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Grilling… and Wine Pairing… Secrets Revealed

As I noted in a blog post a few years ago, pretty much everything I know about barbecue comes from Steven Raichlen, who has written several books on the subject. Raichlen’s books… and over-cooking quite a few chunks of meat

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A Temecula Food, Wine and Music Getaway

We know that the right food paired with the right wine make beautiful music together. But when you add actual music to that equation, well… now we’re talking about a symphony of sights, sounds, aromas and flavors — a tremendous

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An Authentic Wine and Tapas Experience in Chicago

When it comes to reviewing food or wine, the older I get, the more I realize that absolutely nothing beats experience. When talking about experience, it’s important not to confuse it with age. I’ll take a 25-year-old restaurant reviewer who

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It’s Okay for Wine Drinking to Be Fun

At the Round Barn Winery in Baroda, Mich. — in a wine region that’s basically across Lake Michigan from Chicago — they make no bones about what their products are all about. (In fact, although the Web address remains the

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Summer in the Vineyard: Important Tasks Ahead

Summer is here, and in California, grape growers and winemakers are riding an emotional rollercoaster. On one hand, they are like other Californians in wishing that one of the worst droughts in the state’s history could be over. On the

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Vino in the Negev? A New Wine Country Experience Beckons

Bordeaux. Napa Valley. The Veneto. Rheinhessen. Rioja. All of these geographic names are recognizable as wine regions. Hear the name, and you immediately know what “wine country” it’s connected to. Bordeaux — France. Napa Valley — The United States (specifically,

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The Thrill of the Grill… With Thrilling Wines

We love the aromas and flavors that oak barrel aging impart in wine — aromas and flavors that range from sweet to smoky. But because those flavors can be so assertive, many wines that see extensive time in new oak

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Where to ‘Do Wine’ in L.A., Sonoma, Chicago and Copenhagen

You can find wine… and have a fabulous “wine experience”… just about anywhere these days. You just have to know where to look. We’re here to help with four suggestions — from Los Angeles to Sonoma… and from Chicago to

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2015 Auction Napa Valley Is Truly Legend-ary

How much would you be willing to spend to have John Legend — the nine-time Grammy award, Golden Globe and Oscar-winning musician — sing for you and 29 of your closest friends? And what if you could have that intimate

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Traveling This Summer? Wine Awaits!

Planning a getaway this summer? Make sure you plan wine in your itinerary — whether you’re going to “wine country” or not. Here are three ideas — one in the Midwest… one in California’s North Coast wine country… and one

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