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Collecting 101: How to Move Your Wine Collection

Tips on getting your wine collection from here to there

Posted: February 28, 2013  By Peter D. Meltzer

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Sweet Wines 101

The world's finest dessert wines can be otherworldly. No surprise, then, that it takes superhuman effort to make them

Posted: April 10, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

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Cellars 101: How to Sell Your Wine at Auction

Insider tips for getting the best deal when you put your wine on the block

Posted: January 6, 2012  By Peter D. Meltzer, Jennifer Fiedler

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Cellars 101: How to Buy Wine at Auction—Factoring in the Extra Costs

Insider tips to help you plan your spending before the gavel comes down

Posted: October 31, 2011  By Peter D. Meltzer

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How to Serve Wine 101: Tips on the Perfect Serving Temperature

Expert advice on enjoying your bottles at their best

Posted: October 27, 2011  

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How to Serve Wine 101: The Basics of Opening a Bottle

Expert advice on how to deal with different types of bottles, corks, other closures and corkscrews

Posted: October 27, 2011  

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How to Serve Wine 101: Why and When to Decant

Expert advice on enjoying your bottles at their best

Posted: October 27, 2011  

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How to Serve Wine 101: Tips on Choosing the Right Glasses

Expert advice on enjoying your bottles at their best

Posted: October 27, 2011  

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How to Match Wine with Food

6 simple tips for successful pairings

Posted: September 23, 2011  By Wine Spectator staff

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Harvest 101: The Basics of Crush Season

Learn what goes on in the vineyard and winery during each stage of the annual harvest for wine grapes

Posted: August 31, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell, Robert Taylor

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How to Store Wine 101: 7 Basics You Need to Know

Tips on keeping your fine wines at their best without spending a lot

Posted: August 24, 2011  

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Cellars 101: How to Buy Wine at Auction

9 strategies to help you raise your paddle with confidence, plus insider tips from a longtime auction expert

Posted: August 8, 2011  By Peter D. Meltzer

Learn Wine  :  Region Summaries

ABCs of South Africa

Learn more about the country's key winegrowing regions, signature varieties and the rules governing what appears on wine labels

Posted: June 4, 2010  By James Molesworth

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How to Make Your Own Wine Aroma Study Kit

Get better at identifying what you smell in wines. Create an inexpensive set of aroma standards using common supermarket items

Posted: May 21, 2010  By Gloria Maroti Frazee

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Wine Spectator Maps of Wine Regions

Our handy visual guides to major wine-producing areas in Europe, the United States and the Southern Hemisphere

Posted: March 31, 2010  

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Buying Futures

How to buy wine that hasn't yet been bottled

Posted: March 30, 2007  

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Modern ABCs of Bordeaux

Posted: March 29, 2007  

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The Grapes of Bordeaux

Posted: March 29, 2007  

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The 1855 Bordeaux Classification

The ranking system put in place by Napoleon III still influences today's market

Posted: March 29, 2007  By Thomas Matthews

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Wine Flaws: Cork Taint and TCA

Posted: January 9, 2007  By James Laube, Wine Spectator staff

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