Has it ever happened to you, looking at the wine-lined shelves of wine boutiques or supermarkets, to succumb to an involuntary temptation and suspect some kind of “conspiracy theory” emanating from the entire world wine-making community? And the point is not in the endless variety of wine styles, but in the corks with which these wines are corked.

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On a chilly November day, the friendly team of Noble Wine landed at Geneva airport to travel to a small wine-growing region called Jura, located in eastern France, between Burgundy and Switzerland. This region produces quite specific wines, “wines for an amateur”, the originality of which delights and frightens off. Well, there is no dispute about tastes, as they say! In this article, we would like to share our personal impressions of exploring such a wonderful region, with its picturesque vineyards and unique wines.

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While the whole world is undergoing drastic change, the world of wine is stable. Stability somewhat similar to stagnation. For example, most wine snobs still prefer old-fashioned bottle caps, although screw caps have proven successful over the past 50 years. And did you know that we still determine the value of Bordeaux wines from a 160-year-old judgment? So when the Rioja Consejo Regulador (wine commission) announced the introduction of a new classification system, it caused a great deal of stir!

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Boxing was and will remain in the next couple of years one of the most popular sports, so we decided to organize sparring. Not with the help of fists, of course, but in order to check whether we can blindly taste four red wines from the Spanish region of Rioja, French Bordeaux and Italian Tuscany. Perhaps, reading these lines, you will think: “Ugh … easy!” But whether it really was that easy, you will find out by reading our article.

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