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Classic California Pinot Noirs

Classic California Pinot Noirs

F&W's Ray Isle shares some of the grands crus of classic California Pinot Noirs.

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5 Essential California Pinot Noirs

Pinot Noirs from California's Classic Regions

These wines amount to a five-bottle master class in some of California's most significant Pinot Noir regions.

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5 Super Value California Pinot Noirs

5 California Super Value Pinot Noirs

The best inexpensive Pinot Noirs may not have the nuanced aromas and terroir expression of higher-end bottlings, but they can still offer impressively bright fruit and an elegant texture

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In Praise of Vermouth

In Praise of Vermouth

What would the world be like without vermouth? No Manhattans, no martinis, and (as if things could get any worse) no Negronis.

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Understanding Pinot Noir from the Ground Up

California Pinot Noir

At its best, Pinot Noir is transcendent. F&W's Ray Isle sits down with wine legend Burt Williams to explore its allure and get tips on finding great bottles.

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Ray Isle's Favorite Wines of 2013

Ray Isle's Favorite Wines of 2013

Here, F&W executive wine editor Ray Isle names the top bottles he tasted this year. Read more >

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A Tempranillo by Any Other Name Would Taste as Good

Tempranillo Wine

Tempranillo, the signature red grape of Spain, is also one of those varieties that underscores why people find wine so perplexing at times. It is, of course, Tempranillo; but depending on where you are, the grape is also known as Aragones, Cencibel, Santo Stefano, Tinta de Nava, Tinta del Pais, Tinta Roriz, Ull de Llebre and about 20 other names. It's a little like being named Bob, but upon being introduced to people saying, "Oh, but in Dallas I'm known as Stan, and in Denver I'm known as Vladimir, and of course in Vancouver I'm known as Enrico the Magnificent." In other words, confusing. Thankfully, most of the time Tempranillo is just Tempranillo.

Here are a few bargains to look for, plus one of the best versions from California. Read more >

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Wines for a Wine Shortage

2012 Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Bianco ($15)

A recent report by a pair of Melbourne, Australia-based Morgan Stanley analysts said thatwe are on the verge of a global wine shortage of unprecedented proportions. Egad! Being a wine critic, of course, this prediction chilled me to my very bones. Apparently, despite the fact that the world's vineyards produce some 2.8 billion cases of wine each year, we want more than that. We're a wine-crazed bunch, we humans.

But before the riots in the street start, I should also point out that several other financial institutions weighed in, more or less saying that Morgan Stanley's report was so much hogwash (if you wash your hogs with wine, that is; not many people do, but it does make them an attractive purple color). These other financial experts note that wine production in 2013 is up, that we used to be swimming in a lake of surplus wine and now we are not (a good thing), and that all this vinous doom and gloom is mighty darn premature.

Not being an economist, I'm not going to tell you who's right. But just in case a wine-shortage disaster is nigh, here are five great affordable wines to buy by the truckload, right nowRead more >

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How to Make a Bottle of Wine Last Forever

Ray Isle demystifies the art of wine preservation

Wine preservation is de-mystified thanks to Ray Isle, who tested every method to make wine stay fresh longer. Here are his favorites. Read more >

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Wine for Cats and Others

Nyan Nyan Nouveau, a new wine for cats.

News that the Japanese company B&H Lifes has started selling a new wine called Nyan Nyan Nouveau, which is made specifically for cats—yes, cats—makes one wonder what, exactly, the rest of the animal kingdom is supposed to do. Here, a few options for the other members of the four-footed set (which, I’ll add, are all well worth drinking by people, too). Read more >

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