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Varietal Descriptions

NVWR® 83 – Madeira

by David on April 14, 2009

In episode 80, Nancy Hawks Miller, our Director of Education, took a broad look at the world of sweet and fortified wines. The episodes that follow, like this one, break it out by category. Today’s topic is the deliciously odd world of Madeira. Each of these podcasts regarding sweet wines will be released, on a […]

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NVWR® 82 – Sherry Wine

by David on April 7, 2009

In episode 80, we took a look at some of the most popular styles of sweet wine. Today, we delve into the delicious world of sherry in particular. Relax, pour yourself a glass of sherry and enjoy! Each of these podcasts regarding sweet wines will be released, on a weekly basis, until the series is […]

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NVWR® 81 – Port Wine

by David on March 31, 2009

In episode 80, we took a look at some of the most popular styles of sweet wine. Now, we’ll take a closer look at port wine, in particular. It’s the perfect wine for a cold, winter night, so pour yourself a glass, relax and enjoy! Each of these podcasts regarding sweet wines will be released, on a […]

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In this episode, Nancy Hawks Miller, our Director of Education, takes a general look at the Byzantine and delicious world of sweet wines. We’ll follow up with additional episodes by breaking it down by category: Port, sherry, Madeira and botrytised wines. Each of these will be released, on a weekly basis, until the series is complete. […]

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Chenin Blanc

by David on June 25, 2007

Honeyed fruit and flowers, with a hint of hay, Chenin Blanc leads a double life. Is it a bland work-horse blender? Is it a fragrant and ethereal treat? Through no fault of its own, there really is very little predictability for this wonderful variety. In its home in the Loire Valley of France, where it’s […]

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Merlot

by David on June 24, 2007

So fruity, so supple, so elegant when it’s at its best. Our poor friend Merlot has taken a beating recently because of the movie Sideways, but you might be surprised to know that it’s the most widely planted variety in Bordeaux. And Chateau Petrus, the most expensive wine of the Bordeaux region is, you guessed […]

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Viognier

by David on June 23, 2007

Well, it’s hard to pronounce, but worth it! Exotically fragrant, heady, tropical and lush. Viognier is a very ancient variety going back to at least Roman times and comes to us from the Rhone Valley in southern France. It makes some of the most distinctively aromatic wines in the world. The peach, honey and floral […]

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Syrah

by David on June 22, 2007

Deep, dark fruit with a little earth, smoke and a meaty quality. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Syrah comes to us from the Rhone Valley of southern France. It’s one of the oldest varieties we know. Just think, Julius Caesar may well have enjoyed a glass of Syrah just as much as we do today. […]

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Sauvignon Blanc

by David on June 21, 2007

Fresh, zingy, herbaceous and citrusy. Makes me want to throw some fish on the grill. Sauvignon Blanc gained its fame in the Loire valley of France from the beautiful Blanc Fume, Pouilly Fume and Sancerre, but it was probably born in the Bordeaux region where it plays second fiddle to Semillon as the most planted […]

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Cabernet Sauvignon

by David on June 20, 2007

We all know that Cabernet Sauvignon is the undisputed King of grapes. A serious collector’s cellar will always include great Cabernets, whether they’re from the Medoc, Napa Valley or Coonawara. And it’s probably because it is capable of making a wine of tremendous power, structure and complexity, but it somehow manages to carry this off […]

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