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Wine Cruises Along the Beautiful Danube

In yesterday’s blog, we told you about two wine-themed cruises in France. Today, we shift gears (or should that be rudders?) and explore a pair of Avalon Waterways excursions on the gorgeous Danube River… The Legendary Danube Wine River Cruise

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Cruising Europe in Search of Wine

Viking River Cruises, Emerald Waterways and Uniworld are among the cruise lines offering wine-themed river cruises, and all are worth checking out if you’d like to experience European wine regions at a nice, slow, casual pace. Yet another option is

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Both Las Vegas and San Francisco Want You!

Two of America’s greatest cities are Las Vegas and San Francisco, and on the last weekend of April, they have conspired to present a vinous conundrum for wine lovers. On that weekend, each city will host a very tempting wine

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A Dish That Pairs With White Wine and Red Wine

“Red Wine With Fish” was a best-selling book that helped erase the myth that one should serve only a white wine when the main course was a fish dish. The pairing spotlighted in the book was salmon and Pinot Noir.

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Add a Little Spice to Your (Wine) Life

In New Mexico, St. Clair Winery takes fire-roasted Hatch green chiles, cold-soaks them in white wine, and produces a wine that’s semi-sweet, slightly spicy and quite smooth, especially when served chilled. A chile pepper in wine? That is perhaps the

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The Pork Possibilities With Pinot Noir

Several months ago, my 10-year-old granddaughter announced to the family that she “loved piggies” and would no longer be eating her favorite grab-and-go breakfast: Jimmy Dean sausage-and-egg sandwiches. She did not reveal how or why she had come to this

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Aventine Glen Ellen to Host Special Winemaker Dinner

Whenever I’m in California’s North Coast wine country, I make the time to have a meal at the Rutherford Grill in Napa Valley. The food is fabulous (never had a bad or even merely a so-so meal), the wine list

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The Perfect Dish for a Cold Night… and Zinfandel

On cold winter nights… and goodness knows we’ve had enough of those lately… you need food that will warm you up. This dish is just the ticket, and it pairs perfectly with Zinfandel, a variety currently on sale through tonight

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Long Island Winterfest: Good Music… Good Wine… Good Weather?

Because you can’t hole up inside forever… here’s hoping the weather cooperates as the 8th annual Winterfest gets ready for its second weekend on the North Fork of New York’s Long Island. With a music component known as “Live on

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Pinot Days Chicago Is Less Than a Month Away

“Snow Days” will magically morph into “Pinot Days” in less than a month — which should come as a welcome relief to residents of Chicago, who have been shivering through another frigid winter. Pinot Days Chicago is scheduled for Saturday,

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