Richard Allen

Richard started working in the food and wine industry over 25 years ago. Over the years he has seen and done it all. He's had the opportunity and privilege to work with some of the finest chefs and sommeliers. After a successful career, he's decided to share his passion and devotion for wine through his blog.

Learn About Pinot Meunier Wine

Pinot Meunier Grapes

What Is Pinot Meunier? Pinot Meunier, also known simply as Meunier, is a dark-skinned grape variety used as a red blender in the production of Champagne. Meunier is a mutation of the Pinot grape group, sharing the same ancestry and characteristics with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and other Pinot varietals. Pinot Meunier might be less …

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Verdelho Wine 101 Guide

Verdelho Grapes

What Is Verdelho? Verdelho is a white grape variety used to produce the fortified wines of Madeira in Portugal. Up until the nineteenth century, it was the most popular planted varietal in this region, but, since then, it lost ground to the Tinta Negra Mole (also known as Negramoll), a more reliable and easier to …

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Your Essential Guide to Syrah Wine

Syrah Grapes

What Is Syrah? Boldness and spiciness are the main Syrah characteristics. This full-bodied red wine is chock full of the most delicious aromatic aromas of ripe fruit, smoke, and black pepper, to name a few. There are slight variations on the intensity and texture depending on where the grapes have grown and the wine produced, …

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Gewürztraminer Wine Guide 101

Gewürztraminer Grapes

What Is Gewürztraminer Wine? Gewürztraminer is a tricky little grape variety. It is often included in beginner’s “blind tasting” courses because it has some unique aromas and flavors. Gewürztraminer characteristics are strong and easily identifiable in this concentrated, aromatic white wine. Its entrancing golden appearance, high alcohol content, and waxy texture are also clueing that …

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