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How to Stock Your Home Wine Cellar (or Rack)

When you’re first “getting into” wine, learning about all the different varieties and growing regions and aging regimens and customs can be a daunting experience. At the very beginning of what, for many, becomes a life-long journey, all that most

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A Mushroom That Tastes Like Maple Syrup… and Some Fine Wine

My late Mom’s side of the family came from Vermont, so even though I grew up in Southern California, we always had an ample supply of real Vermont maple syrup in the house. Anytime a relative from the Green Mountain

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Here’s Hoping for a Mild Fall for Austria’s Vineyards

Winemaking in countries like Austria, where the weather is dependably undependable, can sometimes be a harrowing endeavor. This came to mind last week when I received a report on the 2016 Austrian grape harvest. In 2014, when Michelle and I

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A Mid-Week Trip to Vegas Is Rewarded With Wine

The Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival will be held September 15-18 at the SLS Las Vegas, while the next-to-last Wine Walk of the year in Vegas will take place September 17 at the Town Square shopping mall on the

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A Sure Bet: Great Wine Events in Las Vegas

Throughout California Wine Month, I’m planning to share as many wine-themed events in as many popular locales as I can — and not just in the Golden State. Travel and Leisure recently unveiled its “World’s Best Awards” for 2016, and

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Near Silicon Valley, Another Valley Prepares for the Harvest Season

This is the time of the year when we like to share harvest reports from various regions with you. After all, there is no more critical part of the winemaking process than when the grapes are harvested, and the kind

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Fogerty, Steve Miller Band, Toby Keith Headline Sonoma Music Festival

The end of summer may be nearing, but that does not mean an end to some great outdoor music in California’s wine country. To close out this week, I’d like to share colleague Michael Coats’ media release on the Sonoma

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Kicking Off the Harvest Season in Carneros

The Tognetti-Bayview Vineyard in the Carneros region of California’s North Coast kicked off the 2016 grape harvest for sparkling wine specialist Schramsberg. The first grapes were brought in on August 3. “The Bayview vineyards every year come in earliest of

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Want to Go Wine Tasting? You Have No Excuse!

If you’ve really been wanting to visit a winery but have thought they’re simply too far away from where you live, allow me to explode that myth. Presuming you live in the United States or Canada, the numbers say you

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Cheese, Charcuterie and Pinot Grigio for Your Next Get-Together

Planning a get-together? Perhaps for your fantasy football league draft, or the first PTA meeting of the new school year? An easy way to cater it is to combine a classic cheese plate with a charcuterie board, and open a

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