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Why I’m Voting for Wine Samplers Over Wine Growlers

The Rolling Stones famously informed us that we might not always get what we want, but we just might get what we need. In the state of Washington, some wine drinkers are getting what they want, but if new legislation

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Wine Habits of the Presidents

We have a new President, one who does not drink alcohol. Never has. That makes him unusual among U.S. Commanders-in-Chief. Here’s a brief look at the wine habits and preferences of some of his predecessors… It’s fairly well known that

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History’s Great Orators Speak Out on Wine

Today we pay tribute to the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose voice was quieted by an assassin’s bullet not quite 49 years ago. Dr. King was known for oratory skills, and no list

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4 Wine Resolutions Everyone Should Embrace

For many years, I made New Year’s Resolutions and rarely kept them beyond a few weeks. Then I went through a period of not making resolutions. In recent years, I’ve been making some again, and I’ve found that the ones

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The Top 5 Wine Stories of 2016

Any “best of” or “top” list is purely subjective, and this one is no exception. These are five wine stories that simply touched me, in a personal way, in 2016… The emergence of Prosecco. The sparkling wine that Michelle and

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How to Shop for Someone With a Picky Palate

It may be your spouse, a sibling, a parent, a best friend or a co-worker. It’s that person for whom buying a bottle of wine is a daunting task because they have a picky palate. I have encountered this conundrum

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Stress-Free Holiday Wine Shopping

A buddy of mine — in the fact, the man who officiated at our wedding last fall — has the shopping gene. He could spend all day at Costco, and then he could spend all evening regaling you with a

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Finding Peace During and After Election Night

It’s finally here. Tomorrow, the most contentious Presidential election of our lifetimes finally — mercifully, some would assert — will come to an end. One might say that Thanksgiving is coming 16 days early this year. Whichever side you’re on,

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Why It’s Time to Start Your Holiday Wine Shopping

There was a time when I believed that it didn’t make sense to give wine to a wine lover unless you knew EXACTLY what type of wine they liked. Then my opinion evolved to the idea that it was okay

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Take a Wine Region Tour or Explore on Your Own?

Once you’ve been to “wine country” — be it Napa Valley, southern France, Tuscany or even a lesser known region here in the States — it can be difficult to imagine burning vacation days on any other type of destination.

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