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2 Secrets to an Unforgettable White Wine Sauce

I had one of the greatest meals of my life last week while visiting relatives at a fishing lodge on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Before dinner, Chef Pat put out a delicious halibut ceviche, accompanied by tortilla strips. As

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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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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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2 Wine-and-Cheese Pairings to Try Before You Die

I never knew I liked blue cheese until I tried it soft and warm atop a thick, juicy steak. I never knew that what we in America think of as Swiss cheese really isn’t until I went to Switzerland. For

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The Best Wine Pairings for St. Patrick’s Day Fare

Technically and traditionally, St. Patrick’s Day pays homage to one of Ireland’s patron saints, St. Patrick. In practice in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day is embraced by far more people than just those of Irish heritage, and provides a

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Prepare Your Own ‘State Dinner’ for Presidents’ Day

President Barack Obama hosted his first state dinner in March of 2010. Guest Chef Marcus Samuelsson joined White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford in creating an Indian-inspired menu that featured wine with each course. More on that in a moment.

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Wine-Related Desserts That Are Sure to Impress

You know how they say that the first time is always the best? The first time I ever tried to make a Valentine’s Day dessert, I searched the family cookbooks (this was before every recipe ever concocted could be found

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A Novice’s Guide to Pairing Chocolate and Wine

There are those who will tell you that there is no chocolate that pairs well with wine, and no wine that pairs well with chocolate. These are not “bad” people. They simply are people with whom I strongly disagree. There

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How to Be a Romance Hero With a ‘Pretty’ Meal and Wine

Pinot Noir is the wine of romance, and in case you you’ve been watching too much football lately, I should remind you that there’s a very romantic “holiday” coming up next Tuesday. Pinot Noir often is described by any number

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