Wine Spectator Vintage Charts

Vintage charts summarize the quality and character of the wines from a particular region in a specific year. They are by necessity general in nature, but can help consumers make good choices when faced with unfamiliar wines. They also help collectors determine when their wines will be drinking well.

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Wine Spectator’s “Know Your Grapes” Index

Wine begins with a grape.

More than 1,300 varieties of grapes are used in commercial winemaking, but a select few Vitis vinifera varieties have earned “noble” status and are responsible for many of the world’s most revered wines.

These grapes are typically centuries old, are celebrated in their native lands and have traveled the globe, finding success in far-flung locales. Their multifaceted personalities shine in myriad soils and climates, delivering countless styles. Wine Spectator’s Know Your Grapes index offers an introduction to each of these important varieties, including origins, key regions, flavor profiles and more.

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Jancis Robinson’s Wine Course

A five-hour guide to the world of wine. All about wine, grapes, regions, and other wine themes. In an encyclopedic tour around the wine producing countries of the the world, Jancis Robinson captures the flavor of each region's wines and recommends the best names to look out for. Everything is covered from production and tasting to storing of wine .

All 10 episodes are available for free on YouTube and are linked below.

Episode 1: Aperitif

Episode 2: Chardonnay

Episode 3: Cabernet Sauvignon

Episode 4: Sauvignon Blanc

Episode 5: Syrah a.k.a. Shiraz

Episode 6: Riesling

Episode 7: Pinot Noir

Episode 8: Merlot

Episode 9: Grapes and Gas

Episode 10: Grape Invaders

Wine Tip of the Week

The Wine Aroma Wheel is a visual representation of the most common wine aromas.

This wheel is a great companion during wine tasting. Whether you are a beginner or a wine connoisseur, the Wine Aroma Wheel will assist you in the identification process of aromas contained in the complexity of your wine.

In a typical wine tasting process, you will first need to define which aroma families are present in your wine (fruits, flowers, vegetal…). Then, the Wine Aroma Wheel will help you narrow down the aroma family to a more precise aroma subfamily (citrus, red berries, dry herbs, nuts…) to finally the exact aroma itself. You simply need to start from the first inner ring of the wine aroma wheel and move towards its largest ring, which suggests many aromas that can describe the taste of your wine.