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2 Wine-and-Cheese Pairings to Try Before You Die

I never knew I liked blue cheese until I tried it soft and warm atop a thick, juicy steak. I never knew that what we in America think of as Swiss cheese really isn’t until I went to Switzerland. For

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The Best Wine Pairings for St. Patrick’s Day Fare

Technically and traditionally, St. Patrick’s Day pays homage to one of Ireland’s patron saints, St. Patrick. In practice in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day is embraced by far more people than just those of Irish heritage, and provides a

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Wine Showdown: Australia vs. New Zealand

Head-to-head encounters in cricket, rugby, hockey and netball have been known to evoke heated exchanges between Aussies and Kiwis. The sports fans of Australia and New Zealand love their teams, and aren’t about to back down from some friendly banter

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The Under-Experienced Beauty of Black Muscat

You’ve no doubt heard of Riesling, the delightful wine that’s most commonly associated with Germany. You may even have heard of Torrontes, the alluringly floral wine of Argentina. However, you may not have heard of Black Muscat, which is part

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How to Get Great Deals on Boutique Wines

Everybody loves a good deal. Hey, I’ve been known to spend $3 on gas to save $2 on groceries. When I’m looking for a great deal on boutique wines — wines that are always priced lower than retail, if they’re

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Drink These 3 Wines All Winter — You’ll Kick Yourself If You Don’t

In case you hadn’t heard, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day. As we know, that means we’re in for more winter. Six more weeks, as of February 2. In my mind, I imagine a legendary cartoon character, Bugs

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British Fizz: The Next British Invasion?

I have to admit it: When I first heard the phrase “British Fizz,” the first thing that came to mind was that Alka-Seltzer must be undertaking a brand extension in England. Remember that antacid product’s iconic theme song? If not,

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Prepare Your Own ‘State Dinner’ for Presidents’ Day

President Barack Obama hosted his first state dinner in March of 2010. Guest Chef Marcus Samuelsson joined White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford in creating an Indian-inspired menu that featured wine with each course. More on that in a moment.

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How Better Science Produces Better Wines

It’s truly amazing to see how far “sustainability” has come since the 1960s, when a group of people my parents labeled “hippies” first brought widespread attention to the concept. Today, we take recycling for granted, both when preparing our trash

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Wine-Related Desserts That Are Sure to Impress

You know how they say that the first time is always the best? The first time I ever tried to make a Valentine’s Day dessert, I searched the family cookbooks (this was before every recipe ever concocted could be found

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