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The Perfect Salad for the Perfect ‘Salad Wine’

It was my turn to fix dinner the other night, but with sweltering temperatures extending into the evening, I did not feel like cooking. Instead, I put a bottle of 2014 Martin Ranch “J.D. Hurley” Sauvignon Blanc in the refrigerator,

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It’s Okay to Blush: The Enduring Appeal of Rosé Wines

Do you have a guilty pleasure? I have a few, and one of them is rosé wine. Truly, I shouldn’t feel guilty about it at all, because a nice glass (or two) of rosé on a warm spring or hot

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Toasting America’s Vets With a Wine Made by Vets

Memorial Day isn’t just an excuse to fire up the grill at our house — although we WILL be grilling on May 29. During the day, we’ll be taking time out to honor the men and women who have served

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4 Tips for To-Die-For BBQ and Wine Pairings

Summertime… and the grilling is easy… Oops. Sorry. Sometimes I subconsciously meld Gershwin and barbecuing. But you’ll never have that problem if you follow these tips for pairing wine with barbecue fare… Take your time. Barbecued food attains the height

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The Perfect Reds and Dazzling Whites of the Pacific Northwest

Whether you get your national weather report each morning from ABC, CBS, ABC, The Weather Channel or some other source, you’re probably never surprised when you hear that it’s going to be stormy in Portland and Seattle. But not all

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Posted in Wine Region Profiles

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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