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Photo by Tiffany Ryes, International Banker For luxury travelers in search of satiating their refined tastes and thirst for good wine, an opulent holiday by acres of precious vineyards may be just the thing. There’s nothing quite as enchanting as waking up in one of the world’s greatest and most majestic wine regions. Gazing out from a well-appointed suite and onto rolling hills of high-quality grape vines is a dream in itself. Add this to dining on superb food paired with an even more superb Pinot noir or Chardonnay, toasting with some of the best bottles of Champagne, or simply...

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Is the consultant oenologist the most important person in the Bordeaux wine cellars? Maybe, maybe not, but few Bordeaux chateaux nowadays make their wines without one. One of these consultants is Stéphane Courrèges whom we met recently when he was in Paris for the day. Sometimes they are simply called “wine consultants” or even “flying winemakers”. Why do the chateaux need a consultant oenologist? There are several reasons, one obviously being the added knowledge an oenologist bring to the wine making process. (An oenologist is a university-educated specialist in wine, micro-biology, chemistry, plant science.) But another important reason, says Stéphane,...

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Why Sauvignon Blanc? Because your average piece of goat cheese is a blank slate, ready to be impressed upon. (A tart, earthy blank slate, but a blank slate nonetheless!) Sauvignon Blanc wines are the perfect chisels. Acidic, mineral-driven, and citrusy as hell, they impart all that goodness into the cream, giving it the extra herbal flavors you didn’t know it needed to have. Plus, it preps the palate for the next bite, which is a given, because who does a “one and done” with this combination? Seriously. Short on Sauv Blanc? Chenin Blanc, the Loire’s most widely grown white grape is an...

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I often think of wines in musical terms—and vice versa. And that got me wondering, can synergies with music make a wine in the glass better and add something extra to the music on the sound system? Sipping a wine that complements the music can do the same as a happy wine-and-food match. It can improve both sides of the equation. I can thank the late Burgundy vigneron Vincent Leflaive for setting me on this path. I like to tell the story of how, on my first visit to Burgundy in the 1980s, tasting through barrels of Leflaive's incomparable white Burgundies in...

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We drink it with a nice dinner. We covet it after a long day. When we gather for a celebration, it always finds its way to the table. Yes, we’re talking about wine. Wine is the center of happiness. It relaxes our mind and brings smiles to faces. Beyond the mental happiness, drinking alcohol can be good for your physical health when it comes to moderate wine consumption. We’ve all heard that a glass of wine here and there is good for you, but how exactly does it contribute to your health? The ways seem almost endless. New studies appear to be constantly backing up the health...

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