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Does the Price of Wine Really Reflect the Quality?

It’s only logical to presume that a crystal bowl from Tiffany is going to be of higher quality than a glass bowl purchased at a 99 Cents Only Store — no disrespect to that wildly successful discounter. But what about

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The Best Wine Books to Read

Summer is the season for reading. In addition to novels and biographies, wine books can make excellent choices for drifting away with the written word — especially with a glass of your favorite wine at hand. Here are five wine books

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The World’s Best Restaurant Wine Lists

Wine Spectator magazine has done much to promote fine wine through the years, and one of its greatest contributions involves compiling an annual list of the world’s finest restaurant wine lists. You can find links to its list of 3,700

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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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