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Stylish US Chardonnays for Spring  

By Jerald O’Kennard

California Chardonnays get a bad rap from some quarters for being too big, too buttery and too oaky, however that rap is passé as the supposed style it criticizes. The fact is that domestic chardonnay producers have listened to their critics and customers and, for the most part, dialed back the oak and focused more on fruit and finesse.   more >>

2012 World Value Wine Challenge  
Great Tasting Inexpensive Wines From All Over the Globe

By Jerald O’Kennard

One of the best things about tasting wines for a living is the joy of discovering a great new wine, perhaps from an obscure grape, region or producer, and sharing it with others. What makes this experience even better is if the discovery is not a highly prized wine that’s priced dearly, but an inexpensive and maybe even overlooked gem that shines brightly in a blind tasting, like the kind done every week here at BTI.   more >>

The 2012 BTI Austrian Wine Review
An Amazing Array of Exceptional Wines from the ’Amber Road’

By Bob Bansberg, Senior BTI Wine Panelist

When asked to help evaluate a broad range of Austrian wines, many not currently imported in the US market, I was excited about experiencing many newly released rieslings and gruner veltliners–well known wine categories that have consistently improved in the last few years.   more >>

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