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3 Great Reasons to Stock Up on Syrah While You Can

More and more, it’s looking like it’s going to be a long winter. For that reason alone, this is a perfect time to stock up on Syrah, the wine that goes by the name of Shiraz in Australia. But there

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Exploring California’s Top 5 Zinfandel Regions

You can procure Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay from any number of countries. But there is only one country where significant acreage is devoted to Zinfandel: the good ol’ USA. And within the U.S., virtually all of the Zinfandel grapes are

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How to Cut Calories Without Cutting Wine

This is the time of the year when we’re inundated with advertising that’s designed to make us feel bad about ourselves — under the guise of helping us feel better about ourselves. Oprah expounds on the benefits of Weight Watchers.

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How to Open a Bottle of Champagne — Safely

We want you to have not only a festive and fun New Year’s Eve, but also a safe one. A bottle of Champagne — whether it’s a vintage wine like the floral, fruitful and fresh 2009 Cristal by Louis Roederer

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Pinot Noir: A Holiday Must-Have Wine

There are two reasons that Pinot Noir is my go-to wine at holiday time. The first is that it’s so versatile with food. Pinot Noir pairs beautifully with turkey and all the trimmings… with a beef roast… and thanks to

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Why the Grocery Store Is the Last Place You Want to Shop for Champagne

The headline says it all. Here are four reasons you’re much better off putting your trust in the Champagne experts: Most grocery stores stock their wines standing up. They age more gracefully when laid on their side. Most grocery stores

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Malbec: Easy-Drinking, Spicy Pleasure in a Glass

Malbec had always played a supporting role in the great red blends of Bordeaux, but during the 20th century, its role had steadily diminished to the point that many French estates were no longer including it in their blends. Then,

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Cask 23: A Wine That Makes a Statement

When someone or something achieves iconic status, it doesn’t get much more prestigious. When I think of sports icons, Mickey Mantle comes to mind in baseball, Michael Jordan in basketball, Joe Montana in football, and Pele in that “other football”

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What to Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers — The Wine, That Is

We have an “early” Thanksgiving this year, as the fourth Thursday of the month falls on the 24th. If you follow the advice we give each year — to set up a table with a bunch of glasses, open up

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5 Ways to Commemorate National Zinfandel Day

We are less than two weeks away from National Zinfandel Day. The special day for California’s special wine is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16. Here is what it’s all about, according to the folks at the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers

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