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5 Questions with Avignonesi Owner Virginie Saverys

Avignonesi owner Virginie Saverys is a leading light in the Italian wine scene. Born in Belgium, she was a corporate attorney who decided her work was well…too corporate. After years as a silent partner in the property, located in Montepulciano, Italy, she took it over 2009. And while the winery, founded in 1974, has a…
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Are You A Supertaster?

Do you prefer a glass of Pinot Grigio over a big fat Cabernet Sauvignon? If so, you may be a Supertaster (cue the Superman theme song). A supertaster is a person who is more sensitive to tastes. Women and people from Asia, South America and Africa are more likely to be supertasters. Now the upshot is to…
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Wine Really is Good For You!

There really are health benefits to drinking wine if you drink it in moderation. But let’s be honest, the definition of moderation probably is way less than most of us drink. So sadly, a bottle-a-night or an afternoon of tailgating, is not moderately drinking. According to the Dietary Guidelines for 2015, moderate consumption is: One drink…
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A Harvest of Great Sips

It’s harvest season around many parts of the country, which makes October the perfect time to go wondering around the vineyards. And there are plenty of events that allow you to get out, enjoy the fall harvest and taste some great wines before the very last grapes are brought in. Yorktown Wine Festival, Yorktown, Virginia,…
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Great Bordeaux Wines for Around $25!

The 2014 Cru Bourgeois du Médoc wines were released on September 20, 2016. These are specially-selected Bordeaux wines, priced around $25, so run – don’t walk – to your local wine shop. Bordeaux wines often come with a mystic and an assumption that they are uber expensive. Because many are. Wines from the Chateaus which…
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5 Questions with Winemaker, Rob Mondavi, Jr.

He has one of the most iconic last names in the wine world, and yet fourth-generation Napa Valley winemaker, Rob Mondavi, Jr. made sure he got out of the family vineyard and learned on his own before returning to work with them. So he hosted mountain bike tours after college; he worked in sales at…
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Happy #GrenacheDay

We think everyday should be a wine holiday. So when there’s actually an official day on the calendar, we have to break out the party hats. The third Friday in September is #GrenacheDay, which is perfect timing because this wine works so great with all your fall dishes like mac and cheese, chili and all…
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Wines for Your Tailgate!

All of this football talk makes us think of our favorite part of the game – the tailgate! There is not much better than outdoor drinking and eating! But we find it slightly funny when people ask which wines pair with tailgate food. Really? When was the last time you were at a tailgate where…
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