Monthly Archives: December 2015

How Do You Safely Remove a Champagne Cork?

Back in the “good old days,” a team would win the World Series, and shortly thereafter, the cameras would take you inside the winning team’s locker room. Bedlam then would ensue as Champagne bottles would be opened, with corks flying

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A 5-Point Sparkling Wine Primer

Chances are pretty good that you’ll be raising a glass tomorrow night to toast the beginning of a new year. Chances also are good that the wine in that glass will be Champagne, or perhaps some other type of sparkling

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3 Tons of Cabernet Grapes or $15,000 — Which Would You Take?

During my visit to Reno last week, I was inundated with TV commercials and newspaper ads promoting the Silver Legacy Resort’s year-long “$500,000 You’ll Take the Cash Anyway Giveaway.” Casino visitors qualify for the giveaways through daily drawings. Currently, the

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Pinot Grigio: The Perfect Wine for Game Day Sandwiches

You have leftover turkey following the big holiday feast. It’s cold outside. The Monday Night Football game between the Bengals and the Broncos is about to come on TV. You’re hungry, and so are three of your best friends. These

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How to Drink Wine and Enhance the Experience

It seems like the most basic of all tasks. Simply pour wine into a glass, bring the glass to your lips… and drink. Indeed, that’s really all that’s involved in drinking wine. But if you really want to experience and

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Wine-Focused Ideas for Beating the Winter Chill

Does the winter weather have you down? You could do what hundreds of thousands of people do each winter: book a flight to Hawaii. And now, there’s one more reason for a wine lover to do exactly that. On the

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Exploring Soave: The Region and the Wine

Soave is one of the major tourism districts of Italy’s Verona area, thanks to its amazing historical and architectural sites, and its postcard-worthy vineyards. Soave wines are known for their fresh, delicate character that emphasizes the aromatic qualities of its

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Winter Beckons, But Grapevines Still Need Attention

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” The great comedian, actor and banjo player, Steve Martin, made that observation. And what better time to cite it than on the “shortest day” of 2015? Winter solstice is the day

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Take a Safari and Taste Wine — Not Far from L.A.

Bet you didn’t know that you could explore a vineyard AND see wild animals — all not far from downtown Los Angeles. But you can, thanks to Malibu Wine Safaris. The tour of the vineyard includes tastings of wines made

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Wine Touring… and Animal Viewing… in Australia’s Pyrenees

The Pyrenees region of Australia — not to be confused with the Pyrenees mountain range that separates France and Spain — offers beautiful views, fresh country air and a welcoming climate for winegrape growing. Game meats, freshwater fish, honey and

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