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Geek Factor

Beverage Media

How do you sell off-the-beaten path wines?

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Rebranding Gewürztraminer

Harpers Wine & Spirit

It worked for kale. Will it finally help wine drinkers appreciate the notoriously polarizing “spiced” Traminer?

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Greek to Me

Table Matters

I like obscure wines like xinomavro and agiorgitiko. And I don’t care what Robert Parker says.

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Vexing Viognier

Harpers Wine & Spirit

Whatever happened to viognier becoming the next big thing?

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Ein, Zweigelt, Drei

Table Matters

Austrian grapes like blaufränkisch, Sankt Laurent, and zweigelt are obscure, but lovable — and they make incredibly drinkable reds.

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On the Nose

The Smart Set

Can you learn to taste wine from a $130 kit? Well…

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Old Europe on the Cheap

Table Matters

When will consumers finally discover the value in Portuguese wines? I’ve been waiting for, oh, two decades.

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The First Taste

Table Matters

It wasn’t my first glass of wine, but a strange, rustic red was my first real wine experience. And it turns out I was entirely wrong about it.

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In The Pink

Harpers Wine & Spirit

Sales of rosé wine are exploding. The quality has never been better. So why are there still so many haters?

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A Modest Proposal

The Smart Set

Amid a Bordeaux backlash, does the world’s most famous wine region have anything for the 99 percent?

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The Sweet and the Dry

Table Matters

As another Summer of Riesling comes to a close, exploring the endless debate over sweet and dry riesling.

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Petite Sirah Deserves Some Love

Washington Post

Among wine people, it feels vaguely embarrassing to admit that you enjoy petite sirah. But why shouldn’t it get more love?

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Lust for Loire

Philly.com

Everyone’s been talking about Loire Valley wines for the past few years. So why don’t we see more on shelves?

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Port Authority

The Smart Set

Port makers want their U.S. market to grow, but you try selling delayed gratification to a bunch of Americans.

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Oh So Soave

Washington Post

How Soave is shedding its bad reputation to become one of Italy’s most interesting white wines.

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Southwest Exposure

Washington Post

The red wines of Southwest France aren’t well known. But you don’t have to be a wine geek to enjoy them.

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Motley Cru

Table Matters

Enough with the Beaujolais Nouveau already. This month, resist, and roll with the cru instead.