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Presidential Wines: Uncorking at the White House

I can’t remember a United States Presidency like the one we have now. And that observation has nothing to do with politics. It’s about visibility. I believe I have seen more of President Donald Trump in the little more than

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Hooray! International Malbec Day Is Today!

Twenty years ago, you rarely saw Malbec on a restaurant wine list, let alone on a supermarket wine shelf. Your best bet for encountering it would have been to visit a wine shop, but even then, it likely would have

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How Do I Know If a Wine Has Gone Bad?

Here is today’s assignment: Track down a piece of cardboard. The size does not matter. It could be from a just-purchased packaged dress shirt, or the back of a notepad… wherever. Next, soak it in water for about 10 minutes.

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To Decant or Not To Decant? That Is the Question

When I was living in Chicago during the first 14 years of the new millennium, I had a chance to visit Charlie Trotter’s just once before the famous restaurant was shut down by its infamous namesake owner. One reason I

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The Science of Wine Tasting

There is a great deal of science that goes into the making of wine. Of course, it begins in the vineyard with the choice of rootstocks, grafting, training and trellising, canopy management, pruning methods, growth regulators, frost protection and so

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At-Home Wine-Tasting Tips

Home is the place where we should be able to do pretty much whatever we want in whatever way we want… right? Of course… as long as we’re not breaking any laws. That said, it would be a crime to

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Pair Wine With Peeps — Everyone’s Favorite Easter Candy

Literally the day after Valentine’s Day, one aisle of my local pharmacy was transformed from a magical land of heart-shaped balloons and boxed chocolates to an equally magical land of stuffed bunnies and packages of Peeps. I have to admit

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Celebrate Spring With This Delicious Salad and Sauvignon Blanc

Spring certainly has been taking its time to arrive in many parts of the country this year. Late-March snowstorms have been Mother Nature’s way of letting us know, in no uncertain terms, who’s in charge of things. But even in

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Wine Pairing With Thai Food

As is the case with most types of regional and/or ethnic cuisine, there are two distinctive types of Thai fare. Most of us are most familiar with the Bangkok style, featuring dishes that place an emphasis on sweet and tangy

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The Wine Country Wildfires and Their Impact on Wine

The most profound impact of the wildfires that devastated parts of Napa and Sonoma counties last fall was the loss of human life. Then came the loss of property, including entire neighborhoods of homes, a handful of wineries and significant

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