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Welcome to the Joie de Vin wine blog. Here we take you on a journey of wine discovery – wine tasting – visits to wine areas and wineries – trade tastings – pairing the perfect wine and food – dining and party wine reviews. Happy to have you along for the ride!

This Holiday – Give a Wine Gift

This Holiday – Give a Wine Gift

Wine can make a brilliant gift for the right people during the holidays, but which ones (the people and the wines)? How do you know what they like? And what would make it a personal gift? When you’re staring at rows and rows of wine at the store, you can start to feel...

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Does My Wine Have Smoke Taint?

Does My Wine Have Smoke Taint?

A ‘tainted’ wine is one in which an outside impurity makes its way into your glass. When wildfires strike, the residue of the smoke can settle on grape vines, leaving a film of volatile phenolic compounds. They infiltrate the grape skin, forming bonds with the sugars...

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