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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How to Choose Your Party Bottles!

How to Choose Your Party Bottles!

Whether you're trying to please a crowd of 50 co-workers, impress a new friend, or show your appreciation to a gracious host, buying wines for a party can be tricky! Peruse this list of wines, which is organized by occasion, to find the right wine for you!
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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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Rosé At Home: Taste With Us

Rosé At Home: Taste With Us

We want to take a moment, as the holiday weekend dawns on us, to talk with you about how to organize an at-home tasting! There's no better way to experience wine than with friends. And there's no better time than...you guessed it....NOW!
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Flatiron’s Rose FAQs: our simple guide to the best pink wines

Flatiron’s Rose FAQs: our simple guide to the best pink wines

What gives rosé wines their pink color?

Rosé is usually made with red-wine grapes, which have pigment in their skins.

All the color in rosé wines come from the skins of those grapes.  (We’ll talk more about wine making later in this post.)

Well, is Rosé more like white wine or red wine?

While the color of rosé wines can run the gamut from almost white to light red, people tend to drink them more like white wines than red wines. We drink rosé with a chill (the exact serving temperature depends, as with red and white wines, on all the particulars). Like white wine, many rosés are perfect for outdoor, hot day drinking: that’s why they’re mainstays of seaside vacations.

 

Joshua Cohen
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NY Times on Everyday Wines -- Eric Asimov's most important post ever

NY Times on Everyday Wines -- Eric Asimov's most important post ever

Eric Asimov’s latest post, "Everyday Wines: The Most Important Bottles You Will Drink," at his New York Times Blog, The Pour, is a gem.

And I’m not saying that just because he said to “find a good wine shop” with a link to his article saying that “[i]nstitutions like Chambers Street WinesFlatiron Wines & Spirits and Crush Wine & Spirits in New York are great for expert and novice alike, and they serve a nationwide clientele.” No, this has nothing to do with validation in the National Press…

It’s because Eric has, once again, nailed how we actually drink wine. His eight tips are spot on and we’d recommend you read them.  Here is a helpful link to read it now.

Joshua Cohen
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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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Top Ten Burgundy Producers (That you can actually buy…)

Top Ten Burgundy Producers (That you can actually buy…)

I was recently looking for some guidance on what Burgundy producers to collect and I came across a Top Ten list online. It had some names I had heard of, like Leroy, DRC, Rousseau, Leflaive, Liger-Belair and the like. Great, I thought, I’ll just start filling my cellar with those wines!

 

Just kidding. Maybe one in a thousand of you out there have enough time and money to put together an all-star Burg collection like that. But the lesson for me is that we need a real top ten list. 

Jeff Patten
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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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