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WINES of Tuscany — Under the Tuscan Sun — 10/10/2018

Tuscan wine (Italian Toscana) is Italian wine from the Tuscany region. Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape whereas the Vernaccia grape is the basis of the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Tuscany is also known for the dessert wine Vin Santo, made from a variety of the region's grapes. Tuscany has thirty-three Denominazioni di origine controllata (DOC) and eleven Denominazioni di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). In the 1970s, a new class of wines known in the trade as "Super Tuscans" emerged. These wines were made outside DOC/DOCG regulations but were considered of high quality and commanded high prices. Many of these wines became cult wines. In the reformation of the Italian classification system many of the original Super Tuscans now qualify as DOC or DOCG wines (such as the new Bolgheri label) but some producers still prefer the declassified rankings or to use the Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) classification of Toscana. As of today, Tuscany has five sub-categories of IGT wines.

wines of Alsace, France — Pure Expression – 10/2/2018

Few wine regions can claim pure expression: Alsace is an exception.? Why? Alsace has a truly exceptional setting for making wine. Protected by the Vosges Mountains, this picturesque region is singularly blessed with enviable conditions: ancient soils, noble grapes and an extraordinary climate ? one of the driest in France. Thirteen distinct territories make Alsace a mosaic unlike anywhere else. Here, minerality and freshness aren?t just concepts, they are the story of the wines.

Wines of Greece — An old heritage worth remembering — 9/12/2018 of Greece

In the ancient world, Greece was once one of the foremost producers of wine. However, in contrast to the country?s important wine heritage, modern Greek wines are only just now emerging in the rest of the world. In fact, these days Greece offers outstanding value for its wines and there are many new varieties that will certainly expand your palate. The origins of wine-making in Greece go back 6,500 years and evidence suggesting wine production confirm that Greece is home to the second oldest known grape wine remnants discovered in the world and the world?s earliest evidence of crushed grapes. The spread of Greek civilization and their worship of Dionysus, the god of wine, spread Dionysian cults throughout the Mediterranean areas during the period of 1600 BC to the year 1. Hippocrates used wine for medicinal purposes and readily prescribed it. Greek wines and their varieties were well known and traded throughout the Mediterranean. The Vitis vinifera grape which thrives in temperate climates near coastal areas with mild winters and dry summers adapted well and flourished in the Northern Mediterranean areas. The most reputable wines of ancient Greece were Chian, Coan, Corcyraean, Cretan, Euboean, Lesbian, Leucadian, Mendaean, Peparethan wine, Rhodian and Thasian. Wine was also important for ancient Macedonia. Two other names may or may not be regional: Bibline wine and Pramnian wine are named in the earliest Greek poetry, but without any reliable geographical details.

WINES of C?TE de BEAUNE — Rob?s favorite wine region in the world! — 8/29/18

Unmatched Elegance, Complexity and Drinkability.? A trip through the C?te de Beaune region of Burgundy, France. The C?te de Beaune area is the southern part of the C?te d'Or, the limestone ridge that is home to the great names of Burgundy wine. The C?te de Beaune starts between Nuits-Saint-Georges and Beaune, and extends southwards for about 25 km to the River Dheune. The trend of producing red wines continues from the C?te de Nuits to the north, down through Beaune, although the wines become lighter and more perfumed. Farther south lie the great names of white Burgundy such as Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet. The far south of the district sees a return to red wines in Santenay that continues across the Dheune into the C?te Chalonnaise. This mix of Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes reflects geology in the southern C?te d'Or that is more variable than in the north.

Hidden Gems — From Oddball Regions — 8/22/2018

The love of wine is an international phenom! We all love our Italian, French, Australian, Spanish, California and Oregon wines, but what about the ?other? regions of the world? A common thread shared among many regions of the world is the creation of delicious wines. Telling the story of an area in which you may not have known existed, a grape is planted, grown, tended to with love, care and compassion, picked, processed, bottled and sold in an attempt to please the palate and introduce you to the taste of the region.