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The Advanced Wine Buying Guide

Everything you need to know to have the best-stocked cellar around.

Monday, March 01, 2010

GRAPES ON THE RISE
If you're looking for an alternative to your go-to Shiraz or Riesling, here are some savvy suggestions.

THE NEXT BREAKOUT WINE REGIONS
Now that you know all about the producers of La Rioja, Piedmont, and Alsace, it's time to move on to new vine-friendly coordinates around the globe.

IMPORTERS TO TRUST
An unfamiliar wine shop can be a terrifying place—unless you know your way around the back of a bottle. That's where you'll find the name of the importer. If you heed these suggestions, you have an excellent shot at scoring a winner.

SECOND-LABEL WINES
Even if you can afford to spend absurd amounts of money on a single cult bottle, you'd be smarter to turn to a hot producer's next-best (and still ridiculously impressive) creation and save the extra cash for a last-minute ski trip.

THE TOOLS

GRAPES ON THE RISE

Lagrein
Native to the Trentino-Alto Adige region in northern Italy, this dynamic red grape—a cold-weather cousin of Syrah—produces versatile wines with a Cabernet Franc-like leanness.
ONE TO TRY: 2008 Muri Gries Lagrein ($18)

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