Monthly Archives: November 2014

Vinous Reasons to Be Thankful

All too often, in my ever so humble opinion, we lose sight of the meaning behind the holidays we celebrate. Veterans Day and Memorial Day, for example, should be about more than backyard barbecues and three-day weekends. Depending on your

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Last-Minute Help for the Thanksgiving Meal

We don’t need to tell you that tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. Are you ready for the big feast? Just in case some part of your planning slipped through the cracks, we at Vinesse Today are here to help. Below, you’ll

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A Chardonnay-Friendly Soup to Kick Off the Big Meal

Looking to lend a special touch to your Thanksgiving meal this week? Consider kicking off the big feast with this hearty soup, which matches beautifully with rich, buttery Chardonnay — the same wine you may want to serve with the

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The Chardonnay Style for Turkey Day

There are several varieties of wine that are immediately identifiable when you swirl, sniff and taste them. Chardonnay is not among them. More than any other “major” variety, Chardonnay assumes the personality of the winemaker. During the 1980s, California Chardonnay

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Wine Suggestions for Turkey Day… Even If You’re Not Serving Turkey

The Thanksgiving feast has been called the most difficult food-and-wine pairing meal of the year. In a way, that’s true. But if you look at it in another way, the exact opposite is the case. What you first need to

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Red Wine and Music: A Global Perspective

The first three letters of Greg Trooper’s last name provide a clue as to what he does for a living. That’s T-R-O as in troubadour — a singer/songwriter extraordinaire who glides under the radar of most people, but has a

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Merlot Mate: A Different Take on Mashed Potatoes

Want to add a little sizzle to your Thanksgiving mashed potatoes? Try this recipe, which yields about 8 servings, and pour a glass of fruit-forward Merlot or Zinfandel to sip with each bite during the meal. MASHED POTATOES WITH ROASTED

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5 Tips for a Tantalizing Tapas Experience

“Life is short. Eat dessert first.” I’ve heard that observation credited to everyone from Mark Twain to Katherine Hepburn. A little research reveals that it more likely originated with a little-known writer named Ernestine Ulmer, who actually put it slightly

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Getting in the Holiday Spirit

Every year, around this time, I see it. The first time I saw it, if I’m remembering correctly, it arrived on my fax machine. The next time, it came in via email. And this year, it showed up — where

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Try This Easy-to-Prepare, Cab-Friendly Dish

In yesterday’s blog, we shared a recipe for Onion and Gruyere Tarts — perfect for a cold pre-winter day, and also perfect with Cabernet Sauvignon. But as a few blog followers pointed out, that recipe really requires two days because

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