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How to read a French wine label

How to Decode a French Wine Label

Raise your hand if you’ve ever chosen a wine based on its label art. Yup, we thought so (and, for the record, we have too). There’s so much information to process on any given label that it’s normal to feel your eyes glaze over and your hand reach for the most eye-catching bottle. And when […]

Region in Focus: Burgundy

Region in Focus: Burgundy

Burgundy is home to some of the best, most terroir-driven wines in the world. It was here, actually, that the concept of terroir was born; in the Middle Ages, Benedictine and Cistercian monks—the region’s first vignerons—studied and documented nuances in the soil. Burgundy’s prestigious bottles command high prices, and producers are fiercely protective of the […]

old vines do produce better wines.

Do Old Vines Produce Better Wine?

When it comes to wine, old age has cachet. Bottles from centuries past are among the world’s most sought-after, but it’s also widely and wrongly assumed that all vino gets better with age. What about old vines or vieilles vignes? Is there any truth to the saying, “The older the vine, the better the wine?”  Before […]

wine descriptors can be helpful when identifying wine.

Weird Wine Descriptors and What They Mean

Silky. Wooly. Velvety. Ever wonder why wine professionals describe wine like they would the contents of a sock drawer? It’s not winesplaining, it’s somm-speak, and it’s a useful language to know when tasting or purchasing wine. Incorporating zany descriptors like these into your vocabulary can help you remember distinctive flavors and more readily identify what […]

the best questions to ask a winemaker

The Best Questions to Ask a Winemaker

Winemakers can be an elusive bunch. So on the rare occasion that you get face time with a vigneron during a tour or tasting, it’s normal to feel a little tongue-tied. But don’t let the intimidation factor hold you back—most producers are thrilled to field questions and share their passion. Plus, the more questions you […]

The Best Way to Learn About Wine

Let’s face it: diving into the world of wine can be overwhelming. With so much information out there, it’s difficult to know where to start and what to focus on. Should you home in on one region? Enroll in a WSET course? Blow your budget on a “research” trip to Burgundy? We put these questions […]

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How to read a French wine label

How to Decode a French Wine Label

Raise your hand if you’ve ever chosen a wine based on its label art. Yup, we thought so (and, for the record, we have too). There’s so much information to

Abbe Baker

Abbe Baker

June 24, 2021 | 4 mins read
Region in Focus: Burgundy

Region in Focus: Burgundy

Burgundy is home to some of the best, most terroir-driven wines in the world. It was here, actually, that the concept of terroir was born; in the Middle Ages, Benedictine

VIVANT

VIVANT

June 23, 2021 | 6 mins read
old vines do produce better wines.

Do Old Vines Produce Better Wine?

When it comes to wine, old age has cachet. Bottles from centuries past are among the world’s most sought-after, but it’s also widely and wrongly assumed that all vino gets better

Marie-Charlotte Bernard

Marie-Charlotte Bernard

June 18, 2021 | 2 mins read
wine descriptors can be helpful when identifying wine.

Weird Wine Descriptors and What They Mean

Silky. Wooly. Velvety. Ever wonder why wine professionals describe wine like they would the contents of a sock drawer? It’s not winesplaining, it’s somm-speak, and it’s a useful language to

Kristy Alpert

Kristy Alpert

June 18, 2021 | 3 mins read
the best questions to ask a winemaker

The Best Questions to Ask a Winemaker

Winemakers can be an elusive bunch. So on the rare occasion that you get face time with a vigneron during a tour or tasting, it’s normal to feel a little

Siobhan Reid

Siobhan Reid

June 17, 2021 | 2 mins read

The Best Way to Learn About Wine

Let’s face it: diving into the world of wine can be overwhelming. With so much information out there, it’s difficult to know where to start and what to focus on.

Stephanie Roush

Stephanie Roush

June 15, 2021 | 2 mins read
A wine appellation

What Is an Appellation?

Each of us is shaped by the place we’re from—and wine is no different. The origin of a wine tells you what you can expect from a bottle, from taste

Nicole Ruiz Hudson

Nicole Ruiz Hudson

June 10, 2021 | 3 mins read
Does your wine have sulfites in it?

Are Sulfites Bad for You?

Over the years, sulfites have become an antagonist in the world of wine: from headaches to hangovers, the preservative compound has taken the blame for a wide range of bodily

Hannah Rose

Hannah Rose

June 2, 2021 | 4 mins read
Orange wine is known for its versatility with different foods.

What to Know About Orange Wine

The adage “what’s old is new again” holds true when it comes to orange wine. The ancient wine style is trending after dipping into relative obscurity over the past century.

Siobhan Reid

Siobhan Reid

May 28, 2021 | 2 mins read
Château Haut-Bages Libéral vineyard in Bordeaux, France

Region in Focus: Bordeaux

Think of Bordeaux as the grandparent of the wine world. The French region has a storied history going back centuries, and to this day is grounded in traditions that have

VIVANT

VIVANT

May 21, 2021 | 6 mins read
Rain in the spring and at harvest time can be detrimental to a wine's vintage.

What is Vintage and Why Does it Matter?

Of all the facts and figures listed on a wine label, the vintage—that is, the year the grapes were harvested—is perhaps the most overlooked. The date is not always prominently

Tristan Roznowski

Tristan Roznowski

May 19, 2021 | 4 mins read
A winemaker drinks tannic red wine

What to Know About Tannins

You may not know what tannins are, but we’re willing to bet you’ve encountered them before. The plant-derived compound can be found in a variety of foods, including dark chocolate,

Tanisha Townsend

Tanisha Townsend

May 14, 2021 | 2 mins read