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A Trip to a Tasting Room: Do I Really Need to Spit Out Each Wine?

You’ve probably read it in wine books, or perhaps even in this blog: When visiting a winery tasting room, it’s a good idea to spit out each sip of wine after sloshing it around your mouth to taste it. I’ve

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Unusual Food-and-Wine Pairings That Will Surprise Any Wine Aficionado

“Red wine with meat, white wine with fish.” For eons, that was the mantra of both winemakers and chefs, who sought to simplify the often-mystifying challenge of pairing our favorite adult beverage with specific dishes. That myth was exploded in

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Visit These Haunted Wineries… If You Dare

Halloween will be here before you know it. This I know because two full aisles of my local pharmacy are packed with candy and decorations. With the “holiday” comes tales of the unexplainable, of ghosts inhabiting places far beyond those

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Those Red Leaves Mean It’s Time for Red Wine

We are heading into one of my favorite times of the year: Leaf Peeping Season, otherwise known as autumn. This is not a recently acquired interest or hobby. My Mom was born in Vermont, where some of this country’s best

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Grape Growers and Their Timely Harvest

Whether it’s peace and tranquility that you seek, or total immersion in the winemaking process, there is a season in wine country that will fit your demeanor and desires. California wine country, from Temecula in the south to Lake County

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What Does It Take to Become a Sommelier?

It’s one of those wine words, not unlike Gewurztraminer, that is difficult to pronounce. For some, this adds allure to the pursuit of wine wisdom. For others, it’s just another source of frustration. But just as learning how to pronounce

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Riesling Is Sweet… But Moscato Is Sweeter

Moscato has taken America by storm, replacing Champagne as the fizzy party drink of choice among young adults — and many not-so-young adults as well. The Moscato movement has been fueled, in part, by a number of songs that mention

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4 Ways to Celebrate International Grenache Day

“Deep within Aragon, a region in the north of Spain, a deep purple-red jewel dangles in bunches from vibrant green leaves. It has grown in the warm sun of its native land, filling with a characteristic berry-type sweetness and just

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All About Tempranillo

The couple had been sitting at the restaurant’s bar for just over 90 minutes. They’d been noshing on an array of tapas — mushroom carpaccio with wasabi vinaigrette, a mini Spanish omelet with chorizo sausage, fried eggplant with honey, chicken

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Which Glass? Why the Shape Matters

If you’ve paid a visit to your local Costco store lately, you may have come face to face with a giant wine glass that stands nearly 4 feet tall. That is NOT the size or shape of wine glasses we’re

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