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Why Winter is One of the Best Times to Visit Wine Country

The world’s wine regions are neglected in the winter, not by the grape growers—winter is one of their busiest seasons—but by visitors. Wine lovers often prefer the budding of spring, the warm breezes of summer, and the exciting bustle of harvest. But we believe that winter is one of the best times of the year to visit wine country.
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What is an Aromatic Wine?

You pour yourself a glass of crisp white wine, but before you can even get your nose in the glass for a good sniff, the aromas are already leaping out at you: peach, grapefruit, melon, honey! You, my friend, have just experienced an aromatic wine. Aromatic wines refer to a category of white grapes that produce wines with leap-out-of-the-glass-and-smack-you-in-the-nose aromas. These wines are often light and refreshing, although their aromas can be so complex and beguiling that they demand the kind of concentration usually reserved for red Burgundies and astrophysics.
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Downton Abbey Bordeaux in Your Home

We may not have Matthew when Downton Abbey returns in the United States for its fourth season in January, but we have a very simple way to drown our sorrows over his loss: Downton Abbey wine.
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Crémant de Loire as a Delicious Alternative

Many people would drink bubbles every night of the week if possible, but one of the barriers to this kind of cool (and sometimes necessary) nightly ritual is price. It’s just not feasible to buy Champagne on a regular basis. Enter the Loire Valley.
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Pinotage: A Sip of South Africa

Looking for the perfect addition to your summer barbeque? Try a bottle of pinotage, the smoky and spicy South African hybrid that is earning a cult following among wine lovers. While South Africa produces beautiful Shiraz and Cab, Pinotage is truly a national specialty. The grape certainly has its critics, finding occasional notes of acetone…
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Be Active: Ride Your Bike to a Local Wine Bar

Looking for a summer evening activity? Ride your bike to a wine bar in your neighborhood--fun and fitness combined! This month we’ll tell all you Atlantans where to go in your neighborhood. 1. Krog Bar (www.krogbar.com) (Inman Park): If you’re feeling social, pedal around the corner to Krog, where their communal seating will put you…
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