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Pairing Summer Salads With Wine

During the summer months, I love nothing more than experimenting with different types of salads and then figuring out what type of wine pairs best with them. I have to admit that we take the easy way out when it

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Pairing Wine With Barbecue — Just in Time for the 4th of July

Fill ’er up! Back in the days of full-service gas stations, that was the typical “order” of drivers to station attendants. These days, we “fill ’er up” on our own, for the most part, and lots of Americans will be

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Oysters and Wine Pairing: The Ultimate Revenge

It’s amazing I’ve maintained my sanity given all the culinary mixed messages I’ve endured during my lifetime. When I was a kid, I remember vividly that my Mom was not a fan of slurping. “Stop slurping!” she’d command if I’d

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Salad Season Is Here! Time to Chop, Chomp and Sip

We love to experiment with recipes, adding our own little touches to them. There are two basic goals: to make them our own, and to make “adjustments” that produce a finished product with a specific wine-pairing partner in mind. In

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Wine Pairing With Thai Food

As is the case with most types of regional and/or ethnic cuisine, there are two distinctive types of Thai fare. Most of us are most familiar with the Bangkok style, featuring dishes that place an emphasis on sweet and tangy

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Tasty Wine Pairings for Girl Scout Cookies

My daughter was a Girl Scout, and during those years I sold a lot of boxes of cookies to colleagues on behalf of her troop. I have been returning the favor ever since, purchasing boxes from friends, relatives and even

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Pairing Wine With Chocolate

Warning! You have just six days to finalize your plans for Valentine’s Day 2018. Valentine’s Day is always one of the busiest restaurant nights of the year, which isn’t exactly conducive to a nice, quiet, romantic dinner. I think it’s

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16 Soup-and-Wine Pairing Suggestions (It’s That Time!)

It makes perfect sense that January would be National Soup Month. The deep freeze that much of America has been in this month makes staying home and warming up with a hearty bowl of soup an idea that’s easy to

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10 Reasons to Pair Wine With Garlic

Ten years ago this month, we featured a recipe that is sure to appeal to anyone who loves garlic. Back then, I simply enjoyed the flavor of garlic and how it elevated so many types of food that I love

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3 Wines to Accompany a Tasty Tapenade

It’s always good to have some tapenade on hand to enhance the flavor of simple dishes or to spread on crackers when guests — expected or otherwise — arrive. If you’re hosting a party or just a few friends on

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