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Wine Cuvees of Distinction: The Art of the Blend

Much like 3D technology can enhance the experience of watching a movie, when a vintner uses more than one grape variety, it can enhance the experience of drinking a wine. Filmmaking and winemaking both are art forms, and the techniques

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The New Sparkling Wine Taking on Champagne

Spain is about to “take on” France in the realm of world-class sparkling wine. France has always taken Champagne-making seriously, and has worked diligently to protect the “Champagne” designation in the global wine marketplace. As a result, with rare exceptions,

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The Wonderfully Diverse Wines of Chile

Talk about diversity. Chile is home to the driest place on Earth (the Atacama Desert), and some of the tallest peaks in the world (within the Andes mountain range). That geographic diversity creates climatic diversity, and that translates to numerous

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3 Wines That Are PERFECT for Spring

A friend who lives in Chicago says that spring does not officially start until he can take his grill out of storage and fire it up. If the weather forecast holds true, Saturday will be the day. The temperature is

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Imagine: Pouring Wine With No Spills

Pouring wine without a spill has long been an issue.  Rogue drops of wine have destroyed countless table cloths, suits, and dresses, but this problem may soon be a thing of the past. As a steward at wine competitions, I

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What Ever Happened to Wine Coolers?

The Buggles ushered in the age of music videos with a song called “Video Killed the Radio Star.” The song’s music video was the first such video played on MTV in the United States on the first day of August

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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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