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Wine of the Week: Abbazia Di Novacella Kerner 2012 (Italy) $20

Kerner, a grape made from a creative cross between Riesling and the red wine grape, Schiava also called Trollinger. The 2012 Abbazia Di Novacella Kerner from Alto Adige, Italy delights with gorgeous aromatics that start with pear and end with peach, you’ll find both echoing on the palate moments later.

Bright acidity and a sleek, clean medium-body showcasing remarkable balance make for a terrific end of summer wine. Perfect for pairing with a variety of seasonal dishes, give this one a swirl with your favorite Thai food, or a picnic featuring “grab ‘n go” roasted chicken, macaroni or potato salad, and cold cut sandwiches.

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How to Buy Wine Online

In today’s app-driven, tablet-smart environment it’s little surprise that people are finding new wines from various smartphone app recommendations and then making their wine purchases online.

From auction-style sites with a feature wine that’s both well-rated and bargain-priced to straight-forward online wine retailers that house large volumes of wine for direct shipping consumers, there are plenty of online wine buying options.

Check out some of our favorite online wine retailers with very fair pricing, good selection, and even a few that can get their hands on the hard to find luxury wine spectrum.

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Types of Wine

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Just go into any wine shop and you know that there are many different wine brands, grapes, regions, and bottles, but how many distinct types of wine are there? A good question, and a great starting point for those just tip-toeing into the world of wine.

When paired down to the basics there are truly only five types or categories of wine:  red wines, white wines, rosé wines, sparkling wines, and fortified wines. Want to learn more? Check out the basics on wine types here.

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Wine of the Week: McManis Chardonnay 2012 (CA) $9

If you are scanning for an everyday Chardonnay that won’t break the bank, but has plenty of classic California Chardonnay features to play well with a variety of butter-based recipes, then take a peek at the the 2012 McManis Chardonnay.

Pear and peach play the palate with nice acidity and clean impressions, a little bit of oak makes its way into the package with a subtle swirl of vanilla on the finish. Perfect for pairing with brie cheese, grilled chicken, sauteed veggies over rice, or chicken alfredo, the McManis Chardonnay is a budget-friendly, easy going white wine that delivers solid value vintage in and vintage out.

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Wine Country Travel – Discover Six Wine Regions off the Beaten Path

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When it comes to vacation travel plans, popular wine regions quickly slide to top spots for destination travel ventures.

Promising good food, hands-on wine experiences, and often an abundance of outdoor adventure excursions, it’s no wonder that wine country travel invites the enthusiastic attention of visitors worldwide.

Whether you are interested in learning more about the basics of tasting wine or would like to try your hand at blending your own red, want to snag some clippers and experience a harvest for yourself or get to know your way around the essentials of food and wine pairing with taste buds in training, there are a host of wine country travel options intended to bolster your love for the grape while satisfying ongoing outdoor wanderlust with the regional specialties of hiking, biking, or horseback riding in wine country. Or turn it up a notch with a good morning hot air balloon ride over the vineyards or boat the backwaters en route to the next winery stop.

Interested in taking in some vineyard views on your next vacation? Then check out some of our top wine country travel picks here.

 

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Wine of the Week: Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (NZ) $12

The quintessential end of summer white wine, Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc brings loads of ripe tropical fruit and the fresh invitation of brisk grapefruit aromas to the nose.  The palate immediately hones in on the vibrant fruit with a bright spotlight given to pineapple, melon and passion fruit with lively minerality, well-balanced acidity and a lean finish.

Expect balance, food-pairing versatility (an absolute delight with shellfish topped with a squeeze of lemon or summer salad with tangerine accents), and an impressive price to quality ratio from this Sauvignon Blanc.

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Wine Reviews

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Wine reviews are a starting point, an initial perspective on palate potential.  They should never be viewed as the final summary of a wine. Numerous factors affect a wine’s review with the age, storage conditions, whether a wine is tasted blind or in a series with labels (and bias) visible all playing a piece in a particular wine’s review.  Wine scores whether based on the numerical 100-point (or 20 point) scale or the five and three-star scales of Decanter and Gambero Rosso, remain subjective to the individual tasting palate.

With so many unique wine preferences and food-pairing protocols that play a person’s palate, it’s important to find wine reviews that align with your individual tastes and takes on a wine. We’ve compiled a list of wine reviews and recommendations based on style, price, region, and overall delight.  Take a peek at the latest About.com wine reviews here.

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Wine of the Week: Twomey Pinot Noir 2011 (CA) $50

Sonoma’s Russian River Valley appellation enjoys a reputation for producing some of the region’s best Pinot Noir and the 2011 Twomey Pinot Noir is made exclusively from Russian River Valley fruit, placing a focus on premium Pinot grapes.  Expect mesmerizing aromatics with chocolate covered strawberries and warm spicy notes leading the nose.

The palate profile is equally expressive with layers of strawberry and raspberry fruit enveloped in well-woven tannin and bright acidity.  This is a gorgeous Pinot Noir with plenty of palate appeal from the team at Silver Oak Cellars.  Consider pairing with a variety of fare including mushroom themes, best beef recipes, and salmon or poultry delights.

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What is a Corked Wine?

The scent of a wine can communicate much about the wine at hand.  Is it fresh with deliciously forward fruit or well-aged delivering more complex and intriguing aromas with tobacco notes, earthy spice, and greater depth? Or does the wine smell old, musty and reminiscent of wet cardboard found under the kitchen sink? Whiffs of musty, wet cardboard signal serious issues, most likely a corked wine.

Wines with cork taint have been spoiled by a chemical compound called 2,4,6- trichloranisole – dubbed TCA for short. TCA is formed when naturally occurring fungus found on common cork chemically reacts with bleach and other chlorine-based sanitizing agents at the winery. This reaction within the wine bottle is responsible for the deterioration of the wine with funky smells and lackluster flavors leading the wine’s revolt while signaling its ultimate demise. Read more about what cork taint is and how to identify it here.

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What is Burgundy Wine?

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Red Burgundy, white Burgundy – is it a place name, a grape name, or an odd mix from the color wheel? Many would-be oenophiles get tripped up on Burgundy – a famous wine growing region in east-central France – that produces some of the world’s most coveted wines made from two grapes: Chardonnay (aka “white” Burgundy) and Pinot Noir (“red Burgundy”).

Offering a complex classification system, often unfamiliar village, estate, and négociant names on the labels, and paradigm-setting wines that up and coming regions around the globe seek to emulate, Burgundy is the crown jewel of the French wine scene on a variety of levels. Read more about Burgundy wines here.

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