Debunking Wine Myths

Humans, it’s safe to say, take comfort in stupid myths. Sure, the mouth of that Great Dane who just slipped you the tongue is cleaner than your own! And yes, you should shave twice a day – it will make your beard as thick and lustrous as God’s. Wine, however, seems … Read More

Wine Wars: The Past, Present and Future of Rioja

There’s a war raging over Rioja, a wine, usually red, named for a region in northeastern Spain. Historically admired for its subtle, oak-aged wonders, Rioja is at the centre of a worldwide conflict over just wine should taste. Jonathan Nossiter underlined Rioja’s troubles in his 2007 book, Taste and Power. … Read More


Sangiovese, the noble Italian and primarily Tuscan red grape variety, is one way for Red Wine 201 to broach the subject of globalization. In a more connected world, with cultures in constant contact, we risk a homogeneity of tastes. But Sangiovese remains essentially Tuscan as it has failed to make … Read More

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