Scotch's flavor boundaries reach from the light and fragrant to the rich, powerful and smoky, touching every point in between. Its web of complexities is not made by a machine—the spirit is a living manifestation of a culture.
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- Rich Reds of New Zealand: Most wine lovers think of the country for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. But Cabernet and Syrah are on the rise, from the stony soils of Gimblett Gravels in the Hawkes Bay region of the North Island. Get to know the wines and region with Craggy Range's director of winemaking, Steve Smith.
- Cool & Crisp Aussies: As many Australian winemakers opt for crisp and juicy wines over the big and ripe style for which the country has been known, cool-climate areas such as Victoria's Strathbogie Ranges are hot. Check out the Strathbogie style of Chardonnay and Shiraz with vintner Matt Fowles.
- Pinot Style—Sonoma Coast vs. Valley: To demonstrate the impact of climate and soil, Three Sticks winemaker Don Van Staaveren compares two single-vineyard Pinot Noirs—one from Sonoma Valley and one from Sonoma Coast.
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