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Lesson 29 – Australia, pt. 1

Lesson 29 – Australia, pt. 1

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Lesson 29 – Australia Part 1
 
Yellow Tail. Australian for Wine. Ok, I can’t be the first to come up with that. Anyway, welcome to the next lesson on Australia. I hope to educate you about the great wines coming from here other than Yellow Tail Hey, don’t get me wrong, I [...]

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Lesson 28 – South America

Lesson 28 – South America

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Lesson 28 – South America
 
South America. Another place that started making wine thanks to the Spanish missionaries. Since 1531 wine grapes have been grown here. It is also considered the second most important wine producing continent. Even so, South American wine hasn’t been a major player in wine until the latter part of [...]

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Lesson 27 – The Rest of the Big 4

Lesson 27 – The Rest of the Big 4

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Lesson 27 – The Rest of the Big 4
This week we will cover the rest of the “Big 4”; Oregon, Washington, and New York. These 3 states combined still don’t approach the output of California, but they are significant when talking about United States wine. Does that mean the “Other 46” don’t contribute? [...]

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Lesson 26 – The Rest of California

Lesson 26 – The Rest of California

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Lesson 26 – The Rest California
As I look over the information for the rest of California, I have decided to push through and cover the rest of the state this week. Well will cover the Central Coast, South Coast, and Central Valley (including the Sierra Foothills). I will cover at least both Washington [...]

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Lesson 25 – California – North Coast

Lesson 25 – California – North Coast

 

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Lesson 25 – California – North Coast
 
So now that you’ve had a few weeks to digest Lesson 24, it’s now time to delve into California. By far, California is the most important wine state in the U.S. 90% of the wine production for the entire country comes from this state. The reasons are [...]

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Lesson 24 – Introduction to the U.S.

Lesson 24 – Introduction to the U.S.

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Lesson 24 – Introduction to the United States
 
The United States of America. 50 years ago, if you were talking about wine, this country would barely register a blip. However, wine has been made here for centuries. Yes, as in the plural. Since the mid-1500s as a matter of fact. 
The U.S. is [...]

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Lesson 23 – Portugal

Lesson 23 – Portugal

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Lesson 23 – Portugal
 
This week we are going to tackle all of Portugal. Home of Port, one of the most famous wines in the world. It is also home to Madeira wine. In addition to these to famous wines, Portugal also has some excellent non-fortified wines. We will cover those wines [...]

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Lesson 22 – Spain, pt. 2

Lesson 22 – Spain, pt. 2

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Lesson 22 – Spain, pt. 2
Hello everyone and sorry for the delay yet again. The real job and personal schedule sometimes conflict and honestly I sometimes just decide to take a day off This website is like a 2nd job sometimes. OK, enough of that!
This week we are going to finish [...]

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Lesson 21 – Spain, pt. 1

Lesson 21 – Spain, pt. 1

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Lesson 21 – Spain, pt. 1
 
We are getting to the end of the main areas of Europe. Or at least as far as the tests will be concerned. Yes, we will cover Austria and Hungary soon, just not yet. This week we will do a very brief introduction to Spain and about half [...]

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Lesson 20 – The Rest of Germany

Lesson 20 – The Rest of Germany

 

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Lesson 20 – The Rest of Germany
And now, the rest of the story, er, I mean Germany. So last week we covered 3 of the 13 Quality wine regions. How are we going to do the remaining 10 in a week? Well, the short answer is we are really only going to concentrate [...]

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