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Paul Lukacs is a wine writer whose work has been honored with James Beard, IACP, and Clicquot awards.  The author of three books, American Vintage: The Rise of American Wine (2000), The Great Wines of America (2005), and Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasures (2012), he explores both contemporary trends and historical developments in the culture of wine production and appreciation.  From 1994 to 2010 he contributed weekly features as the wine columnist for The Washington Times, and over the years he has written for a range of magazines, including Saveur (where he served as wine editor), Wine & Spirits, Wine Review Online, and American Heritage.  A graduate of Kenyon College and the Johns Hopkins University, he also is a Professor of English at Loyola University Maryland, and serves on the executive board of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.  His areas of academic specialization include nineteenth century American literature and literary criticism and theory.

Pouring out the Champagne. Credit: iStock

Corks are popping all over the place this month. More bottles of Champagne and other sparkling wines are sold during the holidays than at

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Main photo: Peter Gago, chief winemaker at Penfolds, at Magill Estate. Credit: Courtesy of Penfolds

One often hears it said that place is the most important factor in a wine's identity. Or, to echo a silly cliché, that wine

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The Café des Musées in Paris. Credit: Marguerite Thomas

From the nondescript exterior of the Café des Musées in Paris, you wouldn't expect it to be one of the city's best bistros. Yet

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Champagne for New Year’s Eve. Credit: iStockphoto

It's time to stock up. Wine shops frequently offer fantastic bargains on Champagnes and other top-notch sparkling wines during the holiday season.  Popular brands

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Glasses of red and white wine. Credit: iStockphoto

Discrimination is a strange thing. On the one hand, no one likes being its victim, and hardly anyone confesses to being its practitioner. On

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Wine glasses at the Riesling Rendezvous in Seattle. Credit: Chateau Ste. Michelle

The mood was a bit somber at this summer's Riesling Rendezvous in Seattle.  This three-day event, sponsored by Germany's Weingut Dr. Loosen and Washington's Chateau

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Bottles of Mendoza Malbec and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Credit: Paul Lukacs

Malbec from Mendoza in western Argentina and Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough at the tip of New Zealand's South Island set today's global benchmarks for

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Paul Lukacs. Credit: Marguerite Thomas

Myths are fictional stories that satisfy shared desires. In the contemporary world of wine, the most pervasive myth is that of terroir, the story

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BOOKS

Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World's Most Ancient Pleasures

The Great Wines of America: The Top Forty Vintners, Vineyards, and Vintages

American Vintage: The Rise of American Wine