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Tips on Tasting

This post is not intended to be the definitive tome on glassware, sensory perception or being a professional somellier.  These tips on tasting are about finding out why you like the wines you like and building on what you like … Continue reading

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The Five Steps

1. Taste Wines made from a single variety so that you get to know flavor profiles. This doesn’t mean that wines blended from a number of grape varieties are not worthy – it just means that when training your palate keep it simple. … Continue reading

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    • 7 Rich Malbecs to Beat the Cold (Wine Spectator) February 21, 2019
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Argentina continues to climb the wine-region ranks, and is now a sizable contributor to wine production and exports on the global stage. This is in large part thanks to its […]
    • 6 Elegant Cru Beaujolais Red Wines (Wine Spectator) February 14, 2019
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Centuries ago, Gamay production was moved south from Burgundy to the Beaujolais region. Since then, Gamay has grown deep roots in Beaujolais, and the region now has 10 subappellations called […]
    • 8 California Wines for $20 or Less (Wine Spectator) February 11, 2019
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.California's high-end wines are great for special occasions, but the state is also a reliable source of value, as evident in this week's roundup. There's a little something for everyone […]
    • 6 Standout Sweet Wines for your Sweetie (and What to Pair Them With) (Wine Spectator) February 7, 2019
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Valentine's Day is fast-approaching and whether you're single, in a relationship or it's complicated, you deserve some sweetness Feb. 14. Cards can give you paper cuts and roses have thorns—and […]
    • 8 Intriguing California Red Wine Blends (Wine Spectator) February 4, 2019
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Blending different grapes can add complexities and textures to a wine that a single grape may not be able to achieve. This week we highlight eight unique California red blends […]
    • 6 Smashing Wines from Australia and New Zealand (Wine Spectator) January 31, 2019
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Australia and New Zealand are both world-class wine regions in the Southern Hemisphere, but each country has its own set of distinctive regions, styles, varieties and talented winemakers. Today's selection, […]
    • 7 Napa Cabernet Wines Up to 92 Points (Wine Spectator) January 28, 2019
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Avoid the sticker shock of Napa's upper-tier Cabernet Sauvignons with this selection. While Cabernet prices continue to climb, these wineries offer great value and indulging in their wines is a […]
    • 7 Succulent Piedmont Red Wines (Wine Spectator) January 24, 2019
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Current releases from Piedmont offer a range of grape varieties and vintages, and today's well-chosen selection exemplifies this. You'll find Dolcetto from the hot, dry 2017 vintage, Barbera from the […]
    • 6 Sustainably Made Grüner Veltliner Wines (Wine Spectator) January 17, 2019
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Quintessential Austrian whites are all about minerality and terroir. Grüner Veltliner, the country's star grape, is a great example of this: It's fairly neutral in taste, allowing the soil and […]
    • 9 Coastal California Pinot Noir Wines (Wine Spectator) January 14, 2019
      Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Pinot Noir grows best in California in districts near the Pacific Coast, from Sonoma in the north to Santa Barbara in the south. Today's selection is a solid representation of […]