm. Sort of.

A few weeks ago, I attended a master-class seminar on blind tasting at RdV Vineyards here in Virginia.  Our guide for the afternoon was Jarad Slipp, Master Sommelier, and the Estate Director at RdV. We followed the Court of...

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Albariño tasting notes

Albariño Tasting: The End Of An Avalanche

I just finished an intensive tasting of Albariños, we tasted 13 different Albariños . . . an avalanche, if you will. I’ve been trying to distill the experience down to some basic, but important takeaways — what...

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The One with all the Albariños *

* Yes, I wrote this while watching a Friends marathon. This month on #WineStudio, we’ve been studying the wines of Rías Baixas, Spain.  Instead of our usual 4-week program, we’ve embarked on an ambitious 9-week program. The first four weeks of study were...

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Quilting with Wine Labels, No. 15

After 36 relentless hours of snow and w-i-n-d, the Blizzard of 2016 is over. Jonas is gone. We have an easy 2-1/2 feet of snow on the ground, and drifts of over 4 feet (when you talk...

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Quilting with Wine Labels, No. 14

A continuing series on wine labels, and the wines that wear them, under the macro lens. I love to take photos of pieces of things with my macro lens — pieces of wine labels seemed like a natural extension of that inclination....

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Quilting with Wine Labels, No. 13

A continuing macro-photography series on wine labels, and the wines that wear them. I love to take photos of pieces of things with my macro lens — pieces of wine labels seemed like a natural extension of that inclination.  It’s a lot...

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My Week in Wine Labels (6)

A continuing series on wine labels, and the wines that wear them, under the macro lens . . . I love to experiment, taking photos of pieces of wine labels with my macro lens.  It’s a lot of fun to see the colors,...

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My Week in Wine Labels (4)

A (hopefully) continuing series on wine labels, and the wines they adorn, under the macro lens . . . I’ve been experimenting lately, taking photos of pieces of wine labels with my macro lens.  It’s a lot of fun to see...

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