The Guide to Eating & Drinking Better

The Wines of Bordeaux

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Arguably the most famous wine region of the world, Bordeaux has been at the top of the fine wine list for hundreds of years. This Southern French region is the homeland of some of the most well known grapes (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon) and also fetches some of the highest prices per bottle on the open market – this is Bordeaux. (more…)

The Wines of Languedoc-Roussillon

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The crown and jewel of French wine production – Languedoc Roussillon. In the far southwest of France, in a strip of land hugging the coastline before the Spanish border, this area produces 1/3 of all wine in France and more than the entire United States. It is also one of the oldest wine producing areas in the country – but find out what really makes it special. (more…)

The Wines of Southwest France

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Long overshadowed by the big names of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone, France’s Southwest is home to some fantastic wines. Just a bit south of Bordeaux, Southwest sports a similar climate with a much wider range of grapes and styles of wines it produces – here are the three most important AOPs of the area. (more…)

The Wines of the Canary Islands

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After centuries of sailing around the world, the Spanish empire has touched nearly all corners of the globe. But, one of the most overlooked places is a string of islands just off the coast of Morocco. The Canary Islands are an exotic splash to the usual mix of Rioja and Sherry – find out why. (more…)

The Wines of Ribera del Duero

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Moving east along the Douro vineyards, it won’t take long before you hit Spain, and the famous region of Ribera del Duero. Just a bit south of Rioja, Ribera del Duero has always been the rival to Spain’s greatest red wine region. With some of the greatest producers in the country, Ribera del Duero is fighting for its share of the fame. (more…)

The Wines of Galicia

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In Spain, the heavy hitters like Sherry and Rioja are well known even among newer wine drinkers – no surprises there. Up in the north west corner of the country, the region of Galicia has been putting out stellar wines since Roman times. Until recently, no one bothered to check into it until Albarino exploded in popularity – this is Galicia. (more…)

The Wines of the Douro

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The Douro Valley has bragging rights to one of the greatest defining trait in all of wine: it is the oldest legally marked wine region in the world. Even back in 1756, the Portuguese government knew how special this area of the country was to wine production. Fast forward 260 years, and the wines of the Douro are still in our glasses and catching the attention of consumers everywhere. (more…)

The Wines of Mexico

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Who would’ve thought that Mexico has the oldest winemaking area in all of the Americas? More famous for their tacos, tequila, and cheap beer, Mexico’s wine history stretches way back into the 16th century, when Spanish missionaries came to colonize the New World, spread Christianity, and get drunk on local wine. (more…)

The Wines of South Africa’s Coastal Region

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With its wine history dating back to 1655 (yes!) South Africa leaves Australia in the dust in terms of age. While the Vin de Constance dessert wine put South Africa on the map hundreds of years ago, today it is their Chenin Blanc and Bordeaux blends that keep them there, with the wines of the Coastal Region in everyone’s glass and in their mind. (more…)

The Wines of Tasmania

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As Australian wine continues to grow in popularity, winemakers and consumers are both looking past the Barossa Valley and other well known regions. Along the way, the search for different regions and climates has led to the island of Tasmania off the coast of Australia. Here, light and elegant is the norm, breaking away from the high alcohol stereotype of Australia wines. (more…)