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The Science of Wine Tasting

There is a great deal of science that goes into the making of wine. Of course, it begins in the vineyard with the choice of rootstocks, grafting, training and trellising, canopy management, pruning methods, growth regulators, frost protection and so

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At-Home Wine-Tasting Tips

Home is the place where we should be able to do pretty much whatever we want in whatever way we want… right? Of course… as long as we’re not breaking any laws. That said, it would be a crime to

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Pair Wine With Peeps — Everyone’s Favorite Easter Candy

Literally the day after Valentine’s Day, one aisle of my local pharmacy was transformed from a magical land of heart-shaped balloons and boxed chocolates to an equally magical land of stuffed bunnies and packages of Peeps. I have to admit

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Celebrate Spring With This Delicious Salad and Sauvignon Blanc

Spring certainly has been taking its time to arrive in many parts of the country this year. Late-March snowstorms have been Mother Nature’s way of letting us know, in no uncertain terms, who’s in charge of things. But even in

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The Wine Country Wildfires and Their Impact on Wine

The most profound impact of the wildfires that devastated parts of Napa and Sonoma counties last fall was the loss of human life. Then came the loss of property, including entire neighborhoods of homes, a handful of wineries and significant

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Tweeting About Wine: 5 Accounts Worth Following

On any given day, 100 million people are tweeting, reading tweets or both. There are 330 million people who are considered “monthly active Twitter users.” Everyone who uses the social media platform has people or organizations they follow, and in

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Organic Wines: Are They Worth Seeking Out?

Some called them flower children. Others called them hippies. I can vividly recall my father watching the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite one day during the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco and just shaking is head. “Look at

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Wine Glasses: How Many Types Do I Need?

A wine glass does more than simply serve as a holding vessel for wine. The founders of Riedel stemware viewed the wine glass as an instrument to bring together: * The personality of the wine. * The smell of the

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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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