Simple Guide to Hermitage Wine Region

Simple Guide to Hermitage Wine Region

Hermitage may be the greatest wine made from Syrah anywhere in the world. In this post, Jeff takes a close look at Hermitage, focusing on everything from its history and terroir, to its vineyard sites, top producers and more.
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Comando G: Magic in Sierra de Gredos

Comando G: Magic in Sierra de Gredos

Fernando Garcia and Daniel Gómez Jiménez-Landi have one weird trick for winemaking success in the Gredos: they hang out in the local taverns and drink beer with the village old-timers. Why are people so excited about these wines? What makes them so good?

Andrew Chen
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Rosé At Home: Taste With Us

Rosé At Home: Taste With Us

We want to take a moment, as the holiday weekend dawns on us, to talk with you about how to organize an at-home tasting! There's no better way to experience wine than with friends. And there's no better time than...you guessed it....NOW!
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Trousseau + Cali Limestone + Raj Parr = Magic

Trousseau + Cali Limestone + Raj Parr = Magic

There are many great things about California! But, for wine nerds, there is one glaring imperfection which lies in California's soils: there isn’t enough limestone! Europe, by contrast, enjoys a high concentration of limestone, one reason wine production has long thrived there.
Andrew Chen
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Old School Bordeaux, Ready to Drink Now

Old School Bordeaux, Ready to Drink Now

Ready-to-drink, Biodynamic, Old-school Bordeaux for a Song

Maison Blanche is one of our favorite biodynamic addresses in Bordeaux. It’s also one of our favorite old-school Bordeaux, in a way: at MB they pursue finesse over power and flash, a throwback to the days before flying winemakers and the 100-point rating scale.

Jeff Patten
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Flatiron’s Rose FAQs: our simple guide to the best pink wines

Flatiron’s Rose FAQs: our simple guide to the best pink wines

What gives rosé wines their pink color?

Rosé is usually made with red-wine grapes, which have pigment in their skins.

All the color in rosé wines come from the skins of those grapes.  (We’ll talk more about wine making later in this post.)

Well, is Rosé more like white wine or red wine?

While the color of rosé wines can run the gamut from almost white to light red, people tend to drink them more like white wines than red wines. We drink rosé with a chill (the exact serving temperature depends, as with red and white wines, on all the particulars). Like white wine, many rosés are perfect for outdoor, hot day drinking: that’s why they’re mainstays of seaside vacations.

 

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Guide to the Northern Rhone

At Flatiron, in the shops and in our newsletter, we talk a lot about the Northern Rhone. We love it, and based on our sales, we’re pretty sure you do too. It’s also a personal interest of mine: this is a region that provides quite a lot of the wine that I drink and cellar. I’m definitely not special in this regard. I don’t think of myself as a trend-follower, but the Northern Rhone is definitely a trend. As a region it ranks up there with Burgundy and Piedmont as one of the wine regions that gets us wine folk most excited these days. If you haven’t paid attention to the region yet, it’s time to start.
Jeff Patten
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2018 First Taste from Willi Schaefer

We just got word that Willi Schaefer's 2018 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett is available. This isn't the kind of wine we usually get to offer by email--it is, as Terry says, allocated down to the bottle. But Terry Theise picked up some extra stock this year and, well, here we are!
Andrew Chen
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A Guide to the 10 Crus of Beaujolais

A Guide to the 10 Crus of Beaujolais

This Guide to the 10 Crus of Beaujolais is just a quick introduction and round-up. Throughout this post, we've linked to our more detailed blog posts on each Cru. But for now we hope this helps you on your exploration through the wonderful world of the 10 Crus of Beaujolais.
Jeff Patten
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Grapes in Champagne

Champagne is often regarded as the most iconic sparkling wine region in the world, so much in fact, that it is often used interchangeably to mean all sparkling wine. This however, is not completely accurate, as true Champagne only comes from grapes grown in the protected appellation in Champagne, France. Many fans of Champagne know well the main grapes of the region like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and, to a lesser extent, Pinot Meunier. What may be surprising to some is that, in addition to these, there are actually 4 additional grapes that are permitted to produce Champagne. 
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Wine Q&A: Syrah, top to bottom

Wine Q&A: Syrah, top to bottom

Syrah is one of the greatest grape varieties that produces wine.
Here are all your questions about the grape answered.
Jeff Patten
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Asimov's latest The Pour post is a gem

Asimov's latest The Pour post is a gem

Eric Asimov’s latest post, "Everyday Wines: The Most Important Bottles You Will Drink," at his New York Times Blog, The Pour, is a gem.

And I’m not saying that just because he said to “find a good wine shop” with a link to his article saying that “[i]nstitutions like Chambers Street WinesFlatiron Wines & Spirits and Crush Wine & Spirits in New York are great for expert and novice alike, and they serve a nationwide clientele.” No, this has nothing to do with validation in the National Press…

It’s because Eric has, once again, nailed how we actually drink wine. His eight tips are spot on and we’d recommend you read them.  Here is a helpful link to read it now.

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