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The Black Wines of Cahors

In France, the South West wine region includes several disparate appellations situated south of, and inland from, Bordeaux. The most notable of these appellations are Cahors, Madiran, and Jurançon. The ‘black wines’ of Cahors, the spiritual home of the Malbec … Continue reading

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The Art of Food and Wine Matching

In many European wine regions, the wines and culinary traditions developed reciprocally such that the wines naturally pair with the regional fare. Many of these so-called ‘food wines’ can seem overly tart or tannic if drunk on their own, but … Continue reading

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A Short History of German Wine

Wine is mostly produced in the southwest of the country, along the River Rhine and its tributaries. The Romans founded Trier (Augusta Treverorum), modern Germany’s most ancient city, on the Mosel. In 370, Ausonius lauded the beauty of the region’s … Continue reading

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The History of Bordeaux Wine

The region of Bordeaux in Aquitaine lies around the confluence of the Rivers Garonne and Dordogne. This confluence gives rise to the Gironde estuary, the largest estuary in Europe, which flows northwest for some 65km (40m) before merging into the … Continue reading

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The History of Burgundy Wine

Antiquity The Celts were already making wine in Burgundy when the Romans conquered Gaul in 51 BC. To supply their soldiers and colonists, the Romans propagated the vine all along the east-facing slopes of the Saône river valley. After the … Continue reading

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Wine Blind Tasting Quiz

We thought we’d cap our six-part series on blind tasting with a fun blind tasting quiz. This is the very same quiz that we recently published in The Drinks Business. But this time, we include the answers at the bottom of the page. … Continue reading

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Wine Blind Tasting Guide Part 4: An Approach to Blind Tasting

Welcome to the fourth instalment in our six-part series on wine blind tasting. As a blind taster gathers increasing experience, he or she develops a memory bank of wine styles that makes identification faster and more instinctive. Even then, the … Continue reading

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