Grapes in Champagne

Champagne is often regarded as the most iconic sparkling wine region in the world, so much in fact, that it is often used interchangeably to mean all sparkling wine. This however, is not completely accurate, as true Champagne only comes from grapes grown in the protected appellation in Champagne, France. Many fans of Champagne know well the main grapes of the region like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and, to a lesser extent, Pinot Meunier. What may be surprising to some is that, in addition to these, there are actually 4 additional grapes that are permitted to produce Champagne. 
Andrew Chen
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Wine Q&A: Syrah, top to bottom

Wine Q&A: Syrah, top to bottom

Syrah is one of the greatest grape varieties that produces wine.
Here are all your questions about the grape answered.
Jeff Patten
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Asimov's latest The Pour post is a gem

Asimov's latest The Pour post is a gem

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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Wine 101: How to Taste like a Pro

You may know how to drink wine like a pro, but can you taste like one? 

Andrew Chen
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Back Stage Pass: Our #1 Trick for Finding Great Wines

We're pulling back the curtain and giving you a peek into what it's like to run a retail wine shop in NYC. Our first post in this series is about how we go about finding our--and hopefully your--favorite wines.
Andrew Chen
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2017 Burgundy Vintage: A Follow-Up

2017 Burgundy Vintage: A Follow-Up

2017 is a really good vintage, perhaps just short of being one of the legends like 2005 or 2010. 

The 2017s I tasted were delicious. They were balanced and fully ripe. They were transparent, accurately reflecting their respective terroirs. I really, really liked them. 

flatironwines Admin
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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.
Margaret Scudder
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To Burgundy and Back Again: 2018 Hospices de Beaune

To Burgundy and Back Again: 2018 Hospices de Beaune

Last year, on the third Sunday of November, the 158th annual wine auction was held at the Hospices de Beaune. People from all over the world meet in the historic walled city of Beaune, the "wine capital of Burgundy." It is a treasure trove of medieval and renaissance architecture. There are still ramparts and a moat and battlements, fortresses and castles of the Dukes of Burgundy and the royal fortress of the Chateau de Beaune built in the 15th century for King Louis XI.
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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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2017 Burgundy: A First Look at the Vintage

2017 Burgundy: A First Look at the Vintage

What’s the big picture on the 2017 vintage? What’s the one thing I need to know?

At this point, most commentators are saying that they like the vintage very much. We’ll break that down for you in further detail below. It’s also a very abundant vintage. After nearly a decade of below-average yielding vintages, the Burgundians will actually have some wine to sell — the most since 2009.

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.
Margaret Scudder
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Rieslingfeier Roundup

Rieslingfeier Roundup

If you're new to Riesling and don't know what all the fuss is about, look no further: Josh wrote a nifty blog to get you acclimated and answer your questions. And if you're ready to dive into the deep end of the pool with the rest of the Riesling fanatics, I encourage to you choose a couple of the bottles below. Taste for yourself what all the fuss is about.
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