Monthly Archives: December 2017

6 Toasts — 3 Heartfelt and 3 Hilarious — for New Year’s Eve

More sparkling wine is sold during the month of December than in any other month. The reason makes perfect sense: Millions of people welcome in the New Year with a toast, and more often than not, that toast is made

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3 Wines to Accompany a Tasty Tapenade

It’s always good to have some tapenade on hand to enhance the flavor of simple dishes or to spread on crackers when guests — expected or otherwise — arrive. If you’re hosting a party or just a few friends on

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Over a Barrel: Why the Source of the Oak Matters

You may know Vosges as one of the most indulgent brands of chocolate on planet Earth. Since I’m a wine geek, I also know Vosges as one of the five primary forests in France where most of the trees are

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You Can Learn a Lot from a Wine Label

Sometimes looking at a wine label, especially one from Europe, can be like trying to understand a foreign language — in many cases, literally. But if you know what to look for on a label, you can learn a lot

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Aroma or Flavor: Which Is More Important?

One of the questions I’m often asked when presenting wine education courses has to do with the ritual of swirling wine in the glass. The question asked is: Why? The answer to that question is fairly simple, but it leads

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The Best Winery ‘Food Experiences’ in Napa Valley

Yes, you could stop at Gott’s Roadside for an exceptional burger and a milkshake for lunch, but this is the Napa Valley. When in Napa, take advantage of food-and-wine pairing opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. Here are three of

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6 Wineries in 6 States You Don’t Normally Associate With Wine

I have visited all but three states (Maine, West Virginia and Arkansas), and have made sojourns to winery tasting room in a vast majority of the states I’ve visited. I seek out wineries like others seek out art galleries or

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The Wines to Have on Hand for the Holidays

I can’t honestly say that the weather outside is frightful — not from my place of residence in sunny California, anyway. But I can say there’s no doubt the holiday season is in full swing. Intersections around shopping malls are

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The Fascinating History of Wine in 338 Words

For as long as there has been a recorded history of mankind, there has been a recorded history of wine. As soon as human beings gained an appreciation for the finer things in life, wine was considered one of those

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