A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - A Red  Bordeaux-Type Blend From Chile

Over the years Chile has become an important producer of red wine. Its signature grape variety is Carmenere, one that virtually disappeared from Bordeaux long, long ago. Here we taste a blend of two grapes that are still popular in Bordeaux and elsewhere, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The good news is the price tag which is way, way below Bordeaux prices. Will you get a bargain?

Bordeaux Wine & Futures - What to Look For

Bordeaux comes from one of the best vineyard areas in the entire world. It can be purchased directly or you can buy Bordeaux futures, which are delivered to you two years after production. Read on to learn about what to look for when acquiring such wines...


Bordeaux wines are available in both white and red varieties. Some vineyards outside of France create imitations of them because they are known for such high quality. As with other varieties, wine produced in this region during certain years is considered particularly good.

A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - A White Orvieto From Central Italy

This will be three inexpensive Italian wines in a row. First a rose, then a red, so why not a white? Umbria is in central Italy. The wine reviewed comes from Orvieto, a town near the Latium border and not that far from the Tuscan border. I think you can guess which of the neighboring regions is known for wine. The Orvieto Classico area has chalky soil so we may be facing a highly acidic wine that tastes of minerals. This particular wine is based on four local grapes, only one of which has (sometimes) a fine reputation.

Why Is Champagne The Best Wine You Can Buy?

Most people who enjoy a tipple know that they'll get a superior glass of wine if they buy a bottle of champagne, but why is that? What is it about champagne that makes it special?

Champagne is a sparkling wine which is only produced in the Champagne region of France, from which it takes its name. Within the European Union, the name champagne is recognised as being a product with "Protected Designation of Origin" and no other product in the EU can be called champagne. Of course, international agreements such as the Treaties of Madrid and Versailles notwithstanding, this EU protection does not bind any non-EU winemakers from using the champagne name. However, most countries respect the champagne designation as meaning a wine from the champagne region of France.

A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - An Inexpensive Chianti

I remember Chianti decades ago. It came in straw-covered bottles and was often as not consumed in Italian restaurants sporting red and white checkered tablecloths. Perhaps as a forerunner to greener times, empty bottles were converted into lamps or simply stoppered with a candle. Back in those days Italian law stipulated that Chianti contain a minimum percentage of white Tuscan grapes. Nobody except the vintners knew and nobody cared that Chianti was perhaps the prime method of getting rid of those white grapes of dubious quality. The wine was red, in fact for many people it was the red wine parallel to the Portuguese rose Mateus and the German white Liebfraumilch. Times have changed and Chianti now boasts Italy's top wine designation, DOCG, which in spite of the word Garantita, is no guarantee of quality. Admittedly, I did feel some excitement at opening the pink ribbon that only DOCG red wines may carry.