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Wine 101

Food & Wine offers an ultimate guide to buying, drinking and understanding wine. Here are simple pairing tips, the best bottles to buy and easy lessons on the world’s greatest wine regions.

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Wine 101 Guides

  • A Wine Strategist’s Guide to Pairing

    Shelley Lindgren of San Francisco’s SPQR has the world’s most sensible wine-drinking philosophy: Pour good, inexpensive bottles on weekdays; pricier, more complex bottles on weekends; and exceptional bottles once a month.

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    A Wine Strategist’s Guide to Pairing
  • How to Stock a Wine Fridge

    Avid wine drinkers often have a common dilemma—a chaotic wine fridge. F&W’s Ray Isle has a solution: Start drinking, then restock using his smart bottle-buying ideas.

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    How to Stock a Wine Fridge
  • Solving Tricky Pairing Problems

    Matching wines to strong, punchy flavors can frustrate even the most knowledgeable wine experts. Help is here: F&W’s Megan Krigbaum tested dozens of bottles to find great pairings for intense flavor profiles.

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    Solving Tricky Pairing Problems
World’s 10 Best Bargain Wines
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World’s 10 Best Bargain Wines

F&W’s Ray Isle blind-tasted 120 popular, under-$13 wines from a dozen of the country’s biggest wine retailers to discover the best, most delicious, easiest-to-find red and white values.

America’s Best New Places to Drink Wine
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America’s Best New Places to Drink Wine

Here, the country’s greatest new wine destinations, from a football stadium in Cleveland to a Burgundy-centric New Orleans shop.

Why Blind Tasting is for Bores
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Why Blind Tasting is for Bores

Blind tastings, in which wine aficionados challenge each other to identify a bottle without seeing the label, are part parlor game and part blood sport. But according to writer Anthony Giglio, they're mostly a useless display of ego.

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