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Wine Tart Thoughts on Wine


Tasting Like a Pro: What's the Point (Melanie)

“Fresh-Cut Garden Hose!” In the documentary Somm, that phrase is used as an aroma descriptor for a wine by one of the Master Sommelier candidates. Really? I don’t know, call me crazy, but I have a hose and a garden and yet would still be challenged to recognize that aroma in a glass, let alone in real life…

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Truth 'n Wine, The Beginning (Terry)

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.

“The Drinking Song,” William Butler Yeats

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My Graduation, and English Wines, Part 1 (Terry)

Double-decker buses, pubs, royalty, theatre, Downton Abbey -- these are the things most of us associate with the British Isles, but how many would think about English wine?

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Macvin! Macvunderful! A wine that stands up to the heat (Melanie)

 A surprising encounter with The Jura and one of its signature wines

When I took the French Wine Specialist course last year, one of the wine regions that fascinated me the most was The Jura, an increasingly ‘it’ region, nestled in the foothills of the alps ...  

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Getting Closure: Corks or Screw Caps? (Terry)


My studies for the WSET Diploma have begun and the wine geek in me finds the discussion of brett, malolactic fermentation, lees stirring, and reverse osmosis just fascinating. 

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English Wine, Part II: Chapel Down (Terry)

My recent trip to the U.K. of course included a trip to the wine country in County Kent, about a half-hour train ride southeast of London.  

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