Barolo Breakdown, Part 3: Barolo

Barolo Breakdown, Part 3: Barolo

These vineyards only make up about 10% of the DOC Barolo, but they make a far larger percentage of the best known wine, and 100% of the village is entitled to produce Nebbiolo called Barolo.
Jeff Patten
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Barolo Breakdown, Part Two: La Morra

Barolo Breakdown, Part Two: La Morra

La Morra is a very important village! And not just because it’s charming to visit and has a number of top producers and vineyard sites. 

It’s also important because it produces a lot of wine! Look at any map of Barolo’s villages and  you’ll see that La Morra is a giant blob taking over the entire northwest corner of the area. This blob produces around 25% of all Barolo.

Jeff Patten
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The Ultimate Guide to the Terroir of Sancerre, Part 4: Oxfordian Limestone

The Ultimate Guide to the Terroir of Sancerre, Part 4: Oxfordian Limestone

This is the fourth and final post in our complete guide to the terroir of Sancerre. We're tacking the most common soil type in the region: Oxfordian Limestone!
JR Thomason
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The Ultimate Guide to Sancerre, Part 3: Kimmeridgian Limestone

The Ultimate Guide to Sancerre, Part 3: Kimmeridgian Limestone

Perhaps no other soil holds as much appeal to terroir-focused wine drinkers as Kimmeridgian limestone. It's a key ingredient in all the Grands Crus of Chablis and many of the greatest Champagnes of the Côtes des Blancs. You also find it in Sancerre.
JR Thomason
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The Ultimate Guide to Sancerre, Part Two: Silex

The Ultimate Guide to Sancerre, Part Two: Silex

To get a better look at the terrors of Sancerre, there's no better place to start than the flinty (aka "silex") soils on the eastern edges of Sancerre. This Q&A should give you a good idea what Sancerre on Silex is all about!
Maggie Scudder
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Ultimate Guide to the Terroir of Sancerre, Part One

Ultimate Guide to the Terroir of Sancerre, Part One

Over the last several decades, the name Sancerre has become synonymous with premium dry white wine, making it the safe choice for consumers with no other requirements. As such, it's become one of wine's greatest hits, a wine region with nearly unparalleled brand recognition and customer devotion. This is fair, as virtually any Sancerre is taut, articulate, and often of reliably good quality.
Maggie Scudder
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Complete Guide to the Northern Rhone Wine Region

Complete Guide to the Northern Rhone Wine Region

How to use this guide: 

1. Read the previews of each blog post.

2. Click the title links to read the entire post. 

3. Become an expert in the Northern Rhone. 

4. Follow the links in each post to purchase some NR wines. 

5. Become a lover of the Northern Rhone.

(It's that easy!)

Jeff Patten
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The Ultimate Guide to Cornas

The Ultimate Guide to Cornas

For years, Cornas was just another “value” village of the Northern Rhone, with a reputation more like St. Joseph, say, than Cote Rotie or Hermitage. It was deemed “rustic” and a source for “country” wine. Things have changed!

This is a story of a vicious cycle finally flipping a switch to become virtuous.

Jeff Patten
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Simple Guide to Hermitage Wine Region

Simple Guide to Hermitage Wine Region

Hermitage may be the greatest wine made from Syrah anywhere in the world. In this post, Jeff takes a close look at Hermitage, focusing on everything from its history and terroir, to its vineyard sites, top producers and more.
Jeff Patten
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A Guide to the 10 Crus of Beaujolais

A Guide to the 10 Crus of Beaujolais

This Guide to the 10 Crus of Beaujolais is just a quick introduction and round-up. Throughout this post, we've linked to our more detailed blog posts on each Cru. But for now we hope this helps you on your exploration through the wonderful world of the 10 Crus of Beaujolais.
Jeff Patten
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Burgundy Quality Levels: A Guided Tasting, at Home

Burgundy Quality Levels: A Guided Tasting, at Home

Back in November, as a part of Flatiron Wines’ educational series, I hosted a class entitled ‘Burgundy:  On The Level’. In it we discussed the levels of complexity and detail to Burgundy and its Crus.
Maggie Scudder
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German Wine Maps

German Wine Maps

As the grand finale for Riesling week, we're delighted to share our wine maps of Germany and the Mosel.
Maggie Scudder
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