Category Archives: Wine Education

An Overview of France’s Alsace AOC Appellation

Since I have recently received three samples of Pinot Blanc wines from Alsace which I am going to review on one of the next posts, today I am going to provide a brief overview of northeastern France’s Alsace AOC appellation … Continue reading

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An Exciting Project and Powerful Tool: Italy’s DOCG Appellation Database

We are pretty excited to share the news of a new wine project and powerful tool that we just rolled out on Flora’s Table: an overview of all of Italy’s 74 DOCG appellations (those that are at the top of the Italian appellation system … Continue reading

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An Overview of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation and Its Wines

As a prelude to our next post in which we will temporarily leave Italy and review a French Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, in this post we will provide a brief overview of the southern French wine region that goes by the same … Continue reading

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Variety Show: Spotlight on Primitivo… Or Zinfandel?… Or Tribidrag?

Today’s grape in the limelight of our Variety Show is Primitivo, a black-berried grape variety that has sparked a long-lasting controversy as to whether it is the same variety as Zinfandel or a different one. With the help of the … Continue reading

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Variety Show: Spotlight on Aglianico

Today’s grape variety in the spotlight is… Aglianico, together with its clone Aglianico del Vulture. 1. Aglianico’s Origins And History Aglianico is a black-berried grape variety that is indigenous to Southern Italy. The earliest written evidence of this variety dates back to … Continue reading

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Variety Show: Spotlight on Glera (AKA Prosecco)

Today’s grape in the limelight of our Variety Show is Glera, formerly known as Prosecco. 1. From Prosecco To Glera: What’s In a Name? Up until recently, Prosecco was the name for three things: the wine, its main grape variety and the … Continue reading

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A New Column: Variety Show

Today we are going to launch a new column called Variety Show. Each post in this series will feature a different grape variety from around the world. Each post will contain cool facts, cutting-edge DNA profiling data and ampelographic notions about … Continue reading

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Saint Emilion Chronicles #7, Part I: A Visit to Chateau Figeac

For those of you who remember our Saint Emilion series, this is its next installment: after our post on Chateau de Ferrand, today we will talk about another Chateau that we visited – Chateau Figeac. On a previous post, I have provided a … Continue reading

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Downoladable FsT Wine Tasting Chart!

Exactly two years ago, I had published a post on this blog providing a general overview of the Italian Sommelier Association wine tasting protocol and the steps it entails. Over time I have kept giving some thought about wine tasting and … Continue reading

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#chianticool: “Not Your Grandma’s Chianti” – A Chianti Tasting in NYC

A few weeks ago I attended a seminar and wine tasting event organized by the Consorzio Vino Chianti (a producers’ consortium that has been promoting and controlling the quality of Chianti wine since 1927) in the posh context of the Beer Garden … Continue reading

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