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Read on…   WHAT IS RIESLING? Riesling is a highly aromatic and fruity grape variety. It has been regarded as the greatest white wine grape for hundreds of years. Throughout history, Riesling has been revered for its vibrant personality, its pure fruit flavors, its astonishing diversity of styles, its ability to show you where it…

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The vineyards along the Mosel and its tributaries shape a unique landscape. They represent the largest continuous steep slope wine-growing area in the world. The foundations for viticulture along these steep slopes reach far back into the history of the Earth: soils have developed on the dark mineral-rich slate which was formed 400 million years…

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German wines are produced according to an imperfect scale based on the ripeness of the grapes at harvest time. In general, riper grapes produce richer, more complex wines. This system was put into place in 1971 because of Germany’s cool, northern climate, where full ripeness was often difficult to achieve. With global climate change, however,…

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Blind tasting is a term we winos use in reference to our ubiquitous penchant for tasting wines without seeing the label or otherwise knowing what the wine is. Apart from being a popular sport among wine geeks, it is also a useful means of testing the abilities of wine students and occasionally a manner of…

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The wine industry may evoke images of slow life and bucolic landscapes, but it is a significant business sector. Wine is and always has been enmeshed in certain cultures while completely ignored or even outright banned by others. Many cultures in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa (except for the renowned wine-growing country of South Africa) do…

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The world is returning to its original state albeit with some changes. As restaurants gear up to reopen their doors in the Netherlands we couldn’t help but notice how innovatively they are planning to bring customers back while keeping safety on high priority. Read on…

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French winemakers will transform wine that went unsold during the country’s two-month coronavirus lockdown into hand sanitizer and ethanol to make room for the next harvest, a farming agency said on Thursday. Wine sales and exports, particularly to the US, plunged at the height of the coronavirus crisis, leaving winemakers with millions of liters of…

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Noble grapes are any grapes traditionally associated with the highest quality wines. Noble grapes are said to retain their character no matter where they are planted. This concept is not as common today, partly because of the proliferation of hybrid grape varieties, and partly because some critics feel that it unfairly prioritizes varieties grown within France. Historically speaking,…

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