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Wine 101

Wine needn’t be expensive or intimidating―a corkscrew and a little basic knowledge are all you need to enjoy the fruit of the vine. Here, how to choose, store, and serve wine.

Portable and Affordable

The Best Boxed Wines
Dare to think outside of the bottle with one of these affordable, tasty, and environmentally friendly wines.

3 Reasons You Should Buy Wine in a Box
Boxed wines are everywhere these days—are they the right option for you?

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Basic Wine Varieties

A guide to the big six―the most common grape varieties found in the United States―and foods to pair them with.
Photo: Mark Lund

Choosing Wine

Pick the right bottle like an expert―even if you’re faking it.
Photo: James Merrell

Drinking Wine

How to look like a pro when ordering and imbibing.
Photo: James Merrell

3 Things to Know Before Serving Wine

Follow these basic rules to ensure the wine you’re pouring is at its best.
Photo: James Merrell
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Good to Know

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A Guide to the Alcohol Content in Wine
Know how much alcohol is in your favorite varietals.

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Wine for Practically Every Entrée and Palate
Certain vintages suit almost everything―and everyone.

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42 Home Bar Essentials

A comprehensive list of liquors, mixers, and garnishes to complete your home bar.

  • Bourbon
  • Cointreau or triple sec (some people swear Cointreau is worth the money even if you mix it)
  • Gin

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