Monthly Archives: December 2014

Tonight, Choose ‘Poof’ Over ‘Pop’: The Safe Way to Open Champagne

It’s here! The last day of the year. When the time comes to raise a glass and propose a toast tonight, what will the topic be? According to a survey of 660 adults, age 21 and older, conducted by Barefoot

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Posted in Wine FAQ

The Truth About Non-Vintage Champagne

“Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.” English novelist Graham Greene wrote that, and

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Posted in Wine in the Glass

Warm Up With This Hearty Winter Dish

Winter is here, which means it’s time for food that warms the heart and soul. This recipe yields 8 servings, and this dish calls for a rich, buttery Chardonnay. VEGGIE POT PIE Ingredients 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2 small heads

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Protecting Napa Valley for Future Generations

Throughout its history, vintners in the Napa Valley have set the highest standard of land use and management designed to preserve the valley’s agricultural heritage and way of life. Building on their history of sustainability, vintners continue to demonstrate environmental

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Posted in Wine and the Environment

A Different Take on Turkey for Red Wine Lovers

Is there another turkey in your future this holiday season? Want to spice it up a bit? Jennie-O is a dependable source of quality frozen turkeys, and this recipe comes from the Jennie-O kitchens. Try this preparation with a classic

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Holiday (2015) Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers

Congratulations. You have won the procrastination prize for 2014. While it may now be too late to get that perfect gift for the wine lover in your life delivered in time for Christmas, it’s the perfect time to get ahead

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Posted in Vinesse Style

Head to Vegas for a Wine-Focused Holiday Getaway

Lots of people head to Las Vegas during the holiday season, and why not? Virtually all of the casino-resorts are dressed to the nines, festive music blares from the sound systems and a number of restaurants feature special seasonal menus.

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Posted in Wine Buzz

A ‘Wine Way’ to Keep Warm on a Winter Night

Nothing warms the soul on a cold night better than gluhwein — which transforms a bottle of red wine into a hot, spicy treat. Gluhwein is especially popular in Europe, where it’s a wintertime staple at ski resorts and outdoor

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Wine Books for Winter Reading or Gift Giving

Are you a reader? I am, and I only wish I had more time for that endeavor. With winter descending upon us, I hope to set aside a few evenings each week for sitting down with a good book and

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Posted in Editor's Journal

Biltmore: A Unique Wine Field Trip for the Holidays

No trip to North Carolina is complete without a visit to the Biltmore Estate in Ashville — especially during the holiday season, when the mansion is bedecked with sparkling lights, and the estate’s winery releases a bottling with a special

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Posted in Wineries of Distinction
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