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Are You a Beer Drinker? You’ll Love These Wines

Let’s be clear about one thing: Beer lovers can be every bit as “snobby” as wine lovers. And I mean “snobby” in a good way. It’s really a perception of others. Perhaps a better word would be: aficionados. Simply put,

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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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Aroma or Flavor: Which Is More Important?

One of the questions I’m often asked when presenting wine education courses has to do with the ritual of swirling wine in the glass. The question asked is: Why? The answer to that question is fairly simple, but it leads

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The Wines to Have on Hand for the Holidays

I can’t honestly say that the weather outside is frightful — not from my place of residence in sunny California, anyway. But I can say there’s no doubt the holiday season is in full swing. Intersections around shopping malls are

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It’s Almost Time to Celebrate National Merlot Day

Anyone who really gets into wine has an “ah-ha!” moment — otherwise known as an epiphany wine. It’s the first time you take a sip from a wine glass and think, “Wow, this is really good. I’m going to have

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Our Love Affair With Pinot Noir: It’s All About Flavor

Critics who praise the “complexity” of red Burgundy and Champagne are absolutely, 100-percent on target. A few years ago, a team of French and Italian researchers mapped the genome of the Pinot Noir grape, used to make bubbly and many

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The Perfect Place for Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is one of those wine varieties that’s easy to love, although there can be a wide quality divide between those sold at the supermarket and those found in the Crisp, Refreshing Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio Collection from

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Italy’s Most Beloved White Wines

Okay, let’s play “fill in the blank.” Ready? Here goes… Real Italians ________________________________________. I know quite a few “real Italians,” so I have a bevy of potential “blank fillers.” But this is a wine blog, so I’m thinking specifically of

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7 Reasons Why Australia’s Wines Are Must-Tries Right Now

I could list about 59 reasons why now is a great time to discover the outstanding wines of Australia. Really… I could. But your time is limited and my fingers are already tired from a long day of typing, so

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Don’t Let Summer Slip By Without Sangria

I first touched sangria to my lips on my 21st birthday. It was a weekend brunch at a Mexican restaurant, and about all I can remember about the drink is that it was red and served on ice. I did

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