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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 Barbera Wine
Barolo and Barbaresco may get most of the attention in Piedmont, but Barbera also produces wines of character and complexity.
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Everything You Need to Know About Burgundy
Burgundy has set the standard for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production for the better part of a millennium. Even today, the greatest wines of Burgundy are among the most collectible and expensive in the world.
Everything You Need to Know About Barolo
Barolo is one of the most prestigious and age-worthy wines in Italy, with a history that goes back centuries. Here is everything you need to know.
Sparkling Wine vs. Champagne: What's the Difference?

Champagne may be the most famous sparkling wine in the world, but more and more these days, great bubbly is produced elsewhere, too.