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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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How ‘Terroir’ Impacts the Perception of Wine

When I first discovered the wonders of wine back in the 1980s, I encountered a lot of wines that I liked a lot. Various bottlings of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewuztraminer, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon grabbed and

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6 Toasts — 3 Heartfelt and 3 Hilarious — for New Year’s Eve

More sparkling wine is sold during the month of December than in any other month. The reason makes perfect sense: Millions of people welcome in the New Year with a toast, and more often than not, that toast is made

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You Can Learn a Lot from a Wine Label

Sometimes looking at a wine label, especially one from Europe, can be like trying to understand a foreign language — in many cases, literally. But if you know what to look for on a label, you can learn a lot

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Wine Clubs and Wine Samplers Make Great Gifts

I survived Black Friday. Barely. Every year, I swear I will stay at home on the biggest shopping day of the year, thus not having to fight for a parking space and deal with wild-eyed shoppers. And every year, I

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What, Exactly, Is a Sommelier?

I’m the first to admit that my French is not muy bueno. So I am enlisting the help of our friends at Merriam-Webster to provide the correct pronunciation of “sommelier.” According to the word experts, it is: səməlˈyā. You’ve probably

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11 Celebrities and Their Wineries

A number of celebrities — from musicians to filmmakers to athletes — have taken their love for wine a (big) step further by getting involved in the wine business. In some cases, it has involved lending their name (and money)

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The Health Benefits of ‘A Glass a Day’

Few beverages have been studied as extensively in the new millennium as wine — especially red wine. For those of us who love to drink the gift of the grape, the news has been good. (That grape gift, by the

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Why Chardonnay Is a Favorite White Wine

One of the most challenging aspects of describing Chardonnay also is one of the reasons it’s one of the world’s most popular white wines. Like few other white wines, Chardonnay can take on the personality not only of its place of

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Old World Wines vs. New World Wines

By accepted definition, “Old World” wines are those that come from the long-established winemaking countries of Europe — primarily Italy, France and Germany, although some would include countries of the Near East and North Africa in the definition. “New World”

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