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How to Not Embarrass Yourself at a Winery
Tasting wine isn’t about rules. That said, when you’re at a winery, you should really follow these 8 rules.
25 Bottles of Wine to Drink to Become a Wine Expert
Ask any wine expert what's the best way to learn about wine, and they'll tell you to taste as much as you can. But where to start? And for that matter, where to finish? There are almost 20,000 different wines for sale in the U.S. at any given moment. So even if you're a zillionaire with a ton of spare time, tasting more than a tiny fraction of what's available clearly is not an option. To save you from getting completely overwhelmed, here's a 25-bottle starter guide to wine wisdom. You'll need a budget of roughly $1,000, which sounds like a lot, but you don't have to buy all of the bottles up front—one a week will suffice. Also, the point here isn't to drown you in technical wine geekery. If you are keen to know the geological origins of Portugal's Douro Valley, Google's your friend. The purpose of this exercise is to leave you with a mental library of tastes that you can refer to anytime you try a new wine. In fact, maybe the thing to do is to think of this as a game rather than a rigorous course of study—like The Game of Life for wine. Follow the path in order. Each bottle leads to the next. You accumulate experience. But instead of retiring at the end, you wind up with a bunch of wine smarts and the rest of your days ahead of you. Not bad, right?
5 Weekend Escapes: Charlottesville
Where to visit, eat, stay, and soak up the pleasures of this emerging wine region.
Everything You Need to Know About Merlot
Merlot contributes to some of the greatest wines in the world, but it still doesn’t always get the widespread credit it deserves.
Everything You Need to Know About Marsanne
Marsanne is one of the keys to many of the great white wines of the Northern Rhône, and increasingly important elsewhere, too.

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Everything You Need to Know About Grüner Veltliner

 Grüner Veltliner has arguably done more to put Austrian wines on the map than any other grape variety, yet its true range remains relatively under-appreciated.