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How Much Do Scores on Wines Matter?

Some people are downright vitriolic in their disdain for scores being assigned to wines. “You wouldn’t assign a score to a painting, would you?” is a common refrain. “Or to a piece of music?” Painters and musicians engage in forms

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Full-Bodied vs. Medium-Bodied vs. Light-Bodied Wines

There’s a lot of lingo in the wonderful world of wine, most of it used to describe how a specific wine looks or smells or tastes. There also is language used to describe how a wine feels in the mouth.

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Presidential Wines: Uncorking at the White House

I can’t remember a United States Presidency like the one we have now. And that observation has nothing to do with politics. It’s about visibility. I believe I have seen more of President Donald Trump in the little more than

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How Do I Know If a Wine Has Gone Bad?

Here is today’s assignment: Track down a piece of cardboard. The size does not matter. It could be from a just-purchased packaged dress shirt, or the back of a notepad… wherever. Next, soak it in water for about 10 minutes.

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How to Properly Order Wine at a Restaurant

Dining out should be an enjoyable, relaxing experience. That goes for ordering the wine, too. But as consumers, we always need to keep in mind that a restaurant is a business, and a tough one at that. For many fine-dining

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How to Properly Store an Open Bottle of Wine

My bride and I had an opportunity to dine at one of the most romantic restaurants in the Phoenix area the other night: the Top of the Rock at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes. As you may have

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4 Resolutions for a Better Wine Year in 2018

It’s only the second week of 2018, and I’ve already broken virtually all of my New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve added cream to my coffee, selected fries over a side salad, and wolfed down a big slice of chocolate cake. However,

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Vinous Words of Wisdom to Kick Off the New Year

“A glass of wine in one’s hand is rather like a jewel, isn’t it, a large, liquid one?” ― Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Curse The first thing that catches our attention about a glass of wine is what it looks

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The Best Winery ‘Food Experiences’ in Napa Valley

Yes, you could stop at Gott’s Roadside for an exceptional burger and a milkshake for lunch, but this is the Napa Valley. When in Napa, take advantage of food-and-wine pairing opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. Here are three of

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6 Wineries in 6 States You Don’t Normally Associate With Wine

I have visited all but three states (Maine, West Virginia and Arkansas), and have made sojourns to winery tasting room in a vast majority of the states I’ve visited. I seek out wineries like others seek out art galleries or

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