Too Many Good Choices: The Under-appreciated Wines of the Mosel

Wine from Europe is similarly the product of a time, people and culture.  The modern marketplace has chosen to elevate certain regions -- Bordeaux and Burgundy -- to dizzying heights while relegating others to lower shelves or back corners of the store.  However, those regions with long winemaking traditions continue as they always have, regardless of the price their wines fetch.  One such region, which deserves much more attention, is the Mosel in Germany.  

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The American Roots of Viticulture: How the U.S. Saved European Viticulture

For the next 20 years, phylloxera ravaged European vineyards -- France’s in particular -- and wine production cratered 70%.  Panic.  Thousands of farmers were watching their lives and legacies die in front of their eyes, and once the enemy became known, a frantic search for solutions began.

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Expanding the Catalogue: What to do When You're Stuck in a Wine Rut

Wine and music have a lot in common.  They are both experiential and difficult to describe. Personal preferences vary widely.  There is no way to find either wine or music that you really enjoy other than to sit with it, revisit it, think about it, and ultimately decide whether it will become part of your personal catalogue.  But this takes time.  It is no coincidence that so many people discovered much of their favorite music during the early years of college, with the sudden arrival of free time, exposure to new friends, and consequently, new music.  The exploration of new music then slows and ultimately ossifies, until you find yourself typing John Mayer into Pandora -- no judgment!  

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Why You Shouldn't Stress About Wine Pairing

The “new world,” with its blend of cultures and cuisines, is more comfortable with experimentation and fusion.  Indeed, restaurants borrowing ideas from all over the world are a staple in every American city.  However, when it comes to wine, the search for a correct pairing continues unabated.  The pervasive idea that there is a right and a wrong answer to pairing is seated in insecurity about wine --  a series of rigid and complex rules is easier to follow than having the confidence to trust in your own taste.

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