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The Naked Vine
Monday, March 8, 2010
Chardonnay, the ubiquitous white. Chardonnay is the United States' most popular wine—and perhaps the most popular in the world. Walk into almost any neighborhood bar or five-star restaurant. Nine times out of 10, the "house white" will be Chardonnay. The history of Chardonnay...
The Naked Vine
Monday, March 1, 2010
Great writing, art, romance, and history have all sprung up under this wine's influence. Grown just about everywhere, cabernet sauvignon is the world's most popular red. Known also as "claret," learning cabernet is an absolute must for a would-be wine enthusiast. So read on—you'll find something...
The Naked Vine
Monday, Feb. 15, 2010
Sauvignon blanc, the light white... Of the six major varietals, sauvignon blanc is the most delicate. Sauvignon Blanc follows only Chardonnay in domestic U.S. production—although the difference between first and second place is a factor of six or seven. As people became somewhat "chardonnayed...
The Naked Vine
Monday, Jan. 25, 2010

Pinot Noir, the elegant grape.

Let's now explore the differences between wines made from the same grape. While it's easy to tell a pinot noir from a syrah, learning how a single grape like pinot noir can differ gives you an opportunity to find a wine you really like and to find the perfect wine for a specific occasion, food, evening, gathering, person, etc...
The Naked Vine
Monday, Jan. 18, 2010

Moving to the other side of the wine aisle…

When I started drinking wine, I thought that red wine came from red grapes and white wine from white grapes. I was a little surprised when I saw a picture of ripening sauvignon blanc grapes next to some cabernet sauvignon grapes. They're practically identical...
The Naked Vine
Monday, Jan. 11, 2010
When I started this little endeavor, I wanted to provide a resource for basic, everyday people to find basic, everyday wine. I was having a conversation with the Sweet Partner in Crime the other day, and she made a suggestion: "Why not do wine basics? If people have a base to work from, they'll appreciate it even more." There's a reason she's the smart one in the relationship...
The Naked Vine
Monday, Jan. 4, 2010
As we close the decade, I figured we'd finish out with the traditional holiday drink. After all, what's a party without a little bubbly… Champagne is the region in France where this celebration-and-headache-inducing wine originated. "Champagne," in common parlance, has come to mean just about any sparkling wine. The only wines...
The Naked Vine
Monday, Dec. 7, 2009
If you've walked into a wine store anytime since November 16, you've undoubtedly seen a brightly colored display, proclaiming "Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive!" filled with a bunch of fancy bottles, likely from Georges DuBeouf. I'd be shocked if you haven't seen it. A Vine reader asked me if I was going to write about this year's crop of Nouveaux, so let me...
The Naked Vine
Monday, Nov. 30, 2009
The slide from Thanksgiving to New Year's is not just party season. It's also "DOORBUSTER DEALS SEASON!!!" How much footage have we seen of people lined up outside Best Buy at 4 am to snag a $50 Wii, outside a Hummer dealership for a free year of gasoline with the purchase of an H3, or outside...
The Naked Vine
Monday, Nov. 23, 2009
Every now and again, having a wine column. Not long ago, out of the clear blue, came an email telling me that "Seven Hills has begun shipping wines to Wisconsin" and would I please review some of these wines? And, by the way, we're happy to send you samples...

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