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Wine Secrets
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Mediterranean Wine
Cyprus made wine six thousand years ago and was the first Mediterranean country to do so.

French Wine - Wines of Languedoc and Roussillon
The Languedoc still suffers from a grim reputation as a producer of large amounts of poor wine, which was indeed the case until fairly recently. Today, excellent wines are starting to be made by some quality-minded producers investing heavily in the region. Producers to watch for include Château de Caraguilhes from the area of Corbières, Château Laville-Bertrou from Minervois, and Château Pech Redon from Faugères.

American Wine - Wines of New York State
The best Pinot Noir of New York state is made in the Hudson Valley and Finger Lakes areas.

Spanish Wine - Wines of Northwest Spain
Rias Baixas in Northwest Spain is known for producing excellent Albariño wine.

French Wine - Wines of Bordeaux
The best white wines of Graves officially include: Château Bouscaut, Château Carbonnieux, Domaine de Chevalier, Château Olivier, Château Malartic-Lagravière, Château La Tour-Martillac, Château Laville-Haut Brion, Château Couhins-Lurton, and Château Couhins.

Talking the Talk—Wine Terminology
Anthocyanin: The pigments just under grape skins, which color wine. Recent studies show anthocyanins, along with other naturally occurring substances in red wine, are very healthy and may prevent a number of human diseases.

Ordering Wine in a Restaurant
Drink the best wines you can afford at home and more local, less expensive bottles when dining out. This saves you paying fat restaurant markups on great bottles.

Buying Great Wine
Big brands have their merits. In the best cases, they deliver consistency and good value for the money—crowd-pleasers if you will. They are also easy to find because they're often stocked at major stores and they're generally quite easy to like even if most won't make you ponder their nuances and wax lyrically. Some are better than others though. As always, look to reliable producers for the best bottles.

Canadian Wine
Icewines from Riesling are best for long-term cellaring. A leader is Henry of Pelham's 2003 version that starts with a buttery apple pie nose followed by a lusciously sweet palate of cooked juicy apple, citrus, and butterscotch. Will develop complexity with age.

American Wine - Wines of Oregon,Washington, and Idaho
L'Ecole No 41 Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 is a classic beauty from twentyfive- year-old vines. The wine starts with ripe black currant fruit and roasted cashews on the nose, followed by lush lashings of spice, red berries, nuts, and black pepper on the palate. Gripping but ripe tannins. Long length.

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  • American Wine - Wines of California
  • American Wine - Wines of New York State
  • American Wine - Wines of Oregon,Washington, and Idaho
  • Argentinean Wine
  • Australian Wine
  • Austrian Wine
  • Buying Great Wine
  • Canadian Wine
  • Central and Eastern European Wine
  • Chilean Wine
  • Detecting Faulty Wine
  • French Wine - Wines of Alsace
  • French Wine - Wines of Bordeaux
  • French Wine - Wines of Burgundy
  • French Wine - Wines of Champagne
  • French Wine - Wines of Languedoc and Roussillon
  • French Wine - Wines of Provence and Corsica
  • French Wine - Wines of Rhône
  • French Wine - Wines of Southwest France
  • German Wine
  • Giving the Gift of Wine
  • Knowing When to Drink It
  • Mediterranean Wine
  • More about Wine
  • New Zealand Wine
  • Ordering Wine in a Restaurant
  • Pairing Food and Wine
  • Portuguese Wine
  • Portuguese Wine - Madeira
  • Portuguese Wine - Port
  • Serving Wine Like a Professional
  • South African Wine
  • Spanish Wine - Sherry
  • Spanish Wine - Wines of Central and Southern Spain
  • Spanish Wine - Wines of Northeast Spain
  • Spanish Wine - Wines of Northwest Spain
  • Spanish Wine - Wines of Ribera del Duero
  • Spanish Wine - Wines of Rioja
  • Swiss Wine
  • Talking the Talk—Wine Terminology
  • Tasting Wine Like a Professional
  • Trade Secrets - Storing Wine
  • Trade Secrets - Wine Myths
  • Vin de Pays
  • Wine from the Rest of the World
  • Wines of Northeast Italy
  • Wines of Northwest Italy
  • Wines of Southern Italy and the Islands
  • Wines of the Rest of Central Italy
  • Wines of the Rest of France
  • Wines of the Rest of the United States
  • Wines of Tuscany
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    Amass enough healthy staples to be able to throw together a healthy, tasty pasta dish in a hurry. Keep onion and garlic in the vegetable rack; extra-virgin olive oil, canned plum tomatoes and tomato purée, anchovies, and good spaghetti in the cupboard; black olives and parmesan cheese in the fridge.


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