Flatiron's Guide to Austrian Wine, Part 3: Niederösterreich is Never a Bad Idea

Flatiron's Guide to Austrian Wine, Part 3: Niederösterreich is Never a Bad Idea

With such diversity it can be hard to summarize the region’s wine style. But to us, the heart of the matter is that Lower Austria gives us authentic wines. And best of all, they do this at incredibly fair prices.
Clara Dalzell
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The Barolo Breakdown, Part 5: Monforte d’Alba

The Barolo Breakdown, Part 5: Monforte d’Alba

Monforte shines through its sheer diversity. 

It does have quite a bit of limestone in its soils, but less than Serralunga, and in general the soil types, altitudes and orientations are as mixed up in Monforte as in any other village. 

Jeff Patten
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Flatiron's Guide to Austrian Wine, Part 1: Tiny Country, Mighty Wines!

Flatiron's Guide to Austrian Wine, Part 1: Tiny Country, Mighty Wines!

It’s an exciting time to discover the wines of Austria. The dynamic styles produced by the technically proficient graduates of the Klosterneuburg juxtapose the experimental natural winemakers breaking the mold in every region.
Clara Dalzell
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The Barolo Breakdown, Part 4: Castiglione di Falletto

The Barolo Breakdown, Part 4: Castiglione di Falletto

I adore Castiglione di Falletto because it is balanced.  The best wines possess a regalness and composure that is only possible when you stray from the opposite ends of a spectrum and wander towards the happy middle.  

Here you have wines that do have intense structure and aromas – of course, as this is Barolo! – but also poise. 

Jeff Patten
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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 2: La Morra

Barolo Breakdown, Part 2: 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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What is Barolo?: An Introduction to Italy's Greatest Wine

What is Barolo?: An Introduction to Italy's Greatest Wine

In the wine world, people are often reluctant to pick favorites, especially in print. But I’m going to do it anyway: I declare that Barolo is the greatest wine of Italy. I love many wines from all over Italy, but I have picked a favorite, and it is 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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Five Tips for Buying Wine Online

Five Tips for Buying Wine Online

Whatever your reason for shopping online, we think it is time to update the wine buying advice to an increasingly virtual world. So here are my five tips on how to shop for wines online. 
Jeff Patten
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Custom Cases: Made Just for You

Custom Cases: Made Just for You

There is no extra fee or charge for consultation, no lengthy quizzes or interrogations of your taste. In fact, buying a case of wine this way is probably the easiest approach to finding new wines that you’ll love. 
Maggie Scudder
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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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Our Complete Guide to Madeira: Bottled History

Our Complete Guide to Madeira: Bottled History

Madeira is a wine of history, made by mistake and crafted by circumstance. With the ability to last for hundreds of years, sometimes it is, quite literally, bottled history. It’s a region whose great fortune was mirrored in its near extinction. Now these singular wines and their makers are experiencing a resurgence into the hearts and glasses of wine drinkers on the hunt for the authentic.
Maggie Scudder
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