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Phil Keeling

I throw words at the walls of Wine Folly’s channels until something sticks, like a fistful of verbal spaghetti. I also write plays, jokes, and the occasional diatribe.


Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting Challenge: Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon

Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon graces the final 34 Wines Tasting Challenge. Join us for the last delicious wine in the series.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Spanish Rosado

Tasting Challenge: Spanish Rosado

This week’s challenge tastes Spanish Rosado. Our tasting challenge heads to the finish line with the bubblegum pink wine of Provence.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: French Gewürztraminer

Tasting Challenge: French Gewürztraminer

Discover how a distinctly German grape became a French wine superstar. This week’s tasting challenge sips on Gewürztraminer.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Greek Assyrtiko

Tasting Challenge: Greek Assyrtiko

Assyrtiko wine originates from the famously beautiful island of Santorini. This week’s challenge will conjure sunshine and sunny beaches.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Tawny Port

Tasting Challenge: Tawny Port

This week, we’ll be tasting Portuguese Port, and discussing the inhospitable region that’s led to this highly prized dessert wine.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Austrian Zweigelt

Tasting Challenge: Austrian Zweigelt

What happens when red grapes are grown in the higher altitudes and cooler climates of Austria? This week we taste Austrian Zweigelt.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: French Viognier

Tasting Challenge: French Viognier

French Viognier came close to dying out. Jump into this week’s challenge to learn about a tasty, complex wine and how it almost vanished.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Spanish Sherry

Tasting Challenge: Spanish Sherry

Often misunderstood, this week’s challenge dives into Dry Sherry. Learn why this fortified wine may be perfect for your palate.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Greek Xinomavro

Tasting Challenge: Greek Xinomavro

With a reputation for being a value Italian wine, it’s easy to overlook Xinomavro, but there’s complexity and power in this week’s tasting.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Italian Prosecco

Tasting Challenge: Italian Prosecco

Prosecco may be cheaper bubbly, but it still has bottles worth sipping and savoring. Dive into this week’s challenge to learn more.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: American Cabernet Franc

Tasting Challenge: American Cabernet Franc

A lesser known yet equally delicious wine from Napa – Cabernet Franc – is this week’s tasting challenge. Jump in to learn more.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Tavel Rose

Tasting Challenge: Tavel Rose

Tavel Rosé will redefine pink wine when it hits your palate. Jump into this week’s tasting challenge to learn about the wine of raconteurs.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Austrian Orange Wine

Tasting Challenge: Austrian Orange Wine

Orange wines are among the oldest styles of wine, yet aren’t often seen on the table. Dive in to learn about an ancient and delicious oddity.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: South African Pinotage

Tasting Challenge: South African Pinotage

Pinotage began life as cheap wine. Discover how South Africa’s winemakers have been taking this full-bodied wine to a whole new level.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: California Roussanne Blend

Tasting Challenge: California Roussanne Blend

Even for white wine lovers, Roussanne is rarer than you’d expect. Dive in to discover the role this grape plays in the wines you love.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Italian Primitivo

Tasting Challenge: Italian Primitivo

What’s in a name? Find out what makes Primitivo an Italian wine that you have to try, distinct from its many doppelgängers.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Austrian Grüner Veltliner

Tasting Challenge: Austrian Grüner Veltliner

Learn about Grüner Veltliner – a wine steeped in the winemaking traditions of Austria. Acidic and flinty, capturing Austria in the glass.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: French Sauternes

Tasting Challenge: French Sauternes

Discover how the Sauternes region of France can go from moldy grapes to one of the most treasured dessert wines in the world.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Spanish Tempranillo

Tasting Challenge: Spanish Tempranillo

Spanish Tempranillo will restore your faith in oak-aged wines. Jump in the Wine Tasting Challenge and discover the delicious bounty of Rioja.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Chenin Blanc

Tasting Challenge: Chenin Blanc

The bright and juicy wine of South Africa takes the tasting challenge to bright coastlines, warm weather, and great wine.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Chilean Carménère

Tasting Challenge: Chilean Carménère

Chilean Carménère is brazen, it’s brassy, and a well crafted can offer up complex aromas at a fraction of the price of its Bordeaux cousins.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Italian Pinot Grigio

Tasting Challenge: Italian Pinot Grigio

Some of the best red wines in the world come out of Italy. But learn from Pinot Grigio: don’t sleep on Italian white wine.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: American Pinot Noir Rosé

Tasting Challenge: American Pinot Noir Rosé

This tasting challenge looks at Pinot Noir Rosé and defies the age-old myth that loving rosé wine is only for basic wine drinkers.

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Cover Image for Tasting Challenge: Australian Shiraz

Tasting Challenge: Australian Shiraz

Challenge your tastebuds with Australian Shiraz! A grape originally grown in France has traveled to the other side, with delicious results.

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